In the run-up to the 2012 elections, the federal government is ordering that 248 counties and other political jurisdictions provide bilingual ballots to Hispanics and other minorities who speak little or no English.
December marks the fourth anniversary of the start of the Great Recession. The nation has become a different place during that period: Poverty has worsened, young Americans are being hit hard by unemployment, and government debt has skyrocketed.
Bob Baschoff used to work for a bank, commanding a corner office and a six-figure salary that allowed his family to enjoy a comfortable life in the wealthy lakefront village of Lake Bluff. All of that is gone now.
In his jobs speech earlier this month, President Barack Obama spoke eloquently of a time when Americans felt that hard work invariably paid off. We "believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their fair share."
More than 300 Airmen, Sailors, civilians, dependents and distinguished visitors attended a bill signing ceremony, Aug. 17, at Nose Dock 1 at Joint Base Charleston-Air Base, to witness South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ceremoniously signing S. 404, the Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Act.
Even those in the U.S. who complain about excessive government regulation say they’re in favor of rules that would require banks to clearly disclose the fees they attach to checking accounts, a new survey shows.
The debt-ceiling debate in Washington is being watched closely in state capitals, as a U.S. default, or a lowering of the country's bond rating, will have a ripple effect in states and communities across the nation.
As negotiations over a major deficit reduction package appear to be going nowhere over the weekend, federal and state officials, financial and corporate executives, and average investors and consumers suddenly face the very real threat of the first-ever default on U.S. debt, a possibility that once seemed unthinkable.
Just the threat of a federal default is prompting California to get a $5 billion loan to make sure it can pay its obligations. States around the nation are drawing up contingency plans in the event that federal policymakers don't resolve the debt ceiling impasse by Aug. 2.
Failure to raise the federal debt ceiling could cripple state and city capital projects across the country, including wiping out funding for building schools and roads, according to a report on Wednesday.