Author Archives: Patrick Lester

Health Insurance Coverage Expands Under Affordable Care Act

More working-age adults have health insurance after the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund. For people aged 19-64, the uninsured rate dropped from 20 percent before the open … Continue reading

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Job Training Bill Approved

The House of Representatives passed legislation on July 9 consolidating and updating existing federal jobs training programs. The bill, dubbed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (HR 803), passed by a vote of 415-6. It was previously passed by the … Continue reading

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President Requests $3.7 Billion to Address Border Crisis

On July 8, President Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to address a surge of Central American children who have crossed the U.S. southern border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children and an additional 39,000 women with children … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Backs Religiously-based Objections to Federal Law for Corporations

In a 5-4 decision issued June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a for-profit corporation can be exempted from laws on the basis of religious belief. The decision came in a case (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby) in which the … Continue reading

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Same-sex Couples Treated as Married for Federal Tax Purposes

Same-sex couples that are legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages will be treated as married for federal tax purposes, according to a ruling issued by the IRS and Treasury Department on August 28. According to the IRS/Treasury announcement: … Continue reading

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NYC “Stop and Frisk” Policy Ruled Unconstitutional

U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled New York City’s “Stop and Frisk” policy unconstitutional in an August 12 decision. According to city officials, police stops have helped sharply curb major crimes in New York, including murders. But Scheindlin … Continue reading

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