United States

Billions in debt, Detroit tumbles into insolvency

by Monica Davey and Mary Williams Walsh New York Times July 18, 2013

DETROIT — Detroit, the cradle of America’s automobile industry and once the nation’s fourth-most-populous city, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, the largest American city ever to take such a course....

License plate cameras track millions of Americans

by Craig Timberg Washington Post July 17, 2013

The spread of cheap, powerful cameras capable of reading license plates has allowed police to build databases on the movements of millions of Americans over months or even years, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report released Wednesday....

A young boy rides his bike through the courtyard of a Sibley Plaza housing complex near the parking lot where Washington’s Temple Courts Apartments once stood. Temple Courts was torn down five years ago as part of a plan to rejuvenate the area, into which the city had pledged to marshal hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private investment. Today, hundreds of people remain far from their homes, some in living conditions no better than the ones they left. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post

In Senate, an emotional appeal to restore ‘heart and soul’ of Voting Rights Act is made by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a leader of the 196...

by Warren Richey Christian Science Monitor July 17, 2013

Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia, an icon of the civil rights movement, urged members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to quickly restore a key section of the Voting Rights Act that recently had been struck down as unconstitutional....

McDonald’s offers budget tool for workers— who may need a second job

by Jenn Harris Los Angeles Times July 16, 2013

Mc Donald's has launched a website devoted to financial advice and tips for its employees called Practical Money Skills for Life, and in the process possibly signaled the fast-food giant isn't paying employees a decent wage. ...

Path ahead is unclear for food stamp funding

by Ed O'Keefe Washington Post July 12, 2013

The lead Democratic architect of the Senate farm bill on Friday faulted conservative Republicans for casting doubt on the future of federal farm and food aid policy as House GOP leaders left Washington for the weekend with no immediate plans to take up legislation addressing food stamp money...

Sisters map hunger solutions—give 3 years to visit 93 programs in 50 states and DC

by Linda Bloom United Methodist News Service July 11, 2013

NEW YORK, N.Y. (UMNS) — Betsy Comstock and Carolyn Pesheck wanted to see for themselves how people are responding to the issue of hunger in America.The two sisters, both active United Methodists, bought a used minivan and embarked on a series of road trips between 2009 and 2012 that took them to h...

Five years ago a Washington DC housing project was torn down to promote development in the area, with a promise to rebuild and return the people displ...

by Robert Samuels Washington Post July 7, 2013

When the city down Temple Courts five years ago, staff assured her that she and her neighbors would return. That there was a plan. That this time wouldn’t be like the others, when poor, black neighborhoods were paved over in the name of progress....

Children make their way off the bus after eating on the Lunch Express. Four buses deliver a total of 350 lunches each weekday in the rural areas surrounding Greeneville, Tenn. The bus visits trailer parks and housing developments. Children in these areas are often stranded in the summer, and, for some of them, the meal on the bus is the only reliable meal of the day. Michael S. Williamson /The Washington Post

After Supreme Court ruling, southern States rush to establish new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, which would make it...

by Michael Cooper New York Times July 5, 2013

State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act....

Barring of Bolivan plane infuriates Latin America as Snowden case widens

by William Neuman and Alison Smale New York Times July 3, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela — The geopolitical storm churned up by Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor, continued to spread on Wednesday as Latin American leaders roundly condemned the refusal to let Bolivia’s president fly over several European nations, rallying to his side ...