Nation Jun 11Prosecutors crack down on clergy abuse as bishops gather for conference
For decades, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were largely left to police their own. But now, as American bishops gather for a conference to confront the reignited sex-abuse crisis this week, they're facing the most scrutiny ever from secular…
Nation Jan 21For the poor, the safety net in a shutdown doesn’t feel safe
As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history stretches into a fifth week, millions of poor Americans who depend on food and rental assistance are becoming increasingly worried about the future.
Politics Dec 27White House and congressional Democrats see no deal on shutdown
Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon.
Politics Dec 20Trump administration wants to tighten work requirements for food stamps
The move comes just weeks after lawmakers passed a $400 billion farm bill that reauthorized agriculture and conservation programs while leaving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which serves roughly 40 million Americans, virtually untouched.
Politics Dec 12House passes farm bill and sends it to Trump’s desk
The House has easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.
Politics Dec 11Lawmakers reach farm bill compromise, clearing way for vote
The legislation sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years and provides more than $400 billion in farm subsidies, conservation programs and food aid for the poor.
Nation Oct 26Matthew Shepard laid to rest in Washington, 20 years after killing
More than 2,000 people gathered at the Episcopal cathedral, the second-largest cathedral in the country, to celebrate Shepard's life, mourn his death and honor his memory.
Nation Sep 23As aid checks go out, farmers worry bailout won’t be enough
Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China.
Politics Jun 28Senate passes farm bill, setting up clash on food stamps
The Senate has passed a bill that makes modest modifications to existing farm programs while largely avoiding changes to food stamps, setting up a showdown with the House.
Nation Jun 23Reports: HUD failed to track lead paint cases, ensure fixes
Two federal reports released this month blast the Department of Housing and Urban Development for failing to have procedures to adequately protect children in subsidized housing against lead paint exposure.