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Cliven Bundy: Are Black People 'Better Off As Slaves' Than 'Under Government Subsidy?' 24.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who was involved in a tense standoff with federal rangers in a dispute over grazing rights, didn't hide his racism in an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday. The Bureau of Land Management claims Bundy has let his cattle graze on federal land without paying since 1993, saying he now owes more than $1 million in grazing fees. When federal agents came to confront Bundy about the fees, they were met by an armed militia, a move that has fired up conservatives . Bundy is attempting to use his newfound fame to spread more than just his views on grazing rights, telling the Times he planned to hold a daily news conference. During Saturday's conference, Bunday shared his views on "the Negro": “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a ...
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What to do about L.A.'s sky-high rents 24.4.2014 LA Times: Commentary
A boost in minimum wage would allow residents to use a smaller percentage of their income on rent — in a city that ranks first in the U.S. in a comparison of median income and median rent.

The most fundamental problem Los Angeles faces is that a huge number of Angelenos can't even afford to live here. Their pay is too low; their rent is too high.
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The White House commits to powering up on renewables 23.4.2014 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com

At the Solar Summit, the Obama administration announced it will promote renewable energy installation for federally subsidized housing and military bases

The White House commits to powering up on renewables
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School Superintendents Push Lawmakers For More Affordable Housing 23.4.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)Representatives from some of the state's largest school districts say there are more homeless children now than ever before. Superintendents from St. Paul and Minneapolis schools joined lawmakers on Wednesday to push for $100 million for more affordable housing.
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Why middle class can't afford rents 23.4.2014 CNN: Top Stories
A decent, safe and affordable home is something all Americans need to thrive. While the lowest-income households continue to lack access to affordable rental homes, increasingly, middle-income households are also shut out.
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U 'redlining' report: banks still hurting non-white homebuyers 23.4.2014 MinnPost
University of Minnesota researchers ran some mortgage numbers, concluding redlining is so bad weathy minorities are having a tougher time getting mortgages than poor whites. The report, from the U Law School's Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (pdf) ,  asserts that, even after the economic recovery, Wells Fargo and other banks didn't distribute mortgage loans proportionally in diverse areas — in particular, underserved north Minneapolis. Wells Fargo, the area's largest mortgage lender, disputes the institute's claim. According to the report: Though blacks and Hispanics typically have lower incomes than white borrowers, income differences do not explain the disparities — very-high-income blacks and Hispanics were more likely to receive subprime loans than very-low-income whites. In fact, very high income blacks were 3.8 times more likely to receive subprime loans for home purchases than very low income whites, and 1.9 times more likely to receive subprime refinance loans. Although income is not the ...
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Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly 22.4.2014 Philly.com News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia.
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Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in Philly 22.4.2014 Entertainment
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia.
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What you’d need to make in every county in America to afford a decent one-bedroom 22.4.2014 Ezra Klein
Last month we wrote about a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition on how much a worker would have to earn to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers "fair market rent" in local communities across the country. The government sets these housing rates, which include rent plus utilities, based on ...
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Reverse Robin Hood Funding Threatens San Diego 22.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
San Diego 's sunny beaches and beautiful college campuses can be deceptive. The city's soaring housing costs force university students and low-income families to sleep on couches and to depend on free meals. Many, too, end up living out of cars. The waiting list for Section 8 housing is 10 years long, and as a result, families are being forced to move out of state. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition , a renter in San Diego's Metropolitan Statistical Area would need to earn $26.58 an hour to afford a fair market two bedroom apartment, yet, the average renter's wage is just $17.28. Despite this, the City of San Diego is trying to take away federal money that provides a source of relief. Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides millions in funding to cities across the country to fight poverty. This year, San Diego will receive roughly $11 million dollars in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The money is divided up into four categories: ...
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Your Rent Is Too Damn High 21.4.2014 Yahoo: Politics

Your Rent Is Too Damn HighThe average nationwide percentage of income spent on rent is now the highest it’s been in 30 years. Unaffordable rents aren’t just a New York problem anymore.


Worth of housing along Central Corridor rail line debated 21.4.2014 Twincities.com: News

Light-rail projects such as the Central Corridor or its future extension, the Southwest Line, are touted by officials as ways to connect low-income workers and residents of affordable housing to jobs throughout the metro.

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Housing shortage sends some Minneapolis seniors to suburbs 21.4.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Mpls. wants to keep seniors, but housing shortage sends some residents to suburbs.
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Can Democrats Go Long? 21.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For more than 30 years, the right has been throwing long passes. The Democrats, with some fine individual exceptions in the Senate and House, have been playing an incremental game, eking out gains of a few yards at a time and often being thrown for big losses. Guess which side has been winning. Four decades ago, supply side economics was a joke. The idea that cutting taxes on the very rich was the key to prosperity had been laughed out of the debate as "trickle down economics." Now low taxes on the rich -- even the dead rich -- are national policy. Forty years ago, Richard Nixon was fighting mostly on territory defined by Democrats. He had a universal health proposal somewhat to the left of the Affordable Care Act. Nixon was even for a guaranteed annual income, and that was before Watergate. In the 1970s, both parties were environmentalist. Epic laws like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act were approved with large, bipartisan majorities. Now, regulation is a dirty word. Meanwhile, Democrats have ...
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For LGBT seniors, affordable housing is scarce and often unwelcoming 20.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Wellness visits to struggling parents face budget cuts 19.4.2014 Seattle Times: Health
A federal program authorized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act sends nurses, social workers and others into homes where outside help might improve a child’s future. The expiration of the nurse-visit program has been looming at the end of the current fiscal year in September.
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Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare 19.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Republican National Committee sent a message to President Barack Obama Friday: the GOP is not moving on from Obamacare. The Republicans' message came in the form of a web video , posted one day after the president announced 8 million people had signed up for private health insurance using the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. During the announcement, Obama said it was time for Republicans "to move on to something else," and chastised states that chose not to expand Medicaid "for no other reason than political spite" against him. "You have 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states, zero cost to these states, other than ideological reasons, they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens," Obama said during a press conference Thursday. "That's wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else." Republicans argued that "Americans don't think it's time to move on" in the video. ...
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In The Age of Faux Populism, Where Are the Real Pitchforks? 18.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Robert Borosage

Americans are in a surly mood, confronting rules they feel are rigged against them. President Barack Obama captured this populist temper in his re-election campaign.

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Obama: Health plan ‘is working’ and many enrollees are young 18.4.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and that 35 percent of them were under the age of 35, countering those who predicted that it would attract mainly older and sicker people.
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Obama touts 8 million health care sign-ups 18.4.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
Countering the critics’ predictions, about 35% of new enrollees are under 35.
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