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At Pentagon, ‘pivot to Asia’ becomes ‘shift to Africa’

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post March 14, 2013

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Panel examines payroll fraud

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes March 13, 2013

(March 13, 2013) Payroll fraud dramatically reduces the income of millions of US workers, Kim Bobo of Interfaith Workers Justice said today at a Washington DC meeting on the issue. A major concern is that workers are arbitrarily classified as independent contractors, thus relieving their employer...

The hard lives—and high suicide rate—of Native American children on reservations

by Sari Horowitz Washington Post March 10, 2013

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A single home in a block once filled with houses with the Detroit headquarters of General Motors in the distance. The company is thriving again. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images

A private boom amid Detroit’s public blight

by Monica Davey New York Times March 4, 2013

DETROIT — Private industry is blooming here, even as the city’s finances have descended into wreckage.In late 2011, Rachel Lutz opened a clothing shop, the Peacock Room, which proved so successful that she opened another one, Emerald, last fall. Shel Kimen, who had worked in advertising in New Y...

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provided a weak safety net during and after recession

by LaDonna Pavetti Center for Budget and Policy Priorities March 4, 2013

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which provides basic assistance to families with little or no income, responded only modestly to the severe recession that began in December 2007, exposing its inadequacy as a safety net, as we explain in a new paper. ...

In spite of billions of dollars spent on heart attack research, and diet’s apparent critical role in preventing heart attacks, very few scientif...

by Gina Colata New York Times March 2, 2013

This is a watershed moment in the field of nutrition, medical experts say. For the first time, researchers have shown that a diet can have an effect as powerful as drugs in preventing what really matters to patients — heart attacks, and strokes and deaths from cardiovascular disease....

Michigan naming fiscal manager to help Detroit

by Monica Davey New York Times March 1, 2013

DETROIT — Over the fierce protests of this city’s elected leaders, the State of Michigan plans to send an emergency manager to repair the deeply troubled finances of Detroit, one of the largest cities ever to reach such a dire point or to face such a level of oversight....

Unemployment rates are projected to remain high for whites, Latinos, and African Americans throughout 2013

by Algernon Austin Economic Policy Institute February 25, 2013

The unemployment forecast for 2013 is stagnation: For whites, Latinos, and African Americans, year-end 2013 unemployment projections show essentially no improvement from the high levels that prevailed at the end of 2012. However, this prognosis may prove overly optimistic, as poor policy choices by ...

President Obama calls on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 from $7.25

by Annie Lowrey New York Times February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 and to automatically adjust it with inflation, a move aimed at increasing the earnings of millions of cooks, janitors, aides to the elderly and other low-wage workers....

North Carolina lawmakers move to slash unemployment help

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post February 12, 2013

North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday moved to drastically slash jobless benefits, joining the ranks of states that have decided they can no longer sustain the growing financial burden of the unemployed....