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Home cheap home: Vietnam architect's quest for low-cost housing 25.1.2015 World

Farmer Vo Van Duong rests inside a S-House 2 built in his garden in Vietnam's southern Mekong delta province of Long An on December 11, 2014Vo Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house looks much like others deep in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. "It can last a long time, the structure is sound," he told AFP during a tour of the small building.


Annual count finds many more homeless in King County 24.1.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The annual One Night Count in King County found many more people sleeping on the street or in their cars.
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Annual count finds many more homeless in King County 24.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The annual One Night Count in King County found many more people sleeping on the street or in their cars.
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As rental market tightens, Steamboat's defunct hotels become affordable workforce housing 24.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The rental market is so tight in Steamboat Springs that two of the city's biggest lodging operations are taking charge of their workforce housing needs by leasing old empty hotels. The Sheraton Steamboat Resort found housing for dozens of its seasonal workers by leasing out 23 rooms in the city's defunct Iron Horse Inn close to downtown. In a similar arrangement, local property management company Resort Group secured housing by leasing the empty Alpiner Lodge on Lincoln Avenue. Before the Alpiner became available to rent out, Resort Group was looking as far away as Hayden and Craig for places to house its seasonal employees. Resort Group President Mark Walker called the local housing situation a crisis, and he was thankful an empty hotel was available this season. "Thank goodness the Alpiner wasn't occupied and we were able to get it," Walker said. "We were scrambling this fall to try and determine where we were going to put some of our seasonal workforce. The Alpiner has worked out very well for some of ...
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Mayor Promises Home Creation on City-Owned Parcels 23.1.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Mayor Marty Walsh announced last week that the he plans to build homes on 250 city-owned ...
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Steamboat Springs City Council reviews affordable housing issue 23.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Steamboat Springs City Council members agree that access to affordable housing in the city is an issue they should address. The council on Tuesday evening heard from city Director of Planning and Community Development Tyler Gibbs and Yampa Valley Housing Authority Executive Director Jason Peasley, who asked for direction in improving the housing situation. Demand for Steamboat rentals driving up prices The council is approaching the end of a 24-month suspension on previous restrictions for new multi-family housing developments and must decide by early August whether to continue the suspension or reinstate it or a similar set of restrictions aimed at increasing access to affordable units. Peasley presented U.S. Census population data and housing information from the Routt County Assessor’s Office to support his claim that supply is down and demand is up in the housing market. “Across the board, we don’t have enough supply,” Peasley said. “I believe that a lack of supply is resulting in the housing issues ...
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Elizabeth Warren Explains How Anti-Obamacare Bill Is Corporate Welfare 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- A bill that would redefine a full-time work week under the Affordable Care Act as 40 hours instead of 30 actually amounts to a break for corporations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) argued in a hearing Thursday. Under the legislation, businesses would be obligated to provide health care only to employees who work 40 hours a week or more, rather than 30. Republicans and some Democrats have backed the bill, saying the current 30-hour standard offers an incentive to cut workers' hours to get around Obamacare's requirement that full-time employees receive insurance. Supporters have pointed to numerous instances of employers -- from public schools to restaurant businesses -- doing exactly that. Yet those backers have downplayed broader economic indicators suggesting that businesses have not, in fact, shifted workers to part-time in order to avoid the Obamacare rule. In fact, part-time work has fallen since the law was passed. And a Congressional Budget Office report released earlier this month ...
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The Socialist Response to Obama's State of the Union 22.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Jon Stewart Gives 'Implodey' Award For Worst State Of The Union Response 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
After Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the Republicans delivered their response . And their response . And their response . And their response . So many Republicans who represent the Tea Party wing of the GOP delivered responses that "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart wondered aloud, "How many fucking people are at this Tea Party?" On Wednesday night's broadcast, Stewart presented his "Implodey" award "for outstanding achievement in unforced response speech errors." The nominees: Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Curt Clawson, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz. And the winner ...
