A few states have banned the practice of indiscriminately shackling juveniles. But that's not true for the majority. Bryan Schatz reports A Court Put a 9-Year-Old in Shackles for Stealing Chewing Gum—an Outrage That Happens Every Single Day: The nine-year-old stole a 14-stick pack of Trident "Layers" chewing gum, Orchard Peach and Ripe Mango flavor, […]
The uninsured rate dropped significantly in 2014, according to the regular Gallup survey, and Kentucky and Arkansas led the way thanks largely to Medicaid expansion. Nationwide, the uninsured rate dropped 3.5 percentage points last year, from 17.3% to 13.8%, the lowest annualized rate across the seven years of Well-Being Index measurement. No state reported a […]
In a surprise turn of events, Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid put the brakes on a Tuesday proposal from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a "clean" Homeland Security funding bill. Before Senate Democrats agree to that course of action, Reid said House Speaker John Boehner must signal his support for such a bill. Here's […]
Another TransCanada pipeline. President Obama vetoed the bill approving construction of the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday. In a statement, he said: I am returning herewith without my approval S. 1, the "Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act." Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for […]
President Obama and Sylvia Burwell The onus is on a Republican Congress and mostly Republican states to come up with a solution for the millions of people who could lose their health insurance subsidies in a case the Supreme Court hears next week. King v. Burwell challenges the tax credits people who live in the […]
Q: Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration? A: There is no automatic payment, but some working immigrants could […]
FlackCheck.org, our sister website for political literacy, recaps the recent work of SciCheck, our new feature on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.