Economist: Encouraging family-friendly workplace policies

For over a generation now, families have been struggling to figure how to balance work and responsibilities at home. Most children—over 70 percent—grow up in a family with either a working single parent or with two parents who both work. Because both men and women are overwhelmingly likely to be working, most families do not have a stay-at-home parent or anyone available to provide care if a family member falls ill.

World Baseball Classic brings together 16 nations

For most, around this time of year, “March Madness” is all about college basketball and that’s totally cool. Really, college ball is for real. No doubt. Lots of props there.

Florida springs into action for public education

ORLANDO, Fla. -- “Make Our Schools a Priority” was the call from about 6,000 voices at a statewide education rally in here Feb. 28, the weekend before the legislative session begins in Tallahassee.

Madea beats out Jonas Brothers in box office

Teen idols 'Jonas Brothers' got beaten out by 'Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail,' which won its second weekend box office in a row with $16.5 millio in North America, according to media reports Monday.

Time to restructure mortgages, bank system

The home foreclosure crisis and the implosion of the nation’s banking system are so closely linked the federal government must address both at the same time—and time is running out, says Damon Silvers, a member of the congressional oversight committee examining how the U.S. Treasury Department is spending taxpayer money in the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) to help bailout the financial system.

U.S. prepares for change on Cuba

Congress is beginning to act on Cuba. Justifications for lifting the U.S. blockade of Cuba have gained currency. The policy has had bipartisan support for almost half a century.

Another terrifying ICE raid, but this time, a different response

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- In a terrifying early morning raid Feb. 24 here 28 workers, believed to be undocumented, were arrested at Yamato Engine Specialists by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Arrests thrust right-to-die into spotlight, again

BALTIMORE—Voters in Washington State last fall, and in Oregon eight years ago, approved by strong majorities ballot propositions legalizing physician assisted suicide for terminally ill patients suffering unbearable pain. Known as a movement for “death with dignity,” it has spread nationwide.

The Obama budget and health care reform

As has been widely reported, the Obama administration's newly unveiled budget creates a $634 billion fund over the next ten years to promote affordable access to health care and control the cost of skyrocketing prescription drug prices.

The Obama budget and energy policy

With its new budget, the Obama administration has made clear that it intends to make energy policy a cornerstone of its agenda. The Obama budget proposes to invest $15 billion each year over the next 10 years in wind and solar energy as well as in developing energy efficient vehicles.

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