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In Tribe v. State Cases, Court Shifts Support to Native Americans

The Supreme Court, once feared by tribal advocates, ruled twice this year in favor of tribal rights. It’s set to decide another case soon.

Members of the Crow Tribe ride horses on the Crow Reservation.

Garcetti: Trump 'Walked Away From His Duty' When He Left Infrastructure Meeting

The president left the meeting with congressional leaders after only three minutes, holding an infrastructure bill hostage unless the investigations into him end.

Human Composting, Liquid Cremation: States Search for Greener Funeral Options

Washington just became the first U.S. state to sanction "human composting," the latest eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial and cremation.

Abortion-rights protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

'Game-Changer': Why Alabama's Abortion Ban 'Awoke' Protesters

A wave of conservative states passed abortion bans this year, but the national backlash didn't come until Alabama's was signed into law.

• As Abortion Bans Spread, Hollywood Debates How to Protest Them
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson testifies

Public Housing Agencies Oppose HUD's Plan to Evict Immigrant Families

There's a problem with the Trump administration's proposal that Secretary Ben Carson defended before Congress on Tuesday. Local authorities don't want to enforce it.


Doctor taking notes on a clipboard in a newborn nursery.

Report: Babies Are More Likely to Die in States That Didn't Expand Medicaid

Infant mortality rates have dropped in expansion states and risen in nonexpansion states.


Eric Holcomb’s Winning Political Strategy: Play Nice

The Republican governor of Indiana has quietly become one of the most effective and popular state leaders in the country.


After Immigrant Health-Care Plans Stall Elsewhere, All Eyes on California

Efforts to expand Medicaid to more undocumented children and young adults stalled in Connecticut and Washington state this year.


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Why Public Spaces Are Critical Social Infrastructure

We need to reimagine them and invest in them as platforms for health, equity and neighborhood wellbeing.

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Government Employment for Those Who Need a Leg Up

An innovative apprenticeship program is working to bring some of Los Angeles' neediest residents into the city's workforce.

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The Voices We’re Not Hearing in Public Higher Ed

Too often, college and university governing boards resist bringing students and the public into decisions that have a powerful impact on them.

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Children at risk of losing their home because a proposed U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rule would disqualify families from living in public housing if they have an undocumented person living with them.

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Can Medical Marijuana Get You Fired? Depends on the State.

Less than half of the states where the drug treatment is legal protect patients from employment discrimination. Courts have generally sided with employers -- until recently.


The Keys to Helping Kids Overcome Poverty

New studies shed light on how low-income children can beat the odds that are against them in school and beyond.

How Federal Tax Reform Has Impacted Real Estate

The short-term effects haven't been as bad as predicted, but local governments are still worried about the long term.

Will the FDA Crackdown on Imported Prescriptions Cost Local Governments?

For years, hundreds of cities and counties have been saving money by letting their employees use cheaper drugs from other countries.

• Uncertainty Clouds States' Plans to Import Drugs From Canada

Recall Elections Are Becoming a More Common and Coordinated 'Partisan Power Play'

In Colorado, Republicans are trying to oust a dozen Democratic state legislators. It's the latest example of a political party using once-rare recalls as a way to gain control.


Do Tax Breaks Help or Hurt a State’s Finances? New Study Digs Deep.

What's likely the most comprehensive research of its kind doesn't bode well for tax incentives.

State Legislatures' Group Gets First New Leader in 32 Years

Tim Storey, who will take over as NCSL's executive director, has pledged to maintain the organization's bipartisan approach.

'Medicare for All'? How About 'Medicaid for More'?

On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation's first "public option" health insurance bill. Other states aren't far behind.

Despite Funding Fights, High-Speed Rail Progresses in 3 States

The Trump administration is pulling some federal funding from California. But that project and others like it are quickly moving forward.