Pam Fessler

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Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tony Simmons is a former heroin addict and drug runner who had been in and out of jail. Today, he helps many of Baltimore's 3,000 homeless residents — with housing guidance, advice and hugs.


Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, an independent report finds.


An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

Monday, January 12, 2015

An exhibit in Brooklyn aims to upend stereotypes about public housing by profiling residents and their achievements. The curators know their subject well; they once lived in public housing themselves.


Near Police Killings, A Community With A Cycle Of Crime

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The police shooting in New York occurred outside a public housing project that's had an increase in crime. Some are trying to reduce violence and debunk myths about those who live in public housing.


Charities Kick Off Holiday Season With Giving Tuesday

Monday, December 01, 2014

We preview Giving Tuesday, the annual online campaign to raise money for charities, and examine the overall outlook for charitable giving this year.


Anti-Poverty Groups Prepare For Battles With New Congress

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

They've been fighting to maintain government spending for social services during a tough economy. In January, they'll face an all-Republican Congress, and the likelihood of steeper cuts has increased.


Activists Against Voter Restrictions May Be Hindering Their Own Cause

Friday, October 31, 2014

Those fighting new voting laws are watching the polls closely for evidence that the legislation restricts the right to vote. But these same groups are pushing voter turnout, in some cases to vote the proponents out of office.


Gunman Kills Soldier Outside Canada's Parliament

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Canada's Parliament building went on lockdown Wednesday after a gunman killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Robert Siegel speaks to CBC reporter James Cudmore.


Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

About 1 in 5 voters now mails in his ballot. But many ballots are rejected because they arrive late, the voter forgets to sign the form or the signature does not match the one on record.


Recent Rulings Alter Voting Laws Ahead Of November Election

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Here's a recap of the flurry of last-minute legal activity involving state voting laws from Arkansas to North Carolina.


Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws In Texas, Wisconsin

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Supreme Court blocked a measure in Wisconsin requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots and a federal judge in Texas ruled that state's ID law was discriminatory.


U.S. Supreme Court Court Halts Wis. Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

Friday, October 10, 2014

The court told Wisconsin it may not implement its law requiring voters to present photo IDs. In Texas, a federal judge struck down that state's ID law, saying it discriminates against minority voters.


Rules For Provisional Ballots All Over The Map

Thursday, October 09, 2014

People who don't have the right ID or who run into other problems at the polls are often told to vote a provisional ballot. But the rules governing these ballots vary, and many are never counted.


As Election Nears, Voting Laws Still Unclear In Some States

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A federal appeals court in Ohio just upheld a decision extending early voting in that state — but several other big voting law cases are still undecided, just weeks before the midterm elections.


Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging Americans to register is pretty provocative.


A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

An innovative program seeks to fight persistent poverty by helping a struggling family navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many people poor.


Millions Struggle To Get Enough To Eat Despite Jobs Returning

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The number of food insecure Americans did not decline between 2012 and 2013, according to the USDA. And the level of food insecurity remains much higher than it was before the recession.


Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

Friday, August 29, 2014

A federal court will hear a challenge to the controversial law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up before the Supreme Court.


Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?


On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide?

Monday, August 25, 2014

A federal court will hear arguments Monday on whether Kansas and Arizona can require proof of citizenship when people register to vote. It's the first of a wave of voting law cases this fall.