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Tax Fight: Airbnb Called Out for "Sweetheart Deals"

April 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the busy summer travel season just around the corner, a newer player in the lodging game is being called out in allegations ...Read More

New Eviction Data Underscores America's Affordable-Housing Crisis

April 23, 2018

WASHINGTON — New data from the Eviction Lab project shows that more than 6,000 Americans were kicked out of their homes every day in 2016. That's a ...Read More

Gaps Cited in Protections for Small-Business Employees, Nonprofit Volunteers

April 18, 2018

BOLIVIA, N.C. — With the growing awareness of harassment in the workplace, many workers across the country may not realize they aren't protected by ...Read More

Puerto Rico’s Lights Slowly Coming Back On, But Study Faults Privatization Plan

April 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — Seven months after Hurricane Maria, 95 percent of Puerto Rico finally has power again. But a new report shows little is being done to ...Read More

Advocates for Somali Detainees in Fla. Plan Next Protest

April 11, 2018

MIAMI - Immigrants' advocates are meeting this week to determine their next move as they protest the indefinite detention of Somali immigrants in ...Read More

Report: Many Baby Boomers Unprepared for Retirement

April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON - A new study confirms what others already have concluded: Many Baby Boomers haven't saved a dime for retirement, which can't help but ...Read More

Website Showcases Innovative Environmental Bills Across Country

April 9, 2018

CARSON CITY, Nev. — If lawmakers are having a hard time generating ideas on environmental change, they now have a place to view what other states are ...Read More

Will Super Pac's North Carolina Election Activities Haunt Bolton?

April 5, 2018

John Bolton takes the reins as President Donald Trump's new national security advisor on Monday. In advance of the move, Bolton's Super PACs ...Read More

States, Cities Push Back on Census Citizenship Question

April 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seventeen states, seven major U.S. cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors filed a lawsuit this week in an effort to remove a ...Read More

District Attorney Elections: The Next Front Line of Criminal Justice Reform

April 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Who are the most powerful people in the justice system? Many say they are district attorneys. Until recently, there's been ...Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Citizenship Question on Census

March 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Civil rights leaders are slamming a Trump administration decision to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census survey for the ...Read More

Climate-Change Denial Could Weaken Government's Disaster Plans

March 26, 2018

FAIRFAX, Va. – Scientists say the effects of climate change are being ignored by federal government disaster planners, to the potential detriment of ...Read More

Report: Alabama Medicaid Work Requirement Plan a Catch-22

March 21, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is accepting comments on its bid to impose a Medicaid work requirement - a plan that a new report suggests is a no-win for ...Read More

Place, Race and Health: How is Your Community Doing?

March 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — If you want to know how healthy your county is, check the ZIP code. For the ninth year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and ...Read More

In Defense of Democracy: Sunshine Week Highlights Freedom of Information

March 12, 2018

WASHINGTON — In a time when the media frequently comes under attack, supporters of freedom of the press say defending the First Amendment and ...Read More

Brooke's Story: A Child Rape Survivor Speaks

March 8, 2018

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Brooke Hubbard was sexually abused by her father from age three until puberty. She hopes her story can help others understand ...Read More

Mayors to EPA: Keep the Clean Power Plan

February 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — Wednesday in San Francisco, the Environmental Protection Agency holds a "listening session" on its proposal to repeal the Clean Power ...Read More

Florida Governor Breaks With Trump, NRA, Offers Gun-Control Proposals

February 26, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott had enjoyed an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association, but he has broken with the NRA of late ...Read More

Teachers Consider Strike to Protest Gun Violence

February 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – The shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla. is sparking student protests nationwide – and in some areas, teachers are considering ...Read More

Report: Canceling Student Loan Debt Would Boost Economy

February 19, 2018

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. That's greater than all credit card debt and eclipses all motor ...Read More

Bill Up for Vote Today Could Lead To Spread of Predatory Loans

February 14, 2018

Consumer groups say predatory payday lenders would be able to flood the market with sky-high interest-rate loans - and get around state laws - if a ...Read More

Website Tracks Government Attacks on Climate Science

February 12, 2018

NEW YORK – Alarmed over what they see as the government's growing hostility toward science, groups at Columbia Law School have created an online ...Read More

An Idea for Fixing America’s Current Retirement System

February 8, 2018

NEW YORK – For far too many Americans, the prospect of a secure retirement is dim. A retirement expert says this crisis is a problem the nation can ...Read More

Fight to Stop Bayou Bridge Pipeline Goes to Court

February 8, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. — The fight over the future of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline goes to court today. A federal court in Baton Rouge will consider a ...Read More

Retail, Restaurant Businesses Boom with Minority Participation

February 5, 2018

WASHINGTON — As Black History Month begins, there's some good news for African Americans in the workforce. The unemployment rate for ...Read More

Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl: Is it a Myth?

