U.S. Census Announces Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States for 2012

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—September 17, 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased. Median household income in the United States in 2012 was $51,017,[Read More…]

4 Ways Austerity Demands Have Reached New Extremes

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–September 17, 2013.  In an effort to avoid a government shutdown, Senate Democrats have accepted spending levels equivalent to previous House Republican budgets, yet House Republican leaders are now insisting on new, deeper spending cuts in exchange for preventing a government shutdown, according to a new issue brief released[Read More…]

License to Kill: Report Shows How Weak Concealed Carry Laws Can Combine with Stand Your Ground Laws to Produce Deadly Results

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–September 17, 2013.  The Center for American Progress today released a report illustrating how Stand Your Ground laws paired with weak state gun-carry permitting laws allow dangerous individuals to carry concealed, loaded weapons in public with little law enforcement oversight or discretion. The release of the report was planned[Read More…]

ACLU Report Documents FBI Abuse Since 9/11

ACLU Offers Congress and the Attorney General 15 Recommendations for FBI Reform WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–September 17, 2013.  Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been granted by Congress and assumed for itself the power to investigate and collect data about millions of people. A report[Read More…]

US Marijuana Arrests Remain Largely Unchanged in 2012

  Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—September 16, 2013. By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director  The FBI released their crime and arrest statistics for 2012 today and, despite the fact that a majority of Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized, the total marijuana related arrests in the United States is largely unchanged year[Read More…]

Public Opinion Analysis Shows Big Gap Between Experts and the Public on Need to Cut Medicare Spending

Boston, MA–(ENEWSPF)–September 13, 2013.  As debate over the national debt and the federal budget deficit begins to heat up again, an analysis of national polls conducted in 2013 shows that, compared with recent government reports prepared by experts, the public has different views about the need to reduce future Medicare[Read More…]

States with the Most Federal Disaster Aid Sent Climate-Science Deniers to Congress

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–September 12, 2013.  Today the Center for American Progress released an analysis showing a state-by-state breakdown of the nearly $50 billion spent by the federal government on disaster relief in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. This is the first-ever estimate of each state’s receipt of federal disaster funds during[Read More…]

Boehner’s Damaging Continuing Resolution Plan Locks in Sequester Cuts for Domestic Programs, Partially Lifts Them for Defense

Washington, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–September 10, 2013.  House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) expected stopgap funding measure would lay the foundations for another round of damaging cuts to vital programs, services, and investments, according to a new report released today by the Center for American Progress. The analysis, authored by CAP President Neera Tanden[Read More…]

Driving and Economic Activity Link Differs Across the Nation

ANN ARBOR–(ENEWSPF)–September 9, 2013.  Driving in the Northeast and on the West Coast is associated with greater economic activity than in the South, says a University of Michigan researcher. The Midwest, Great Plains and Mountain States generally fall somewhere in between. “Despite the uncertainty about the nature of the relationship[Read More…]