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The story of poverty in affluent America is a sad one, but not a new one. And it is the story of more and more Americans. Many newly impoverished are victims of a broken economy and a collapsed housing market, and have joined the chronically poor living in the shadows of the world’s richest nation.

From here to the Midwest, the actions of law-enforcement authorities form the big political topic of the summer of 2014.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — often labeled a tea party conservative — drew particular attention for his statements on the troubles in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer. He linked a “militarization of law enforcement” to a more general “erosion of civil liberties and due process.”

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The Federal Communications Commission has extended the deadline for feedback on the issue of net neutrality by five days, making the new deadline September 15.

This follows reports that the Writers Guild of America was pushing for more feedback on the issue.

There's little debate that college costs have risen over the past decade and that the increase has hit the wallets of families hard — especially those in the greatest need.

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Cops have a difficult, sometimes impossible, job. It's tough enough when we ask them to handle crimes, the day-to-day lawbreaking that threatens all of us, and particularly those in low-income neighborhoods. When we ask them to be agents of social policy, problems emerge.

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President Barack Obama on Thursday called for "peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," one day before Missouri authorities were expected to release the identity of the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

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The constitutional crisis that has developed in Ferguson, Missouri, begins as is so often the case with a human tragedy.

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In America today, the views of the voting public are nearly meaningless; wealthy individuals and business-backed special interest groups are almost entirely responsible for the stances that politicians take on the issues. That’s the takeaway from a new study by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin Page of Northwestern University.

Los Angeles lawmakers were expected to vote Wednesday on a proposal to renegotiate or terminate an interest rate swap deal from the mid-2000s that critics say now costs the city millions of dollars a year in fees. If successful, the initiative could make the city the nation's largest to challenge ballooning Wall Street levies that accompany similar interest rate swap deals throughout the nation.

Assemblyman James Brennan says companies that own private power generators are overcharging consumers, potentially by billions of dollars.

But in his quest to get unredacted financial information from the companies, the Brooklyn legislator has run into a regulatory roadblock: Power generator officials say that if the information was made public it would put them at a competitive disadvantage and create market volatility. So far, the state has sided with the generator companies.