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Corn Wars

On September 30, 2012, agents from the FBI contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago with an urgent …

Agriculture

Summer employers hired American amid Trump visa squeeze

What happens when guest-worker visas run out?<p>President Donald Trump’s harsh criticism of immigration programs and Congress’ refusal to lift a cap on work visas meant many seasonal businesses had to hire American this summer — and pay their workers more.<p>That's good news for Trump, for U.S. workers, …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Education

5 new rights that Congress could create for airplane passengers

New consumer rights for airline passengers may soon be on the horizon.<p>After video of a 69-year-old man being violently dragged off a United Airlines …

Airlines

Congress shouldn't cut funds for teen pregnancy prevention

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) abruptly cut short grants to more than 80 institutions and organizations nationwide …

Public Administration
21st Century

Visa Shortage Spurs Vacancies, for Jobs, at a Tourist Getaway

Mackinac Island has a permanent population of about 500 people and just as many horses, but no cars. From May to October, the picturesque Michigan getaway relies on about 3,000 workers to power its economic engine: summer tourism.<p>Historically, up to a third of those workers are foreigners, …

Hundreds of immigrants convicted and not deported committed more crimes — even murder

At least 121 killings within a four-year span were carried out by convicted immigrants who were not deported, according to a 2015 U.S. Senate …

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

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Republican lawmaker on Friday abandoned a measure that required public bathrooms to display anti-abortion signs …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

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 …

Equality

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, …

Pregnancy

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 …

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 …

Insurance

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 …

Assisted Suicide
Judiciary

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

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Immigration

1 Syrian family, among 10,000 refugees, settles into US life

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh took part in a ceremony Sunday in Amman, Jordan, to mark the United States taking in its goal of 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year-old resettlement program.<p>By Wednesday, the 47-year-old former construction worker and his family were walking grocery …

‘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 …

Government

Supreme Court puts the brakes on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Tuesday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay, halting implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of legal challenges to the program in court. The CPP is arguably the Obama administration’s signature environmental initiative, …

Judiciary

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 …

Key questions and answers about Obama’s new budget

President Obama is scheduled to release his annual budget Monday morning, a big book that includes the details of where he thinks the federal government should raise money and where it should spend it. In the $4 trillion budget, the president will call for an increase in spending and a series of …

Democratic Party