Amid statewide teacher walkouts forcing Oklahoma and Kentucky schools to shut down, some public school teachers are taking their protests to the ballot box —- running to unseat state lawmakers they believe are failing to deliver adequate funding for schools. Cyndi Ralston, a 30-year public school
The budget released by the White House today contains proposed changes for the program that provides access to food for Americans who otherwise might not be able to afford it. And anti-hunger advocates aren't pleased. Lucy Melcher, associate director for advocacy with the anti-hunger group No Kid
Amanda Petersen wants people to know that having metastatic breast cancer doesn't define her. The 40-year-old West Virginia native is also a wife, a stepmother, a proud aunt and an advocate who works to support other people with terminal cancer. Part of the freedom to define herself, she said, has
Wanda Witter, 80, who up until last week was homeless and living on D.C.'s streets, has received $99,999 in Social Security retirement benefits, but she could be just one of many people owed cash due to a "tangled mess" at the Social Security Administration, according to the social worker who
Late last month, as Ruth Riley was preparing to testify before the U.S. Congress about her experience as a child whose family was in the food stamp program, she went to talk to her mother, Sharon. "It was the first time I think I really understood the circumstances around my childhood from a more
Five days in to my food stamp challenge, I was seriously hangry. To be clear, I wasn’t hungry -- I’d consumed enough calories and nutrition to fill me. But I had just finished my fifth night in a row of meatloaf, roast potatoes and frozen green beans and I had to literally choke it down. I was full
Overcoming GOP opposition, the Senate today cleared the way for a vote on extending long-term unemployment benefits for three months, but still must wrestle over a way to fund the measure. Democrats and Republicans will now negotiate over a final bill and what amendments to...
House Republicans offered a pre-emptive response to a potential bipartisan Senate debt deal today, offering their own tentative plan, which adds a two-year delay to the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax and a new condition requiring federal elected officials to enter the health care...
The sequester's barely visible economic impact combined with relatively strong economic forecasts doesn't seem to have hurt Republicans politically and may have even made them bolder. Obama warned for months that the layoffs and pay cuts that would result from domestic and military spending cuts