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Federal Appeals Court Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements

An Arkansas program that required most Medicaid recipients to work, volunteer or attend school to receive health coverage was "arbitrary and capricious," a three-judge panel ruled unanimously.

A Teacher Said Her Boss Wouldn't Allow Breast Milk Pumping. Now Georgia Lawmakers Are Pushing a Bill.

Federal law requires employers to provide certain accommodations for breastfeeding women, but some careers, including teachers, aren't covered.

The 53-State Solution

COMMENTARY | New states are the answer to America’s minority-rule problem.

Safety Net Programs, Local Grants on Chopping Block in Trump Budget

Trump’s $4.89 trillion budget proposal faces an uphill battle with Democrats in Congress, who were critical of domestic spending cuts.

Proposed Federal Rule Will Undercut State Lending Protections, AGs Warn

The attorneys general are concerned about a strategy that high-cost lenders can use to get around state interest rate caps.

In State of the Union, Trump Touts Trade Deals, Economic Wins

On the eve of an impeachment vote, President Trump underscored a recent agreement that he said will restore the United States’ “manufacturing might.”

FCC Approves $20 Billion Rural Broadband Funding Plan

While proponents heralded the fund as a major step to close the "rural digital divide," Democrats on the commission warned that many areas that need internet won't get help.

House Democrats Unveil New $760 Billion Infrastructure Plan

The 19-page proposal recommends tapping existing federal programs to funnel money to infrastructure projects.

Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Move Forward with 'Public Charge' Rule

States, advocacy groups and others have filed lawsuits to halt implementation of the rule, which limits the public assistance immigrants can receive and still be eligible for green cards.

FBI to Alert States About Local Election System Hacks

The FBI changed its policy to allow agents to inform both state and local election officials when election systems are breached.

2019 Capped the Hottest Decade on Record

The past decade was the hottest in recorded history, and 2019 was the second-warmest year, according to data released Wednesday by NOAA and NASA.

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Federal Judge Blocks State, Local Veto Power Over Refugee Resettlement

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order that would allow state and local governments to block the resettlement of refugees within their borders.

State Health Officials Say Medicaid Expansion Helped Combat Opioid Epidemic

Health officials from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania testified before a congressional committee about how states have used federal opioid funding.

Feds Should Take Steps to Help Coordinate Rural Transit Service, Watchdog says

The Government Accountability Office says U.S. DOT lacks an adequate strategy for communicating and sharing information about rural transit coordination opportunities and best practices.

States Seek to Keep Climate Change Lawsuit Out of Federal Court

Thirteen states filed a brief this month hoping to keep a Rhode Island lawsuit against oil and gas companies in state rather than federal court.

State Attorneys General Are Waging a Climate Change Battle Against the Trump Administration

In filing lawsuits against the Trump administration, Democratic state AGs have paid particular attention to both climate change and environmental protections.

A Plan for Closing the Gap Between ‘Superstar’ Cities and Other Metro Regions

Just five U.S. metro areas were home to more than 90% of tech sector growth between 2005 and 2017. How can policymakers change that?

States Split on Climate, So U.S. Will Miss Emissions Target

Even where states have succeeded in shrinking their carbon footprint, they’ve been hampered by the Trump administration’s rollbacks to regulations on power plants and vehicle emissions.

The Ripple Effects of Taking SNAP Benefits From One Person

A new Trump-administration rule will cut food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans, also affecting many of their relatives and housemates.

Democrats, White House Make a Deal on the New NAFTA

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a deal Tuesday on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.