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5 overlooked politics stories that are worth your time

The 24-hour news cycle is filled with political coverage, but not everything gets the attention it deserves. Here are five politics stories you may have missed in the past week.

1. Opioids’ rise in Arkansas has babies entering world addictedArkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/29. The number of babies born in Arkansas with neonatal abstinence syndrome, the result of being exposed to drugs in the womb, has increased tenfold from 2000 to 2014. Why it matters: The Trump administration designated opioid addiction as a public health crisis, committing to combating the epidemic as communities and now future generations continue to struggle with the issue.

2. HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to triple rents for poorest households would hurt single mothers the mostWashington Post, 4/27. An analysis of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to raise the minimum rent in federally-subsidized public housing found the change would have the largest effect on single mothers. Why it matters: This hits directly at the debate over the size and responsibilities of government and the role of public assistance.

3. The ‘Dragon Energy’ of Kanye West and Donald TrumpThe Atlantic, 4/25. The Atlantic looked at the cohesion of politics and pop culture following the Twitter bromance between Rapper Kanye West and President Donald Trump. Why it matters: Trump highlighted his Twitter exchange with West as an example of him having a good relationship with the black community, sparking a debate over what the Trump presidency has meant for minorities.

4. Supreme Court to decide on reining in class-action deals that only pay lawyers and their favored institutions Los Angeles Times, 4/30. The Supreme Court will hear a case that tests multimillion-dollar class-action verdicts in which attorneys and outside groups gain far more than the plaintiffs involved. Why it matters: Google is the lead defendant in the case, which touches on internet privacy. But the case could have a wide impact far beyond Google.

5. As Oregon’s midterms approach, divided sides dig inHigh Country News, 4/27. Oregon is facing a divisive election year, with 28 candidates in just two key races alone. Why it matters: Top conservatives and liberals are targeting and visiting Oregon, showcasing the polarizing tactics and rhetoric on display in the 2018 midterms.

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