Category Archives: Washington Post

Report: Wrongful convictions have stolen at least 20,000 years from innocent defendants 

The National Registry of Exonerations (NRE) will soon publish the second part of a study it commissioned of its database of all known false convictions in the United States since 1989. The NRE was kind enough to send me an advance copy. Source: Report: Wrongful convictions have stolen at least 20,000 years from innocent defendants – […]
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Formerly incarcerated Americans face tough odds. The farm bill could make them even tougher. 

When formerly incarcerated Americans leave prison, they face tough odds across the board. They are almost 10 times more likely than other Americans to end up homeless. Their unemployment rate, even in this booming economy, is a staggering 27 percent. And the struggle is even more difficult for people of color and women. As Susan Burton, a […]
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Google’s location privacy practices are under investigation in Arizona

The probe focuses on Google’s alleged practice of recording location data about Android device owners even when they believe they have opted out of such tracking. Google’s alleged practice of recording location data about Android device owners even when they believe they have opted out of such tracking has sparked an investigation in Arizona, where […]
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Middle-class income rose above $61,000 for the first time last year, U.S. Census Bureau says

The median U.S. household earned $61,372 in 2017, the highest recorded level and a sizable jump from the prior year, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday. Middle-class income rose to the highest recorded levels in 2017 and the national poverty rate declined as the benefits of the strong economy lifted the fortunes of more Americans, the […]
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What unites America around clean energy

It’s all about economics. During our recent travels across the United States, we met with the policymakers, business leaders and activists behind the nation’s radical shift to clean energy. After speaking with them, it became evident that there were countless motivations driving this transition: climate change, healthier air, environmental justice, customer choice, national security and […]
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Category 6? Climate change may cause more hurricanes to rapidly intensify.

A new study shows that we have a lot to worry about when it comes to changing hurricanes as the planet warms. In little more than a day, Hurricane Florence exploded in strength, jumping from a Category 1 to a Category 4 behemoth with 140 mph winds. This process — hurricanes intensifying fast — is […]
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States’ decision to reduce support for higher education comes at a cost

As we enter the third decade of the new millennium, rather than use higher education as a balance wheel in the state budget, lawmakers working with college officials need to develop a new model of public higher education. It’s college rankings season, and if you look at the top of the listings from U.S. News & […]
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The down-ballot officials who could freeze the Trump Train in its tracks

State attorneys general are “becoming like third U.S. senators with a unique set of powers.” A sexual-abuse report in Pennsylvania in mid-August created an earthquake within the Catholic Church. A court ordered last week that downloadable blueprints for 3-D-printed guns be banned from the Internet. And on Wednesday, oral arguments begin in a federal court case that could gut the Affordable […]
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Under Trump, the jobs boom has finally reached blue-collar workers. Will it last?

Growth in this sector is occurring at the fastest rate since 1984. Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November’s midterm elections. Jobs in goods-producing industries — mining, […]
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Top civil servants leaving Trump administration at a quick clip

‘It’s a big problem…a lot of talent, a lot of knowledge’ leaving. The streams of people heading for Uncle Sam’s door are top federal civil servants fleeing the Trump administration. The exodus of Senior Executive Service (SES) members was nearly 26 percent higher under President Trump in fiscal 2017, which included most of his first […]
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