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Congress lifts long-standing ban on Pell grants to people in prison

When Congress decided in 1994 to ban federal student aid for people behind bars, it was part of a wider political agenda to “get tough on crime” – even though crime rates had begun to fall in the 1990s. The...

Puerto Rico wants statehood – but only Congress can make it the 51st state in the United States

Puerto Ricans requested statehood on Nov. 3, 2020, with 52.3% of voters asking to change the island’s status from unincorporated territory to U.S. state. This is the sixth time statehood has been on the ballot since Puerto Rico ratified its...

More women and more Black women than ever ran for Congress in 2020, but they still lost ground

In 2020, Black women set a new record – 117 entered primaries for the House and 13 for the U.S. Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. In total, 643 women were candidates in congressional primary and...

Congressman John Lewis has passed away.

The long-serving Georgia congressman died on Friday night at home. Lewis, who was a giant of the civil rights movement and often referred to as the "conscience of the Congress", was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2019. Lewis was...
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