Reinstituted rules in the U.S. House of Representatives allow members to fire federal staffers and cut programs.
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House Republicans have adopted a rule used periodically over the past 150 years that allows lawmakers to speed up and streamline votes to dismantle federal programs and fire federal employees.
The Supreme Court appears on the cusp of ending Roe v. Wade.
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In past rulings, the court has acknowledged that there’s a connection between the ability of women to control their reproductive lives and the economic health of the nation.
Research shows providing a college education to inmates increases their chances of finding work upon release.
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An experimental program to provide a college education in prison is about to increase its reach. Is there evidence that it will pay off?
Bills have a long journey that includes going through the parliamentarian’s office in the Senate. Here, a corridor in the Senate.
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The Senate has a lot of rules, and its parliamentarian interprets what those rules allow – and what they don’t. That can mean a bill will face either huge obstacles, or very few obstacles to passage.
Víctimas de esterilizaciones forzadas protestan en Lima, Perú, en 2014. Las audiencias públicas para descubrir este oscuro capítulo de la dictadura de Fujimori comenzaron en enero.
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La esterilización forzosa de mujeres indígenas en el Perú de Alberto Fujimori se disfrazó como una estrategia de “planificación familiar”. Más de 250 000 peruanas fueron sometidas a ligaduras de trompas entre 1996 y 2001, muchas de ellas sin su consentimiento.
Victims of forced sterilizations protest in Lima, Peru, in 2014. Public hearings to uncover this dark chapter of the Fujimori dictatorship began in January.
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Forced sterilization of Indigenous women was a covert part of ‘family planning’ under Fujimori. Over 200,000 Peruvians underwent tubal ligations between 1996 and 2001 – many without their consent.
Prison education programs have been shown to improve job prospects.
For the first time since 1994, incarcerated individuals can get federal aid to pay for college. A prison education scholar explains how higher education helps those who have run afoul of the law.
People wearing protective masks form lines to receive free food from a food pantry run by the Council of Peoples Organization on May 8, 2020 in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
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For economically strapped Americans, the financial fallout from the epidemic may be permanently embedded in their digital profiles, making it harder for them to regain their economic footing.
Automated algorithms – not humans – are increasingly making decisions about who’s eligible for welfare benefits.
States are increasingly turning to machine learning and algorithms to detect fraud in food stamps, Medicaid and other welfare programs – despite little evidence of actual fraud.
Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani in late November 2016, after Trump won the presidential election.
A former congressional staffer says withholding damning evidence from Congress and using civilians to carry out presidential or intelligence agency agendas links the Ukraine crisis to other scandals.
Facebook allows advertisers to target low-income Americans.
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The drumbeat of data breaches and the growing problem of identity theft disproportionately harm low-income Americans.
Research shows prison education lessens the chances that inmates will return to prison after their release.
For people in prison to have a better chance at earning a living upon release, Congress should lift a longstanding ban on federal student aid for those serving time, a criminal justice scholar argues.
Morning clouds cover Capitol Hill in Washington, April 12, 2019.
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The Mueller report is out, heavily redacted and the investigative materials it’s based on aren’t public. That’s where Congress comes in, writes a former House counsel. Now they can investigate.
The gender pay gap has proved difficult to close.
Women make about 81 cents for every dollar a man earns, little changed in recent years. Could more pay transparency change that?
Attorney General William P. Barr, appointed by Donald Trump, has provided Congress with only a summary of Mueller’s report.
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The president and attorney general can try to keep the findings of Mueller’s investigation secret. They’ll likely use both the secrecy of grand jury proceedings and executive privilege to do that.
Prison education programs have been shown to lead to better employment rates for those who have served time.
Through stories of redemption, a professor who oversees a Maryland prison education program says the time has come to restore federal financial aid for America’s incarcerated.
Women earn less than men in most occupations, including soccer.
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A decade ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the latest legislative effort to close the persistent gap between how much women and men earn. Here’s why it hasn’t made much of a difference.
Studies suggest few women formally complain about sexual harassment in the workplace.
Courts have created three legal barriers that have made it much harder for workers to complain to their employers about sexual harassment.
Arbitration trials don’t always result in equal justice.
The court narrowly ruled that employees who sign arbitration agreements can’t bring class action suits over unpaid wages.
This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos honored musician and philanthropist Elton John for his contributions to upholding ‘human dignity.’
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The global elites are paying attention.