The federal government has declined to regulate the advertising of junk-food toward children, but on the heels of a recent victory removing most soft drinks from schools nationwide, public-interest groups are keeping up the fight.
As radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology continues to spread through the marketplace, privacy and consumer advocates are continuing their campaign for regulation of this controversial tracking technology. Now they are joined by lawmakers pushing legislation to curb RFID use by government agencies.
Some conservative lawmakers want to empower the White House to appoint a shadowy, unaccountable commission to exercise extraordinary power over the fates of various federal agencies and programs.
A newly released study finds that many workers tasked with cleaning hotel rooms experience excruciating pain from their ever more difficult jobs.
The latest Bush administration attempt to infuse faith into the public sector is coming under fire by secular-government advocates.
Eighteen wealthy dynasties are part of a deceptive effort that targets ordinary Americans, urging them to help repeal a tax placed on a small number of extraordinary bequests.
NewStandard reporters hit the streets among hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their supporters in three cities to present a ground-level view of the massive show of presence and passion.
While May Day demonstrations in support of immigrantsâ€™ rights are planned from coast to coast, many in Latin America are also gearing up to send a message of opposition to US immigration policy.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters swept through Manhattan on Saturday in a march rallying against the war in Iraq and future US military action, particularly in Iran.
The Social Security Administration has found a place to cut corners: several categories of disability-benefits recipients who the agency says can wait two more years to start collecting, no matter how much hardship the move might cause.
While the corporate-sponsored media report alleged splits in the immigrant-rights movement and dwindling support for a boycott and general strike, TNS found that solidarity and commitment are growing.
Public-interest groups are protesting the Bush administration's latest tap for a top environmental office, accusing him of placing industry interests ahead of the public interest and sound science.
Faced with heavy penalties for a massive strike last December, New York Cityâ€™s transport workers union is divided over how far to push in its struggle for a fair contract.
While heated deliberations rage over an execution method considered the "most humane" practiced today, those opposed to the death penalty altogether hope their side gains traction.
Clashing with drug-policy reform groups and a growing body of scientific research, the federal government has stepped up its effort to invalidate marijuana as medicine.
Following up on two recent successes, environmental activists have set their sites on one of the remaining major retailers selling paper made from old-growth lumber.
In what would apparently be a historical first, federal lawmakers are will consider granting Massachusetts' the authority to reject a wind farm he considers unsightly.
A plan by Nebraska legislators to codify the effective racial segregation of Omaha city schools contains language allowing for huge disparities in funding of the newly designated districts.
While the government claims that soot from agribusinesses and mines poses no significant public health threat, public-interest groups say that regulators are manipulating science to fit industry's agenda.
The federal governmentâ€™s proposal to loosen the rules for sharing tax-return information with private companies faces mounting opposition as consumer-protection groups rally the public to reject an initiative by the Internal Revenue Service and push for legislation to trump it.
More than a year after the 2004 general election, indictments against county workers suggest the Ohio recount was not conducted legally.
In the current debate over creating a new path to "legalization" for undocumented immigrants, the notion of "earned citizenship" â€“ as promoted mostly by liberal and centrist politicians â€“ has emerged as the pragmatic way forward.
Community organizations bussed in voters for early voting in city elections amid lingering concerns that many will be unable to vote due to ballot obstacles.
Modest improvements reported in the governmentâ€™s latest analysis of chemical pollutants in American communities may have less to do with real reductions in pollution than with the gutting of the publicâ€™s "right to know," environmentalists say.
For many involved in fighting for immigrants' rights on a regular basis, the prospects offered by current legislation are an objectionable mix of too little, too late and too punitive.
As the immigration issue heats up nationwide, noncitizen New Yorkers â€“ where documented immigrants constitute a huge minority â€“ want the right to have a say in local politics.
Thanks to huge government grants offered to pharma companies that turn around and make gigantic profits off the drugs they create, Americans are paying twice for many of the drugs on which they depend.
Student activists across the country this week are holding local protests and educational events to highlight the role their schools play in workersâ€™ rights and wages.
Critics say politicians looking to "reform" an ailing retirement system are actually enouraging companies to abandon pensions in favor of profits, leaving behind the workers and seniors who rely on them.
While Massachusettsâ€™s new "universal" bill meets with a nationwide round of applause as a possible solution to the growing healthcare crisis, physicians and public advocates point to a long list of faults with a plan they consider a universal facade.