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Revisiting the IRS 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Compania de Tobacos v. Collector The Republicans deserve credit for persistence, if not creativity. First it was the Affordable Health Care Act that they have voted to repeal no fewer than 54 times since taking control of the House in 2011. Now it is, once again, the Internal Revenue Service they have in their sights. Attacks on the IRS over the years have been less frequent but far more effective. In 2004 the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 became the law. One of the purposes of the Act was to transfer to the private sector jobs that had theretofore been done by the public sector i.e. the government. The Republican reasoning behind this move was that whatever the public sector can do, the private sector can do better, if given the chance. Once the act was in place the Republicans has a chance to test it out in real life situations. Accordingly, beginning in 2006 and, following Congressional instructions, the IRS farmed ...
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Republicans Really Don't Like Obama Taking Credit For Anything 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- After spending the past six years laying the blame for most of the nation's ills on President Barack Obama and his policies, Republicans sure weren't happy that he offered some new proposals and claimed some credit for the country's rebounding economy Tuesday night in his State of the Union address. Obama touted millions of new jobs added on his watch, an economy that's finally growing and a deficit that's shrinking. But Republicans did not want to hear about the successes of what they've derided for years as the "Obama economy." Even before the president spoke, potential 2016 GOP candidate Carly Fiorina declared in an interview that Obama deserves only blame, not credit. "He will apparently declare victory on the economy tonight, but of course, whatever life there is in the economy is not due to his policies, it's in spite of his policies," the former Hewlett-Packard head honcho told Newsmax . Not longer after, another possible 2016 contender, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), went even further, ...
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Lawmakers Continue Pushing For Iran Legislation, Despite Obama's Veto Threat 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Less than twelve hours after President Barack Obama directly warned lawmakers against nudging their way into talks over Iran’s nuclear program, members of Congress made clear that they weren’t planning to heed his cautions. “I have met no one that believes that us weighing in would do anything to destabilize these negotiations,” newly-minted Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at a Wednesday hearing. “Not a single one of [our negotiating partners] has any concerns whatsoever with Congress having the ability to vote up or down on a final deal. Many of them believe it strengthens our hand.” Obama promised in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that he would veto any new sanctions legislation that makes it to his desk. His administration has been insistent that it does not consider Congress' approval necessary for signing a deal capping Iran's nuclear program. In more than two hours of adversarial exchanges, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken and ...
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President Obama Could Have Talked More About Ferguson And Racial Politics In His State Of The Union Address 22.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last night's State of the Union address was largely celebrated for invoking issues plaguing minority groups, but to some, the speech served as a "missed opportunity" to dig deeper into issues directly impacting the lives of African-Americans. Such is the opinion of Ifeoma Ike , Co-Creator & Campaign Director of Black and Brown People Vote, who had hoped that Obama would've given racial equality more than just a fleeting mention. "I understand that it's the State of the Union address, but it's really frustrating at times when the issues that actually impact you on a daily basis are just mushed into one run-on sentence of really different issues," she lamented in a HuffPost Live conversation on Wednesday. She elaborated: He talked about Ferguson and Staten Island, which deals with the police brutality towards the black community, and then you go into the unfortunate violence that occurred with officers that were killed in New York City, and then you lump that in with the decrease in crime rates. And so, in ...
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Maternity Leave, Equal Pay And Affordable Childcare Spotlighted In President Obama's State Of The Union Speech 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's State of the Union address last night seemed to promise a renewed commitment to issues related to women and gender equality, specifically policies regarding maternity leave, equal pay and affordable childcare. According to blogger Anushay Hussain, of Anushay'sPoint.com , feminists had high hopes for the president's speech, which Hussain feels were largely met. "Leading up to it, so many feminist writers were talking about what our kind of wish list was that he would bring up, so it was amazing to finally hear him make a point about the fact that the U.S. is one of the few industrialized countries in the world that doesn't have mandated paid maternity leave, so I just thought it was amazing," she told HuffPost Live in a conversation on Wednesday. Obama also addressed reproductive rights and increased access to contraception . But making a public declaration to prioritize maternity leave, Hussain says, was especially exciting. "[For] The State of the Union to discuss paid maternity leave, ...
