September 28, 2012 A consulting firm hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in five battleground states has been let go after one of its workers apparently submitted over 100 questionable registration forms in Florida's Palm Beach County.
September 27, 2012 Even as Pennsylvania's controversial new voter ID law faces court challenges, nonprofits and other groups are busy helping the state's voters, especially the poor and elderly, weave their way through a sometimes complicated bureaucratic process to get a photo ID before the election.
September 20, 2012 As some states try to weed noncitizens from their voter registration rolls, there have been a few catches, and many mistakes. Advocacy groups worry that some of these people will be challenged at the polls or discouraged from voting on Election Day.
September 12, 2012 The government says that the poverty rate for 2011 was 15 percent, essentially unchanged from the year before. That still means that more than 46 million people lived below the poverty line last year. According to one economist, "the bad news isn't as bad as it has been."
September 10, 2012 Eight weeks before the presidential election, new laws passed by Republican legislatures that concern who can vote and when remain in the hands of federal and state judges. The federal court trial over South Carolina's voter ID law raised questions about how such laws might be implemented.
September 5, 2012 A USDA report shows that 18 million households are struggling with the lingering effects of the recession. Particularly hard hit are households with children headed by single mothers who may be working but aren't earning enough to get by without assistance.
August 28, 2012 At the federal trial over South Carolina's new voter ID law, the state's election director said the law wouldn't disenfranchise anyone. She said a clause in the law could let any would-be voter without an ID cast a provisional ballot, which led to lots of give-and-take with surprised judges.
August 20, 2012 Ever wonder how charitable the people are who live in your area? It turns out that lower-income people tend to donate a much bigger share of their discretionary incomes than wealthier people, according to a new study. And rich people are more generous when they live among those who aren't so rich.
July 25, 2012 President Obama's speech to the National Urban League in New Orleans comes amid a debate over the role of government in helping small businesses succeed. Some entrepreneurs in the black community say government's role is especially important for fledgling minority businesses with little capital.