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The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn't pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.
Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.
The president's executive action will grant temporary relief to some of the more than 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what you should know.
Cattle theft has been making a major comeback. A drought in the West has meant higher beef prices, making cattle an attractive target for thieves.
Twenty-five years after a landmark report, a follow-up study finds childcare workers still earning about the same as fast food workers.
This country has 11 million undocumented workers give or take, according to the Pew Research Center, and workers without papers make up 5 percent or so of our labor force.
It’s a varied group, but large numbers of them rent rather than own, speak English poorly and live at 150 percent of the poverty line. That translates to around $18,000 a year for an individual, or roughly $36,000 for a family of four.(Courtesy of: Migration Policy Institute)
This group works largely “in the hospitality industry, in construction and in places with agriculture,” Audrey Singer of the Brookings Institution says. “But people would be surprised at the variation that is behind those numbers.”
So what happens if and when many of them get permits to work legally? The Migration Policy Institute figures a change could affect upwards of 3.7 million people, freeing them to chase better jobs.(Courtesy of: Migration Policy Institute)
“As people get legal status they are going to be more mobile,” the institute’s deputy director, Marc Rosenblum, says. “There are some unauthorized immigrants who are unable to change jobs, because they don’t have proof of work eligibility. It’s difficult to quit a job and look for another one.”
Legal working papers can also give workers confidence to bargain for higher wages, Rosenbaum says.
In a study of people who got new green cards, the only people who moved up the wage ladder had high-skills. Less than one in five do, says Laura Hill of the Public Policy Institute of California.
“It was really the high skilled workers who were able to translate this new status into better paying jobs,” institute senior fellow Laura Hill says. “The lower skilled unauthorized workers, which are the majority, were not able to make the transition.”
If that’s an indication, only those with good skills and English may be emboldened by work papers. And any change may be temporary. It would come via executive order, which means the next president could move in and press the “undo” button.
Diabetes costs the United States $322 billion a year, or $1,000 for each American. That's 48 percent more than it was just five years ago.
Newly published research finds that common texting posture can put as much as 60 pounds of force on the cervical spine.
When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.