Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

Housing Secretary Ben Carson Says Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'

Thursday, May 25, 2017

People with the "right mind set" can pull themselves up, Carson said. Many conservatives and the Trump administration say cuts to government benefits could incentivize people to find work.

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Trump Budget Deals 'Devastating Blow' To Low-Income Americans, Advocates Say

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The administration's motive is to get as many people back into the workforce as possible in an effort to spur economic growth, said OMB Director Mick Mulvaney.

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Virginia Food Bank Aims To Tackle Root Causes Of Hunger

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Food banks face limited supplies. A food bank in Roanoke, Va., is working with local community members, health care providers and other nonprofits to explore new ways to address hunger.

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In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

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Despite Little Evidence Of Fraud, White House Launches Voting Commission

Thursday, May 11, 2017

President Trump said he would create the commission after claiming, without evidence, that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016.

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Under Trump Budget, Nearly 2 Million Kids May Lose After-School Care

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The Trump administration says there's no evidence the program works, but supporters say that thinking is misguided. Some even call it a "godsend."

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Trump's Budget Proposal Threatens Funding For Major After-School Program

Monday, May 01, 2017

President Trump's budget would eliminate all funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, after-school programs for 1.8 million mostly poor children.

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2 Years After Unrest, Baltimore's Youth Are 'Still Fighting For The Basics'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

After unrest in Baltimore two years ago brought national attention and some help to the city's problems, activists say young people in the city's poorest neighborhoods still need more help.

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Two Years After Freddie Gray's Death, What Is The State Of Baltimore's Youth?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The city of Baltimore erupted in violence after the death of Freddie Gray, two years ago. The riots brought national attention to many of the city's problems, including a lack of opportunity for its young people. Money poured in to help fix that, but people say Baltimore's youth still need a great deal of help.

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State And Local Officials Wary Of Federal Government's Election Security Efforts

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The federal government's new focus on election security has state and local officials concerned that they'll be told how to run their elections in the name of security.

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How To Protect The Next Election From Hacking

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The federal government has declared elections to be part of the country's critical infrastructure. That has election officials, who are very protective of how they do things now, extremely nervous.

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Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Groups that help low-income families get food aid report a big drop in the number of immigrants seeking help. Some are canceling government benefits for fear it will affect their immigration status.

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Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable

Friday, March 17, 2017

The outline released Thursday by the White House reduces funding for public housing, Meals on Wheels, community grants and more. Trump's lead budget official says such programs aren't proven to work.

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President Trump's Voter Fraud Investigation Is Off To a Slow Start

Saturday, March 11, 2017

It's hard to find anyone involved in voting issues who's been approached to be on the vice president's task force — or at least to admit it.

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State Republicans Push For More Restrictive Voting Laws

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Bills to tighten voter ID rules have already been introduced in about half the states this year, where Republican lawmakers say the changes are needed to protect the integrity of the vote.

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More States Propose Voter ID Laws

Thursday, March 09, 2017

State legislatures are busy considering bills to tighten restrictions on voters, including new voter ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements.

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Justice Department Reverses Position On Texas Voter ID Law Case

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Trump Justice Department asked a federal court to dismiss the Obama DOJ's earlier claim that the ID law was enacted with the intention of discriminating against minority voters.

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As Trump Warns Against Fraud, GOP Votes To Eliminate Election Commission

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

President Trump says Vice President Mike Pence will lead an investigation on voter fraud, though it's not clear when that will happen. Meanwhile, a House committee has voted to eliminate an agency that works to improve how elections are run.

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Obamacare Helped The Homeless, Who Now Worry About Coverage Repeal

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Among those who benefited from Obamacare are many homeless people who were able to get Medicaid for the first time. Some are worried about what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act could mean.

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Despite Criticism Of Claims, Trump Seeks Investigation Into Voter Fraud

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

In a tweet, President Trump called for a major investigation into voter fraud. But some election experts say there's no evidence to back his claim.

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