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Many foreign nationals who are not deported commit more crimes

Every year, federal immigration authorities release foreign nationals convicted of crimes — including murder — both because the U.S. Supreme Court …

Stop calling almond, soy and rice milks 'milk,' 25 members of Congress say

Got milk? Twenty-five members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk.<p>Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), leading the bipartisan charge against “fake milk,” signed a letter along with other congressional members, asking the U.S. …

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

Poverty

Is marijuana legalization in California the beginning of the end of the war on weed?

The door to legalized marijuana in California cracked ajar in 1996, when voters approved the Compassionate Use Act, which allowed doctors to recommend cannabis to their patients.<p>In November, the door flew open as voters approved Proposition 64 by a wide margin, a measure that legalizes marijuana …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Abandons Anti-Abortion Bathroom Signs Law

Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin, who had sponsored the original bill passed by the Legislature, proposed an amendment that would require the signs only …

Abortion

Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.<p>But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales …

Marijuana

Column: Raising the minimum wage lowers employment for teens and low-skill workers

Photo by Sean Murphy/The Image Bank via Getty Images.A report by the National Employment Law Project estimates that American workers will gain $62 …

Employment Law

Congress: Obama admin fired top scientist to advance climate change plans

A new congressional investigation has determined that the Obama administration fired a top scientist and intimidated staff at the Department of Energy in order to further its climate change agenda, according to a new report that alleges the administration ordered top officials to obstruct Congress …

Pot Use In Pregnancy Is Going Up. Here's What We Know So Far About Its Effects

It could have some serious, long-term effects on the child.<p>Pregnant women are using more pot than they used to, according to a large survey of 200,000 women in the U.S.<p>While rates of use are still low overall among pregnant women, they’ve increased a dramatic 62 percent over the past 12 years, …

How These States Ensure Welfare Dollars Aren’t Used for Alcohol, Lottery Tickets

A new state law in Maine went into effect last month prohibiting welfare recipients from purchasing items like alcohol, lottery tickets, and tattoos …

Poverty

State officials under pressure to OK ObamaCare premium hikes

State insurance officials say they are feeling pressure to approve large ObamaCare premium increases to prevent more insurers losing money from …

When Assisted Suicide Becomes Coercive

Even the best intentions cannot reverse the insidious effects of a wrong policy. When those who advocate for assisted suicide cite a benevolent …

Health Care
North Carolina

Angry Texas Judge Confronts U.S. on Immigration Plan ‘Lies’ - Bloomberg

Lawyers for the federal government have been squirming for more than a year under the threat of punishment from a Texas judge who’s convinced they …

‘Affordable care’? Not so fast.

Four ways Obamacare is pushing costs onto consumers.<p>The word is right there in the name of the law: “Affordable.” The ACA promised to bring health insurance down to earth, letting uninsured people buy policies that didn't break the bank, and bringing the astonishing cost of medical care into reach …

A Lobbyist Wrote the Bill. Will the Tobacco Industry Win Its E-Cigarette Fight?

WASHINGTON — The e-cigarette and cigar industries have enlisted high-profile lobbyists and influential congressional allies in an attempt to stop the Food and Drug Administration from retroactively examining their products for public health risks or banning them from the market.<p>The campaign targets …

Sea Level

Even ‘Medical’ Marijuana Has Dangers

Sorry, pot pushers—your “medical marijuana” is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance.<p>In a recent press release, the Drug Enforcement Administration …

Marijuana
U.S. Congress

Lawmakers debate scrapping Tricare

Members of Congress are taking a serious look at abolishing Tricare, the insurance option provided to members of the military and their families.<p>The …

Government

Silly Obama uses 'selfie stick,' asks 'Can I live?' in new video

President Obama showed his sillier side Thursday by posing with a "selfie stick," sticking out his tongue and playing a rousing game of air ball in a …

Low-key but on target, Obamacare season nears its end

Updated 02/14/15 09:19 AM EST<p>Obamacare enrollment draws to a close Sunday night, and all signs point to the White House easily meeting its target of getting 9 million Americans covered in 2015 — a drama-free ending to a season that proved a 180-degree turnaround from last year’s many problems.<p>The …

Lexington: Fun on a budget

LexingtonFun on a budget<p>Congress is incapable of restraining spending. It should let the president try<p>print-edition iconFrom the print edition | …

President’s 2016 Budget in Pictures

<b>Feb. 9, 2015</b> - Download PDF Version<p><b>By Jasmine Tucker</b><p><i>Easily share any of the charts below by clicking on the social media buttons directly below …

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