politics & society
Many domestic workers get stuck in jobs that pay them low wages, subject them to long hours and sometimes even expose them to physical abuse. And because many are undocumented, they don't, or can't, speak up. But some states are trying to change that.
There's been a controversy brewing around the way the military handles sexual assault allegations. It's been amplified by recent controversies that have enveloped top military leaders who are supposed to oversee the military's handling of sexual harassment cases.
Immigrants are often said to do the work Americans don't want to do. In the case of domestic workers, people who clean houses and care for the sick or elderly, that's certainly true, with most of those roles filled by immigrants. Now, with the process of a path to legalization, many domestic workers are looking for better conditions.
The White House's nominee for director of the Environmental Protection Agency is tied up in politics, so the Obama administration is pushing back. It recently released a report that says economic benefits from the EPA's regulations vastly outweigh the costs it imposes.
The arrest and expulsion of U.S. diplomat Ryan Fogle by Russian authorities reads like a Cold War-era novel. He was wearing a bright blonde wig, he had bundles of cash and instructions for how to create an untraceable email address. But where the U.S.-Russian relationship goes from here remains unknown.
The meat that Americans eat for dinner is usually processed, in large plants in the Midwest, by an immigrant. When one immigrant leaves the plants, for a better life, hopefully, another immigrant often steps in. Immigration reform has the potential to dramatically alter that dynamic.
Pakistan marked a monumental moment this weekend, with voters successfully electing a new individual to be the nation's prime minister. It marks the first time the country has successfully had a peaceful, democratic transfer of power.
Late last week, an IRS official apologized for her department targeting right-wing groups for additional scrutiny. Over the weekend, various media outlets got a look at a pending inspector general report. The report is expected to be released publicly this week, but the controversy is already swirling.
Some 11 million people have come to the United States, or stayed here, illegally, according to researchers, the number may actually under-represent the number of people who are affected. In many cases, U.S. citizen children are also disadvantaged by their undocumented parents.
The reality of unlawful immigration over the past decade or more has been families separated between the United States and the home country. For many Mexican families, the prospect of immigration reform in the U.S. brings to possibility of a much delayed family reunion.