Labor and public-interest groups are arguing that permitting Mexican truckers to drive US roads under NAFTA raises safety concerns. But the facts suggest otherwise, and some activists see a deeper problem.
More than a half-million tons of hazardous waste annually could escape federal environmental regulations under a new proposal from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The federal office that has occasionally accused the US Environmental Protection Agency of manipulating science for political reasons is now dismissing staff in anticipation of budget cuts not yet approved by Congress.
The federal government yesterday announced the removal of Yellowstoneâ€™s grizzly bears from its threatened and endangered species list, much to the chagrin of conservationists.
A watchdog group is challenging the US governmentâ€™s stance on food from cloned animals, accusing regulators of downplaying evidence of health risks in order to serve industry interests.
As the federal government continues to push forward the controversial Real ID Act, a growing number of states and public-interest groups are taking measures to block the initiative.
Legislation passed or under consideration in numerous states would raise punishments for bias-motivated attacks on homeless people, but activists say shelter and opportunities would do much more.
While promoting energy security, senators introduced a corporate-backed bill last week that would allow for off-shore oil drilling.
Civil libertarians say that security measures and the presence of police officers in New York City schools have created "hostile and dysfunctional environments" for students and teachers.
A new analysis has found that some 44 million American jobs â€“ about one out of every three positions in the United States â€“ pays $11.11 per hour or less.
With two controversial trade deals awaiting ratification, Congress is taking stock of the White Houseâ€™s free-trade agenda, and activists are seizing the moment to call for policies that respond to the social needs of all countries involved.
As the United States ushers in a fourth year in Iraq on Monday, growing shame, anger and grief over the war is prompting some active opponents to "step it up a notch."
Three public-interest groups have identified yet another disparity in the US healthcare system: a lack of services, research and education for bisexual people.
Six months after the US Department of Agriculture announced that the US long-grain rice supply had been contaminated with illegal rice, the genetically modified grains are still showing up in unexpected places.
Largely because few laws limit their mistreatment by employers, US housekeeping staff are underpaid and underappreciated. A new survey details their conditions and their predicament.
In a multi-state experiment designed to test whether the public could access emergency-planning information for their communities, more than half of local officials failed to provide the full documentation required by law.
Immigrant-rights groups are backing a bill introduced this week that could extend health coverage through already-underfunded programs to non-citizens who are under 21 or pregnant and are in the country legally.
In reporting on the human rights abuses around the world, the State Department has neglected facts and claims from its sources that implicate the US in the very abuses it decried.
A growing movement to curb junk mail for ecological and privacy reasons is meeting stiff opposition from marketing associations, businesses and a postal workersâ€™ union.
Every year since 1989, members of Congress have pushed for a study into how the US might atone for slavery, its aftermath and legacy. And every year, the white majority says the subject is off limits.
The nationâ€™s largest public power system could be held liable for violating the Clean Air Act due to a federal court ruling last week.
An â€˜eliteâ€™ commission that has reviewed President Bushâ€™s keystone education policy avoided difficult issues and has recommended an expansion of standardized testing.
A private firm that may have ties to chemical companies is helping to run a US government agency tasked with investigating how chemicals adversely affect reproductive health.
As the ice they depend on for their way of life melts away around them, indigenous people of the Arctic are taking a crack at Washington in international court.
Unions representing graduate teaching assistants recently filed a complaint with a United Nations agency over a federal ruling that disqualified them from collective bargaining.
A human rights group is calling for the Bush administration to reveal the whereabouts of all suspects once detained by the CIA in secret prisons scattered across the globe.
A government audit has found that a federally funded literacy initiative has been run more like a sales pitch for private interests than an education-reform effort.
As the White House touts efforts to protect Americans from religious discrimination, advocates of church-state separation say the Bush administration is supporting organizations and policies that trample religious freedom.
Taxi-cab drivers in Oakland, California are demanding that their employer recognize them as direct employees and guarantee them the right to negotiate workplace conditions through their union.
A pending merger in the cotton-seed industry is prompting sharp legal and environmental criticisms of biotechnology in US agriculture.