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Families Cast Their Ballots on Democracy’s Day

Families Cast Their Ballots on Democracy’s Day

EDITOR’S NOTE — It’s Election Day.  Associated Press reporters and photographers around the country are capturing the stories of families making a historic choice.  From the storm-battered New York metro area to a California city hobbled by foreclosure, and in precincts large and small, people are voting. Here are some of their stories: A Century […]

Real Cost of Teacher Layoffs is Our Future

Real Cost of Teacher Layoffs is Our Future

By now, the pattern is impossible to ignore: More than 30,000 teachers in California received layoff warnings last spring; another 300 prepared for unemployment in Milwaukee; in Chicago, 1,000 more were looking for work, and by the time school started in September some 60,000 teachers across the country had lost their jobs. Certain ramifications are […]

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

ARKANSAS – On a recent morning, a small crowd gathered in the freshly swept parking lot of the Lambrook, Ark., post office, a simple brick building with white trim. Word had spread quickly through the rural community of fewer than 100 residents that a meeting was being called that evening to talk about the U.S. […]

Alabama Police to Enforce Parts of Immigration Law

Alabama Police to Enforce Parts of Immigration Law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama are getting ready to enforce what is considered by many as the toughest immigration law in the nation. Beginning Thursday, authorities can question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond, and officials can check the immigration status of students in public schools, […]

Getting Sick Doesn’t Pay

Getting Sick Doesn’t Pay

SEATTLE – If the nation’s 14 million unemployed workers return to jobs, they will find some sobering changes in the workplace: They’ll earn less, pay more for health insurance and receive fewer benefits, some as basic as paid sick leave. Decades of progress in the fight for better employee benefits have been wiped out, putting […]

Extreme Alabama Immigration Law Heads to Court

Extreme Alabama Immigration Law Heads to Court

ALABAMA – A coalition of civil-rights, human-rights and faith groups filed a class action lawsuit Friday challenging Alabama’s recently enacted immigration law, House Bill 56. Tough anti-immigrant laws have been recently passed in a half-dozen states – Arizona, Indiana, Georgia, Utah, South Carolina and Alabama – mainly out of frustration with the federal government’s failure […]

Congressman Ryan: The Rich Man’s Robin Hood

Congressman Ryan: The Rich Man’s Robin Hood

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The debate over how to fix the $1.4 trillion shortfall and rein in $14 trillion in national debt has become less about money and more about government’s role in caring for the poor, the vulnerable, and the growing number of unemployed and underemployed. President Obama is standing firm on plans to discontinue […]

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