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CFPB Introduces New Mortgage Rules

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Friday introduced mortgage rules promising new rights for borrowers and greater protection from harmful practices. The new category of mortgages – termed a “qualified mortgage” – comes free of risky features and is made based on a borrower’s ability to repay over the course of many years – not just initially when low interest rates keep payments affordable.

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Categories: Housing & Lending

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New Polling: Majority of Americans Believe Failure of Economy to Blame for Persistent Poverty

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched an “unconditional war on poverty” in his 1964 State of the Union address, most Americans believe that the failure of the economy to work for all keeps 46.5 million Americans in poverty and a third of Americans teetering on its brink.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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Civil and Human Rights Advocates Support Debo Adegbile’s Nomination to Head Civil Rights Division

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Today is the confirmation hearing for Debo Adegbile, who has been nominated to be Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies

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Senate Votes to Proceed with Unemployment Insurance Extension Bill

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Senate today passed a procedural vote (60-37) to allow consideration of a bill that would temporarily extend unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans struggling with long-term unemployment.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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Yellen Confirmed to Head Federal Reserve

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Senate voted Monday afternoon 56-26 to confirm Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve. Yellen is the first woman to fill the position and succeeds Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term ends on January 31. The Federal Reserve is the country’s central banking system created just over 100 years ago to provide the nation with a safer and more stable monetary and financial system.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy

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Congress Passes Federal Budget Deal

Thursday, December 19, 2013

In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress passed the Murray-Ryan Budget Agreement, a two-year government spending plan. After the House of Representatives passed it last week (332-94) with overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate approved it yesterday (64-36) with nine Republicans voting in favor of the plan.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy

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Half in Ten Campaign Releases New Report: Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

As part of its annual reporting on data to track progress in its goal to cut poverty in half in 10 years, Half in Ten released a new report yesterday, “Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013,” examining 14 indicators of economic security and opportunity at a state-by-state level.

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Categories: Poverty & Welfare

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Department of Labor to Measure Federal Contractors’ Compliance with Veterans and People with Disabilities Employment Rules

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections recently held a hearing to examine the Department of Labor’s recent final rules from its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regarding federal contractors hiring of veterans and people with disabilities.

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Categories: Disability Rights, Discrimination

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Civil Rights Groups Urge Washington to Change Football Team Name

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

At its annual meeting last week, The Leadership Conference passed a resolution calling for the Washington Redskins to change its name, saying it “cannot in any reasonable way be viewed as honoring the culture or historical legacy of any particular Native American tribe or individual.” The resolution also urged state, local, and federal governments to break association with the franchise.

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Categories: Discrimination, Indigenous Peoples

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Pillard Approved to Fill Second of Three D.C. Circuit Vacancies

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Senate voted 51-44 early Thursday morning to confirm Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the second of President Obama’s three nominees to the court to be confirmed since the Senate changed its filibuster rules.

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Categories: Judiciary

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