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A Program Trump Wants to Kill Helps Build Neighborhoods

A Program Trump Wants to Kill Helps Build Neighborhoods

The Trump administration is targeting federal programs it says don’t work. But, if you want homeless families in affordable housing, job training that leads to well-paying work, and after-school programs for grade schoolers, take a closer look at those targets. Consider Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. NEWS ANALYSIS  Over […]

White House Threat on ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Is Rebuffed, Again, by Cities

White House Threat on ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Is Rebuffed, Again, by Cities

NEW YORK (AP) — Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities” despite the financial risks. “We are going to become this administration’s worst nightmare,” New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Monday during […]

Portland Experiment Will House the Homeless in People’s Yards

Portland Experiment Will House the Homeless in People’s Yards

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box. A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing homeowners. Under the pilot program taking effect this summer, the homeowners will take over the heated, fully plumbed tiny […]

Millions of People to Keep Health Care, as Obamacare Repeal Stalls

Millions of People to Keep Health Care, as Obamacare Repeal Stalls

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor on March 24 after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation on the […]

U.S. Drops LGBT Questions From Surveys, Alarming Advocates

U.S. Drops LGBT Questions From Surveys, Alarming Advocates

NEW YORK (AP) — LGBT advocates are questioning the Trump administration’s quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys. Combined with the withdrawal of another planned survey evaluating the effectiveness of a homelessness project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, the moves have alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a […]

Sheriffs Take Issue With Trump’s Claim on Immigration ‘Detainers’

Sheriffs Take Issue With Trump’s Claim on Immigration ‘Detainers’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Several city officials and sheriffs around the U.S. lashed out Tuesday at a White House report aiming to shame them over what the Trump administration sees as lax immigration policies, saying it includes wrong or misleading information about recent arrests of immigrants or their jail policies. The pushback was not just […]

President Trump’s Second Travel Ban is Halted by U.S. Judge in Hawaii

President Trump’s Second Travel Ban is Halted by U.S. Judge in Hawaii

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hours before it was to take effect, President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge in Hawaii after hearing arguments that the executive order discriminates on the basis of nationality. The ruling came as opponents renewed their legal challenges across the country, asking judges […]

Citing ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law in Fla.? You Might Get More Protection

Citing ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law in Fla.? You Might Get More Protection

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s “stand your ground” law, a source of contention for years, could soon provide even more protection to people who invoke it. Some lawmakers want to make prosecutors prove a defendant wasn’t acting in self-defense before proceeding to trial. Florida has been a leader in giving citizens immunity in cases of […]

Protesters in Arizona: Racketeers? No, as Controversial Bill Dies

Protesters in Arizona: Racketeers? No, as Controversial Bill Dies

PHOENIX (AP) — The speaker of the Arizona House said he won’t hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights. The measure […]

Appeals Court: Denial of President Trump Travel Ban Stands for Now

Appeals Court: Denial of President Trump Travel Ban Stands for Now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, unanimously rejecting the administration’s claim of presidential authority and questioning its motives. The panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a lower-court […]

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