After the uproar over a lawmaker’s comment about sexual-assault victims, Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are preparing a rape exception for a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The U.S. continued its transformation into a majority-minority nation last year, with Census Bureau data showing non-Hispanic whites making up the lowest percentage of the population in American history.
The number of grade-school American children who spend time at home alone has plunged by almost 40 percent since 1997, a result of both federal aid for after-class programs and parents revamping work schedules, census data show.
Fifty-one percent of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center, the first time the organization has found majority support for same-sex weddings.
Robert Liang and his wife, Alice, are living arguments for backers of an immigration-law revision: Though undocumented, they’re hardworking small-business owners who don’t want government help. The immigrants from Taiwan also embody an argument for its opponents: They’re older than 50.
Banks that opened more than 15,000 branches across the U.S. in the decade leading to the financial crisis are retreating from lower-income neighborhoods, even as the industry posted its second-most-profitable year on record.