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Politics Jun 06Young GOP voter turnout boosted by automatic registration in Oregon
The nation's first automatic voter registration system may have added about 51,000 new voters since January for this year's presidential election, a rate which far outpaces previous registrations since 2008.
Nation May 31Why President Obama can’t get enough of this small Indiana town
James Kruis grew up on the factory floors of his family’s molding and plastics business in Elkhart, Indiana, the city that President Obama says represents “the story of America’s recovery.” At age 10, Kruis rummaged through the…
Education May 25Could you spell your way into the National Spelling Bee? Take this quiz
Might your nascent spelling prowess place you in the upper echelons of this year’s contest? Take our quiz to find out how your spelling skills size up.
Nation May 19Morley Safer, CBS newsman for over five decades, dies at age 84
Veteran journalist Morley Safer died at age 84 after a period of declining health, CBS News reported Thursday.
Economy May 19How often Americans really use Uber, Lyft, Craigslist and Airbnb
Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults say they have used at least one out of nearly a dozen shared or on-demand services, according to a new study from Pew Research Center.
Economy May 11Are you in America’s shrinking middle class?
Over the last two decades, the U.S. middle class shrank across much of the country as income inequality grows nationwide.
World May 03What’s behind the killings of bloggers, activists and professors in Bangladesh?
In Bangladesh, progressive voices have been swept up in a growing wave of unprecedented violence. In April alone, four people were hacked to death.
Nation Apr 28How do 5.1 million children cope with a parent behind bars?
More than 5 million children have parents who have been behind bars in the United States. How do children cope with missing an incarcerated mother or father.
Health Apr 27New report reveals persistent health disparities by race in the U.S.
Despite recent improvements, health disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Nation Apr 26Over the last 13 years, has life improved in Indian Country?
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wants to know if living conditions for American Indian and Alaskan Native people has improved over the last decade.