United States

Low wage workers are older than you think: 88 percent of workers who would benefit from a higher minimum wage are over 20, one-third are over 40

by David Cooper and Dan Esrow Economic Policy Institute August 28, 2013

It is a common myth that very low-wage workers—workers who would see a raise if the minimum wage were increased—are mostly teenagers. The reality is that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would primarily benefit older workers. Eighty-eight percent of workers who would be affect...

Travel guide for African Americans, civil rights activists pointed way to 1963 march. During the Jim Crow era, laws restricted black Americans from pa...

by Ruth Tam Washington Post August 27, 2013

African Americans traveling to the nation’s capital on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington will need little more than a GPS device to find their way. But 50 years ago, they might have needed a book to navigate through the racial prejudice of the times....

After Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech, FBI began spying on civil rights leader

by Tony Capaccio Washington Post August 27, 2013

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech inspired the world. It also galvanized the FBI into undertaking one of its biggest surveillance operations in history....

Median income rises, but is still six percent below level at start of recession in 2007

by Robert Pear New York Times August 21, 2013

Median household income has begun to recover over the last two years, but households still have not come close to regaining the purchasing power they had before the financial crisis began, a new study says....

Catholic push to overhaul immigration goes to pews

by Ashley Parker and Michael D Shear New York Times August 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops and priests from major dioceses across the country will preach a coordinated message next month backing changes in immigration policy, with some using Sunday Masses on Sept. 8 to urge Congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship ...

Fast food workers call for nationwide walkout August 29 in support of $15 minimum wage

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post August 19, 2013

Emboldened by an outpouring of support on social media, low-wage fast-food and retail workers from eight cities who have staged walkouts this year are calling for a national day of strikes Aug. 29....

California discourages needy from signing up for food stamps. The state’s participation rate is the lowest in the US—only about half of those ...

by Evan Halper Los Angeles Times August 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — It was not surprising that Texas held out. For years, Texas was among a handful of states that required every resident seeking help with grocery bills to first be fingerprinted, an exercise typically associated with criminals....

Head of secret court says court’s ability to police US spying program is limited

by Carol D Leonnig Washington Post August 15, 2013

The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government’s vast spying programs said that its ability to do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans....

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

by Barton Gellman Washington Post August 15, 2013

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents....

Trade with developing countries just got more expensive, thanks to Tom Coburn

by Lydia DePillis Washington Post August 12, 2013

The United States has a few ways to help out poor countries. It can just give them money, in the form of direct aid. It can give them stuff -- such as food, technology and weapons. Or it can simply stop taxing the goods they sell us, allowing their industries to grow and elevate the country on its o...