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Of all the nation’s poor, 82 percent experience circumstances that make it difficult or impossible to secure income, a new analysis by policy think tank Demos shows. The author of this analysis, Matt Bruenig, calls this population “the vulnerable poor.”

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Those orders represent a victory for unions, particularly the labor federation Change to Win, which has been organizing workers at federally contracted businesses through the campaign Good Jobs Nation. Low-wage workers affiliated with Good Jobs Nation — including food service and janitorial workers in federal buildings — have spent the past two years engaging in protests and other labor actions to pressure the federal government to improve contractor standards.

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The bill the Legislature passed along party lines in June would establish automatic registration for eligible voters when they apply for a driver's license or other form of ID at the Motor Vehicle Commission; create more opportunities for early voting; and offer online voter registration, among other provisions.
 
A number of states have enacted parts of these reforms - for example, 23 offer online voter registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures - but this legislation "would put New Jersey in pretty unprecedented territory in ter

Consumer advocacy groups have long complained that there is no link between bad credit and job performance. They argue that such checks lead to discriminatory hiring.

New York’s law is one of the toughest enacted on this issue, said Amy Traub, a policy analyst for Demos. States and local governments can make their own laws that further restrict employers except in cases where a credit check is required under federal law, she said.

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The system is profitable but imperfect, and for decades critics have attacked it for all sorts of offenses. In 1969, Columbia University legal scholar Alan Westin testified to Congress that the companies violated Americans’ right to privacy and that their inaccuracies damaged lives.

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The image chosen also appears to be deliberately misleading, Robbie Hiltonsmith, senior policy analyst for left-leaning think tank Demos, told Mic via email.

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Heather McGhee, the president of the left-leaning research and advocacy group Demos, often begins her Sundays by giving her mother something to talk about. “She’s the person who has a lot of opinions about my appearance,” said Ms. McGhee, 35, a frequent guest on morning talk shows and on MSNBC. Besides doing on-camera stints, she likes a day without meetings, conferences or fund-raising talks, instead pursuing culture with friends. She lives in Greenwich Village with two cats.
 
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 Given how tough it can be for many people to save for retirement, it’s unfortunate that some companies make it even more difficult. But a large number of 401(k) plans do just that by imposing high costs and offering subpar investment choices.

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In 1965, CEOs made about 20 times as much as the average worker. By 2013, they made about 273 times as much. And CEOs of fast food companies made about 1,200 times as much as the typical fast food workers, according to a 2014 report by Demos, a public policy organization in New York. 

The co-counsel in the case, Jenn Rolnick-Borchetta of Demos, a progressive policy organization, told POLITICO New York, the need to give information to people who have been stopped by the police “has been ordered, but what that is going to look like isn’t yet figured out.”

“The pilot form has a blank space for officers to fill in their information," said Borchetta, who said that creates a potential problem because “we know officers don’t give their info, or the right info.”