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US postal service logging all mail for law enforcement

by Ron Nixon New York Times July 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: a handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home....

North Carolina’s deep cut to jobless benefits takes effect amid protests

by Alan Blinder New York Times July 1, 2013

North Carolina’s sharp cuts in benefits to the unemployed went into effect this week, amid a swelling public outcry.The far-reaching changes enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature in February decreased the maximum benefit payout by more than one-third, which will result in a decline in t...

Take the impossible “literacy” test Louisiana gave black voters in the 1960s

by Rebecca Onion Slate June 28, 2013

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Cheap, trendy ‘fast fashion’ in demand, despite factory dangers

by Cara Kelly Washington Post June 28, 2013

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Interview with Daniel Shaughnessy, Chairman of the Board of World Hunger Education Service

by Margie Ferris-Morris World Hunger Education Service June 27, 2013

(June 27, 2013) World Hunger Education Service (WHES), which publishes “Hunger Notes,” began 37 years ago. Daniel Shaughnessy has been Chairman of the WHES Board for 13 years. ...

US suspends Bangladesh’s trade privileges due to labor concerns

by Katerina Sokou and Howard Schneider Washington Post June 27, 2013

President Obama announced Thursday the suspension of U.S. trade privileges for Bangladesh in response to growing concerns about labor rights and worker safety in the country....

Supreme Court stops use of key part of Voting Rights Act

by Robert Barnes Washington Post June 25, 2013

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House rejects farm bill as food stamp cuts prove divisive

by Ron Nixon New York Times June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The surprise defeat of the farm bill in the House on Thursday underscored the ideological divide between the more conservative, antispending Republican lawmakers and their leadership, who failed to garner sufficient votes from their caucus as well as from Democrats....

Military says law barring US assistance to human rights violators hurts training mission

by Eric Schmitt New York Times June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — A 16-year-old law that bars American aid to foreign security forces that violate human rights is drawing unusual fire from some top military commanders who say it undermines their ability to train the troops to fight militants and drug traffickers....