Pennsylvania agreed to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, joining 26 states and the District of Columbia.
Federal regulators accepted a modified proposal from Gov. Tom Corbett (R) that will offer an estimated 500,000 low-income individuals subsidies to purchase private insurance. The plan allows some low-income individuals to be charged premiums for coverage, and permits the number of available benefit plans to be reduced from 14 to two -- a "high-risk" option and...Read more
Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday.
Howard G. Buffett told The Associated Press that his foundation plans to give the items, which include Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom, to an institute or museum he hasn't yet selected. Buffett said...Read more
The ability to transfer wealth from one generation to the next is the driving force behind ending intergeneratio
Most wealth in the United States is gained from the appreciation of home values over time. Twenty-five percent of Americans' wealth, the sum of all physical and financial assets, comes from the increased value of homes -- and that number is nearly 50% for people of color.
However, according to a new study by the Russell Sage Foundation, household...Read more
The IRS filed a tax lien against Vanessa Williams, saying the singer-actress owes the federal government $369,249 for her 2011 earnings.
The lien was filed at the New York City register office on August 13, 2014, according to a document on that website
The publicist for Williams did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for comment.
Williams, 51, was the first black Miss America, but her reign soon erupted into scandal when nude photos of her appeared in...Read more
An attorney for the Ohio man’s family, who was allowed to see surveillance video of the Aug. 5 incident, claims that the young father was leaning on the pellet gun and talking on the phone, with his back toward officers, when he was “shot on sight.”
John Crawford III did not even have the BB gun pointed in the air. In fact, he wasn’t even facing the officers who shot him.
At least, that’s what his family’s...Read more
An obvious way for everyone to help right the wrongs of Ferguson is to oppose voter ID laws, which are designed to suppress the black vote nationwide.
When a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this month, a community took to the streets in protest. In response, people all over the world began to think seriously about issues of race in policing, political representation, and the persistent reality of...Read more
"Hey batter, hey batter, batter -- swing!"
That's the chant my grade-school girlfriends and I would scream from the wooden bleachers at all the neighborhood Little League games. For maximum impact it was crucial to scream "Swing!" at the precise moment the ball crossed the plate. The goal was to intimidate batters to blindly swing and miss.
Our chants were loudest when my little brother, Rod, was on the pitching mound. He was a scrawny kid but...Read more
Amid ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., the national conversation about racial justice and police force has ignored a critical point that needs to be discussed, said Fox News pundit Juan Williams
Civil rights activists and black leaders have failed to address…
Health insurance premiums are going to skyrocket under Obamacare next year, maybe even double! No, wait -- they're only increasing a little, and less than before Obamacare! No, wait -- they're … decreasing in some places?
The crucial question about the…
Chicago is grappling with a crime paradox this summer: Even as overall crime including homicide drops, the rate of shooting incidents isn't slowing down and threatens to surpass previous years.
The city’s violent summer continued Friday with at least 11 shootings,…
A protester joins hands with community leaders during a peaceful protest in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.
As a youth justice advocate, I give lots of speeches and presentations to elected officials, the heads of national organizations, judges and attorneys.…