• Associated Press September 16, 2019 9:02 pm

    Some CBD Vapes Contain Street Drug Instead of the Real Thing

    Some operators are cashing in on the CBD craze by substituting cheap and illegal synthetic marijuana for real CBD in vapes and edibles such as gummy bears, an Associated Press investigation has found. Spiked vapes have sent dozens of people like Jenkins to emergency rooms over the last two years. Yet people behind the products have operated with impunity, in...

  • Department of Justice August 16, 2019 11:46 am

    Migrant Kids Separated at Border Faced Abuse in Foster Homes

    After local Guatemalan officials burned down an environmental activist’s home, he decided to leave his village behind and flee to the United States, hoping he’d be granted asylum and his little boy, whose heart was failing, would receive lifesaving medical care. But after crossing the border into Arizona in May of last year, Border Patrol agents tore the man’s 7-year-old...

  • New York City January 21, 2019 2:57 pm

    For the Poor, the Safety Net in a Shutdown Doesn't Feel Safe

    Doris Cochran, a disabled mother of two young boys, is stockpiling canned foods these days, filling her shelves with noodle soup, green beans, peaches and pears—anything that can last for months, or even years. Her pantry looks like she’s preparing for a winter storm. But she’s just trying to make sure her family won’t go hungry if her food stamps...

  • Donald Trump January 11, 2019 5:23 pm

    ‘We're Barely Getting By': Federal Workers Get $0 Pay Stubs as Shutdown Drags on

    Federal workers received pay stubs Friday with nothing but zeroes on them as the effects of the government shutdown hit home, deepening anxieties about mortgage payments and unpaid bills. All told, an estimated 800,000 government employees missed their paychecks for first time since the shutdown began three weeks ago. Fuming employees posted pictures of the $0 pay stubs on Twitter...

  • Donald Trump December 29, 2018 7:42 pm

    Short on Solutions, Long on Blame in 2nd Shutdown Weekend

    Cooped up in the White House after canceling a vacation to his private Florida club, President Donald Trump fired Twitter barbs at Democrats on Saturday as talks to end a weeklong partial government shutdown remained at a stalemate. As the disruption in federal services and public employees’ pay appeared set to continue into the new year, there were no signs...

  • Donald Trump December 29, 2018 8:52 am

    Farmers Risk Loss of Federal Payments, Loans From Shutdown

    The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Then parts of the government shut...

  • Donald Trump December 28, 2018 1:06 pm

    Trump Threatens to Shut Border Without Funding for Wall as Government Shutdown Languishes

    It’s looking increasingly like the partial government shutdown will be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year — the first big confrontation between President Donald Trump and Democrats — as agreement eludes Washington in the waning days of the Republican monopoly on power. Trump on Friday threatened to close the U.S. border with Mexico if...

  • Donald Trump December 27, 2018 7:11 pm

    Government Shutdown Likely to Stretch Into Next Week

    Federal workers and contractors forced to stay home or work without pay are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse affecting hundreds of thousands of them. For those without a financial cushion, even a few days of lost wages during the shutdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall could have dire consequences. As well, the disruption is starting to pinch citizens...

  • Donald Trump December 20, 2018 6:51 am

    USDA Moves to Tighten Restrictions on Food Stamps

    The Trump administration is setting out to do what this year’s farm bill didn’t: tighten work requirements for millions of Americans who receive federal food assistance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday is proposing a rule that would restrict the ability of states to exempt work-eligible adults from having to obtain steady employment to receive food stamps. The move...

  • Donald Trump October 29, 2018 2:24 am

    House Democrats Promise Action on LGBTQ Rights Bill

    Just weeks ahead of a midterm election they hope will deliver them a majority, House Democrats are promising to prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would for the first time establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said she would introduce the Equality Act as one of her first orders of business if Democrats retake the...

  • Donald Trump October 6, 2018 8:26 am

    Collins Backs Kavanaugh, Paving Way for Confirmation

    After weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests, a pair of wavering senators declared Friday they will back Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, all but guaranteeing the deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation’s highest court on Saturday.

  • Donald Trump September 28, 2018 7:47 pm

    Trump Agrees to FBI Probe of Kavanaugh, Bows to Flake, Dems

    Reversing course, President Donald Trump bowed to Democrats’ demands Friday for a deeper FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake balked at voting for confirmation without it — a sudden turn that left Senate approval newly uncertain amid allegations of sexual assault.

  • director August 14, 2018 10:04 am

    Time's Up Gives $750,000 for Combating Sexual Misconduct

    A fund dedicated to aiding victims of sexual harassment and assault is giving $750,000 in grants to local organizations across the country. The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund on Tuesday announced its first round of grants to 18 groups helping support low-wage and domestic workers. Among the grantees are organizations working toward increased education and outreach, as well as groups...

  • Donald Trump June 28, 2018 8:33 pm

    Senate Passes Farm Bill, Setting Up Clash on Food Stamps

    The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that makes modest modifications to existing farm programs while largely avoiding changes to food stamps, setting up a showdown with the House....
    The bill passed 86-11....
    The legislation renews farm programs such as crop insurance and land conservation. Farm programs are set to expire Sept. 30 unless Congress acts....
    Work on the legislation comes at a...

  • Donald Trump June 15, 2018 1:38 pm

    Trump 2020 Working With Ex-Cambridge Analytica Staffers

    A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, The Associated Press has learned. The AP confirmed that at least four former Cambridge Analytica employees are affiliated with Data Propria, a new...

  • CEO June 7, 2018 8:37 am

    HUD Plan Would Raise Rents for Poor by 20 Percent: Analysis

    Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness. Morris lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where most households receiving federal housing assistance would see...

  • Congress May 24, 2018 4:57 pm

    Senate Approves Sexual Harassment Bill for Congress

    The Senate gave swift approval Thursday to a bill that revamps the system for handling sexual harassment complaints on Capitol Hill. The bill eliminates mandatory waiting periods for handling claims and requires lawmakers to repay the Treasury for harassment settlements. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., called Thursday’s vote, done unanimously without a roll call, “an incredibly important moment.”

  • California April 14, 2018 6:48 pm

    AP Investigation: Doctors Keep Licenses Despite Sex Abuse

    Even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and top politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving, according to an Associated Press investigation. Even when doctors are disciplined, their punishment often consists of a short suspension paired with therapy that treats sexually abusive behavior as a symptom...

  • Trump administration April 11, 2018 5:54 pm

    Trump Administration Weighing Drug Testing for Food Stamps

    The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who’ve long sought ways to curb the safety net program. The proposal under review would be narrowly targeted, applying mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and applying for some specialized jobs, according...

  • director March 10, 2018 9:30 am

    Debate Stirs Over ‘America's Harvest Box,' Food Benefit Plan

    Hawaii’s food stamp administrator says he was stunned when he first heard that the U.S. Agriculture Department wanted to replace some cash benefits with a pre-assembled package of shelf-stable goods. That changed quickly to frustration, befuddlement and serious concern. “This will wreak havoc on the states,” said Pankaj Bhanot, who serves as director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services and...

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