Category Archives: public policy

AP Explains: Stephen Colbert vs. "Stephen Colbert"

This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on “The Colbert Report,” in New York. “The Colbert Report” will end on Thursday, Dec. Continue reading

Supreme Court considers Facebook threats case

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struggled Monday over where to draw the line between free speech and illegal threats in the digital age. Continue reading

Uncertainty Could Undermine Optimistic Immigration Reform Forecasts

Many economists, including the White House’s own, agree the recent executive action on immigration would be a big boost for the U.S. economy. Not only could unauthorized immigrants benefit from higher or fair pay and more bargaining power, but on the macroeconomic level, the move could boost spending levels, grow the American economy and decrease the deficit Continue reading

Texas, Georgia, Mississippi Set Conservative Example for Criminal Justice Reform

Everything is bigger in Texas, but there’s one thing even swaggering state officials are proud to boast is shrinking: the state’s mass incarceration rate. In the last five years, the Lone Star State’s imprisonment rate declined by 10 percent, while crime has dropped 18 percent. Continue reading

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer making gift to Harvard

FILE – This file photo taken Nov. 19, 2013, shows then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash. Harvard University is announcing that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is supporting an initiative to significantly expand its computer science studies Continue reading

Human Rights Campaign Tests Pro-LGBT Message in Mississippi

As the battle for same-sex marriage in Mississippi wages in a Jackson courtroom, a national LGBT rights group is taking its movement to the state’s neighborhoods, TV sets and telephone lines. Continue reading

White House turns to girls of color

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is planning to focus on improving the lives of girls and women of color, after months of complaints that they were left out of the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative for young men. Continue reading

North Carolina: Priciest State in History’s Most Expensive Midterm Elections

For the amount of money that went into North Carolina’s record-breaking Senate election, you could buy 57 Bugatti Veyrons, 123,000 base-model MacBook Airs or a 1.75-liter bottle of Grey Goose for every resident of Houston – with more than $3.5 million left over after the bulk liquor purchase. North Carolina’s $111 million contest between Republican Sen.-elect Thom Tillis and incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan was the most expensive senatorial showdown in U.S Continue reading

Arkansas, Nebraska Approve Minimum Wage Hikes

Two more states approved measures Tuesday to raise their respective minimum wages. Continue reading

Walker Wins Wisconsin; Potential 2016 White House Run Still on the Table

Incumbent Gov. Continue reading