The Washington Post
We've heard a lot about America's struggling rural areas in the past year. Forgotten America, where men and women lead hardscrabble lives marked by poverty, lack of opportunity, addiction and despair. Rural America, we've been told, is falling behind: on everything from Internet access to health care to business to youth.
Sandra Boynton lives on a farm in rural Connecticut. She works out of a converted barn, surrounded by pigs in overalls, frogs wearing cowboy hats, a clutch of bemused chickens and a few skeptical sock puppets. Standing there, you get the feeling that at any moment they might all come alive and break into a high-stepping song-and-dance. Which they probably will. Because this is Boynton's world, and in Boynton's world, animals do whatever she wants. And what she wants them to do, mostly, is make her smile.
WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials and congressional Republican leaders are promising a new framework in two weeks for legislation that would overhaul the U.S. tax code—though they've shied away from releasing any details about how the changes would affect individuals or corporations.
America's middle class had its highest-earning year ever in 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday, Sept. 12. Median household income in America was $59,039 last year, surpassing the previous high of $58,655 set in 1999, the Census Bureau said. The figure is adjusted for inflation and is one of the most closely watched indicators of how the middle class is faring financially, as the Census surveys nearly 100,000 homes. The Census said the uptick in earnings occurred because so many people found full-time jobs - or better-paying jobs - last year.
A new school year is starting. No, not yours. We're talking about the newest class in the Hero Dogs training program. These special pups were handpicked before they were born to become service animals for wounded military veterans. At 8 to 12 weeks old, the puppies leave their mothers and join Hero Dogs in Montgomery County, Maryland. There, they are house-trained, learn to walk on a leash and are taught basic commands. Over the next year or so, the puppies go everywhere with their trainers to become comfortable around people and other animals.
SEOUL - North Korea on Tuesday, Sept. 12, condemned the U.N. Security Council's decision to impose tougher sanctions and doubled down on its warning that the United States would "suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced for leading the effort to ratchet up economic pressures on the reclusive nation.
Weighing in on two areas of disagreement with a U.S. president with whom he has already clashed, Pope Francis said Monday that climate science is clearly true, and that President Donald Trump should allow young immigrants to stay in the United States if he is truly "pro-life."
The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $15.25 billion disaster aid package that also extended government funding and the federal borrowing limit until Dec. 8, moments after Republicans booed two top White House officials over the deal struck this week by President Donald Trump. The measure passed 316-90; every member opposed was a Republican.
WASHINGTON - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi isn't apologizing to Democrats and liberal activists for cutting a deal with President Donald Trump on spending and the debt limit; she's looking to prove she can win.
After announcing millions of people were impacted by an unprecedented hack on its systems, Equifax faced a customer service nightmare as panicked masses turned to a website and customer service line set up to answer whether their most sensitive information had leaked.