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States Fear The Supreme Court Will Eliminate This Key Anti-Discrimination Tool 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Many cities and states fear the U.S. Supreme Court is about to strike down a provision of the 46-year-old Fair Housing Act they have frequently wielded as a weapon against racial discrimination. For decades, cities, states and fair housing advocates have used the law’s “disparate impact” rule to challenge zoning rules, lending practices and other housing-related policies. Under the rule, plaintiffs don’t have to prove that a particular policy or practice is intended to produce a discriminatory result; they only have to prove that it does. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, which the high court will hear today, is a challenge to the disparate impact provision. The case revolves around the awarding of federal tax credits to low-income housing developers in ...
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State Of The Union Watchers Give Obama High Marks In Instant Poll 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Americans who watched President Barack Obama's State of the Union address largely approved, giving him better marks than they did for last year's speech, according to instant polling conducted by CNN. . @CNN / ORC instant poll of Obama's State of the Union #CNNSOTU http://t.co/mJt5gcOFun http://t.co/ysvz10tlsA — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 21, 2015 Positive ratings from State of the Union watchers are the rule, not the exception. CNN found Obama getting high marks in all five annual State of the Union speeches they previously polled (the network didn't conduct a post-State of the Union poll in 2012). Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also received largely positive ratings. Eighty-one percent of viewers had a somewhat positive or very positive opinion of the 2015 State of the Union, according to CNN -- up from 76 percent in 2014, and in line with ratings for Obama's speeches in 2011 and 2013. The speech also increased watchers' confidence the president's policies ...
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Dreamers At State Of The Union Hope Obama Continues To Push Forward On Immigration 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One year ago, during the 2014 State of the Union, undocumented immigrant and activist Cristian Avila sat in the House of Representatives gallery as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama. Avila, now 24, is a Dreamer, one of the young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. At the time of Obama's speech, Avila had completed a weekslong fast on the National Mall to call for immigration reform as part of his work with the advocacy group Mi Familia Vota. His goal was shared by President Barack Obama, who said in his 2014 speech : "Let’s get immigration reform done this year." That, of course, did not happen -- at least not through Congress, which did not pass any immigration reform bills in 2014. Instead, the year in immigration was marked first by gridlock and later, in November, by Obama's announcement of sweeping executive actions seeking to shield millions from deportation. Obama's decision to act alone on immigration set a new tone, which was on display during the 2015 ...
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Highlights From Obama's 2015 State Of The Union Address 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

In case you missed it, we mashed up all the best parts of Obama's speech into one handy video.

Watch the video above, and see more SOTU updates below:

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Watch President Obama Bask In Applause At The 2015 State Of The Union 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama delivered his seventh State of the Union address to the American people Tuesday. He called for better support for America's middle class, advocated for more paid time off for parents and vowed to continue pursuing the closure of Guantanamo Bay. He also spent a significant portion of his time listening to people clap for him. The rounds of applause at the State of the Union have become increasingly ceremonial, leading to calls to end the excessive "clap count." Still, members of Congress just couldn't help themselves Tuesday, and it looked like the commander-in-chief really loves the sweet sound of success conveyed by clapping hands. Check out the video above to watch Obama soak up the support in true presidential style. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live’s morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day ...
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John Boehner's Priceless Reactions To Obama's State Of The Union 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
If there's one thing John Boehner does well, it's looking like he wants to mute President Obama's State of the Union address. The Speaker of the House's reactions to Obama were so great in 2014 that HuffPost Live put them all together in one video , and since Boehner is just so much fun to watch, we went for round two in 2015. Check out the video above for the latest installment of Boehner's greatest hits, and relive the 2014 edition below. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live’s morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day ...
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