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Low-Income Health Subsidy to Continue, White House Says

Low-Income Health Subsidy to Continue, White House Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay [...]
LGBT Workers Win Safeguards for U.S. JobsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” “America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” Obama declared at a White House [...]
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‘These are Just Like…my Children’DALLAS (AP) — As unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into South Texas, community leaders from Dallas to Los Angeles to Syracuse, N.Y., have offered to set up temporary shelters to relieve the Army bases, holding cells and converted warehouses at the border. The outreach offers stand in sharp contrast to other places around the country, [...]
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Racial Diversity Receives Boost With Court ApprovalAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race as a factor in undergraduate admissions as a way of promoting diversity on campus, the latest in an ongoing case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court last year only to be sent back [...]
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Chicago Parents Stand Up for Loved Ones – Their KidsFamilies in Chicago’s public schools have experienced trying times recently. Last year, about 13,000 students were displaced after school officials closed nearly 50 campuses and cut tens of millions of dollars in the face of a budget deficit. Last month, officials announced that the jobs of more than 1,100 employees of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) [...]
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Citigroup Pays $7B in Mortgage Settlement and Still ProfitsWASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday. The settlement represents a moment [...]
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Judge: Florida Congressional Districts Need to be RedrawnTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.  Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that legislators relied on GOP political operatives who worked in secret to craft the final political maps [...]
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Building Momentum & the Summit on Working FamiliesMeetings about big topics of the day come and go in Washington, D.C. But given that families – especially working families – are so central to community strength across the country, Equal Voice News recently talked with a participant in the White House Summit on Working Families. The gathering was held on June 23. The [...]
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Migrants Arriving: Why Do People Come to America?ARRIAGA, Mexico (AP) — Five years ago Gladys Chinoy’s mother left Guatemala for New York City, where she went to work in a restaurant and saved money for the day when she could bring her daughter north. In June, convinced U.S. authorities were allowing unaccompanied children to stay in the country once they made it [...]
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United Nations: Central American Migrants are RefugeesSAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum. Officials with [...]
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