February 1, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — The Super Bowl has commonly been regarded as the single largest human trafficking event in the country - but that claim is now up for ...Read More

Advocates: No Permanent Victories for Environment

January 29, 2018

DENVER – From the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act to the Climate Agreement in 2015, environmentalists have celebrated regulations that curbed pollution, ...Read More

Roots on Wheels: People Living in RVs Full-Time

January 24, 2018

DENVER – A growing number of Americans are finding that snails may have the right idea after all by taking their home with them wherever they go. ...Read More

Survey: Over a Year, One in Ten Young People is Homeless

January 22, 2018

CHICAGO — A first-of-its-kind survey found the rate of homelessness among young adults to be much higher than previous studies have indicated. ...Read More

January Worst Month for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

January 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Carbon monoxide can be fatal, and sometimes difficult to detect. According to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...Read More

Cities Taking on Major Problem Solving Role

January 15, 2018

NEW YORK – With massive budget cuts and deregulation coming from Washington, a new book says cities increasingly are becoming centers for problem ...Read More

Senate Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Rule Secures Floor Vote

January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate bill that would reverse a recent Federal Communications Commission decision to roll back net neutrality has received more ...Read More

Will Including Citizenship Question be Recipe for "Flawed" 2020 Census?

January 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Justice Department request to include a question on citizenship to the 2020 census is raising concerns it could sabotage results. ...Read More

SNAP Benefits Could Be at Risk When Congress Debates Farm Bill

January 5, 2018

Congress is expected to begin work soon on the $140 billion farm bill, but there are concerns that some conservatives are targeting nutrition ...Read More

"Once They Drill, There's No Going Back"

January 5, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina business groups are among those speaking out against a new proposal to open up the majority of the Atlantic Coast to ...Read More

Groups Brace for Second "Bad Year for Environment" Under Trump

January 2, 2018

HAILEY, Idaho – Environmental groups say they're bracing for another year of rollbacks of protections for public land, water and air in 2018, based ...Read More

Inaction in Congress Could Leave 1.9 Million Kids Without Health Care

December 21, 2017

WASHINGTON -- It's coming down to the wire for Congress to pass a bill to provide long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and ...Read More

Report: Climate Change Will Reduce U.S. Wind Power without Technology, Innovation

December 20, 2017

DENVER – A new study from the University of Colorado shows carbon emissions could reduce how much wind is available for making electricity, with the ...Read More

New Jersey Nuke-Power Subsidy Bill Draws Fire

December 18, 2017

BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- It's lame-duck season at the New Jersey Legislature, as current lawmakers meet after the November election before their successors ...Read More

Concerns Aired About Impact of Tax Bill on State, Local Revenue

December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — The big tax bill Congress is likely to pass includes a change many say will squeeze important state and local revenues. One part of the ...Read More

Politics Figure Into More Companies' Marketing Strategies

December 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- The decision by the retailer Patagonia to sue the Trump administration is the latest in a long line of civic-minded actions by ...Read More

Georgia Recognized as National Leader in Care of Youth in Foster Care

December 7, 2017

ATLANTA – Georgia is leading the way when it comes to making sure preteens and teens in the state's foster care system are equipped with the tools to ...Read More

Historian: GOP Tax Bill Will Lead to Economic Collapse

December 7, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. -- Republicans are expected to have a few successes to tout following the passage of their tax bill. On top of a global economy that's ...Read More

Senate Tax Bill Includes Drilling in Arctic Refuge

December 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attached to the Republican tax plan that passed the Senate on Friday was a provision that would open up 1.5 million acres of the ...Read More

Report: Using Brain Science to Make Foster Care Better

December 4, 2017

HONOLULU – There are some new findings at the intersection of adolescent brain development and what teens in the child welfare system need in order ...Read More

Can Sanctuary Status for Immigrants Extend to Digital Realm?

November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Will the shelter that sanctuary cities want to provide to immigrant populations extend to the world online? While law enforcement ...Read More

Will a Key White House Environmental Role Support Ag in Kansas?

November 28, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A vote will be held Wednesday on a key environmental position at the White House, and there are some concerns about the nominee's ...Read More

Arctic Drilling: What's at Stake for New Jersey?

November 27, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. – A plan to open up a cherished landscape to oil and gas drilling is steadily moving through Congress – and could have implications for ...Read More

Groups Mobilize to Keep Net Neutrality Protections

November 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – Civil rights advocates are sounding the alarm after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to overturn ...Read More

How to Avoid Overspending, Debt On Black Friday

November 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — On Black Friday, millions of Americans will head out to their favorite store or the mall for the annual shopping event. Economists are ...Read More