Most Deportations for Minor Crimes

April 13, 2014
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Most Deportations for Minor Crimes

What do you do when what you are doing is not working? The way the nation is treating undocumented residents satisfies no one.

The country keeps deporting people who came here without legal papers. Many of them simply do not have a driver’s license. Immigration advocates want the president to suspend deporting these people. They want him to deport criminals. He says he cannot do much more under present law.

The...

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – What it Meant

April 13, 2014
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 – What it Meant

Fifty years ago black Americans were called “colored people.” The South had a system called “Jim Crow.” It meant that black people were not treated equally. They were treated as second-class citizens. More than two-thirds of the people living in America today were not...

Getting Loans Getting Easier

April 13, 2014
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Getting Loans Getting Easier

One result of the “Great recession” was to make it harder for banks to loan money to homebuyers. New regulations limited the level of the risk banks could take.

The rules hurt borrowers who were prime or near-prime credit risks. Super-prime borrowers continued to get...

Warning on Climate Change: Worst is Yet to Come

April 6, 2014
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Warning on Climate Change: Worst is Yet to Come

Ice caps are melting. Sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing. Water supplies are coming under stress. Heat waves and heavy rains are getting worse. Coral reefs...

Latino Voters May Stay Home

April 6, 2014
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Latino Voters May Stay Home

The election of 2014 will decide who controls Congress. All the members of the House of Representatives are up for election. About one-third of the members of the Senate...

The Mule Ladies of Melilla

April 6, 2014
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The Mule Ladies of Melilla

Melilla is on the Spanish side of the border between Spain and Morocco. It is a small town in a small area.

It is known for its port. Each year...

Affordable Care Act: It Depends on Where You Live

March 30, 2014
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Affordable Care Act: It Depends on Where You Live

Friend and foe said the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is national health insurance. Conservatives do not like it. They said health insurance is not the federal government’s business. Progressives...

Michelle Obama Puts a Human Face on America

March 30, 2014
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Michelle Obama Puts a Human Face on America

President Obama’s wife, Michelle, went to China with their children, Malia and Sasha and her mother.

Relations between China and the U.S. are never easy. Both countries have financial, military...

Where Do You Stand on Gay Marriage?

March 30, 2014
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Where Do You Stand on Gay Marriage?

The polls say it mostly depends on your age.  For all Americans, more than half (55 percent) support marriage between two people of the same gender.

An expert said this...

In Brief

How to Live Longer: Be Married

Married people are more likely to be heart-healthy than single, divorced or widowed people.

That is the finding of a large study funded by a...

High Cholesterol Children

Heart problems for adults begin early in life. They start with high cholesterol levels in children between 9 and 11 years of age.

A new...

Better Taken Care of Kids are Better Off As Adults

Most people agree. Infants born into homes with parents who take good care of them are better off than when the opposite is true.

A...

Lenders Find New Ways to Exploit Borrowers

Payday lenders charge very high interest rates. Banks charge fees for transactions and overdrawn accounts. Banks and payday lenders both charge for late payments.

It...

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