Civil Rights Activists Won’t Let Trump’s ‘Racist’ Rhetoric Derail an Immigration Agreement

The president denied on Twitter Friday that he had called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries,” after attacking a bipartisan deal offering ex-DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship.

Trump Is Quietly Swamping Visa Applicants in Extra Paperwork

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services already has an intense vetting process, so why is it asking for more evidence in more H-1B cases?

Florida Is Off the Offshore Drilling Expansion Table. Now Other States Want Off Too.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s new exemption for the Sunshine State will likely lead to lawsuits over its arbitrary nature.

Census Uncertainty Spurs State Action to Prevent Undercounting

Starting in February, the bureau will turn over address lists to states and local governments for double-checking that must be finished within 120 days.

North Carolina's Landmark Ruling Against Partisan Gerrymanders

Judges said redistricting designed to elect Republicans violated the Constitution, the first time a federal court has come to that conclusion.

New Jersey’s Smallest Lame-Duck Loser—An Official State Microbe

Even though a legislative proposal lost out in Trenton, this bacterium helped win a Nobel Prize and cure a global disease.

Virginia Is for Second Chances

Under Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia embarked on a campaign to grant clemency more often, and to restore the civil rights of convicted felons.

Trump Seeks to Nominate McConnell Staffer as Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair

The president proposed eliminating the economic development agency in his initial budget proposal. Tim Thomas, the prospective nominee to co-lead the ARC, spoke with Route Fifty on Friday.

Why Free College Tuition Is Spreading From Cities to States

The free tuition push hasn’t produced an economic bonanza for any of the pioneering cities—at least not yet — and some states have struggled to come up with the money to keep their end of the bargain.

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

Blaming States, Trump Dissolves Election Integrity Commission

The body struggled to compile concrete evidence of widespread voter fraud, wracking up lawsuits over voter suppression in the process.

As Boston, N.Y. Mayors Start Their 2nd Terms, a Focus on Housing Affordability

In their inauguration speeches, Marty Walsh and Bill de Blasio discuss what may be the the most difficult policy challenge U.S. city halls are facing.

Explore Route Fifty's 2017 Newsmap

We have a big country to cover. Take a look at what we wrote about this past year via our interactive map.

The Gem State Is Now the Nation’s Fastest Growing

Newly released U.S. Census Bureau figures show growth—and population loss—in the 50 states.

Memphis's Novel Strategy for Tearing Down Confederate Statues

In a surprise move Wednesday evening, the city sold two parks to a nonprofit corporation that promptly tore down monuments to Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis.

There Are More Hispanics in the U.S. Than We Thought

Much like those of Irish, Italian and German heritage before them, after several generations, Hispanics integrate to the point of disappearing.

The Most Expensive Weather Year Ever

Economists are tallying the damage from the fires and the hurricanes, and finding their true costs immeasurable.

The Case Against Library Fines—According to the Head of The New York Public Library

For many families across the US, library fines are a true barrier to access.

Looking Beyond Sexual Harassment

The most common forms of discrimination that women face are getting paid too little and constantly having their competence doubted.