Confused about the Affordable Care Act? Don’t worry. KQED’S The Lowdown helps explain the details of the law and the programs it offers through a series of videos produced by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The videos cover topics ranging from health insurance exchanges to understanding health care policies. Explaining Insurance Exchanges and Other Sexy […]
By Laura Robledo According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, the highest paid workers spend their time in hospitals, not in boardrooms. On the other end of the spectrum, food service industry workers reside in America’s lowest wage-earners. KQED’S The Lowdown analyzes how the top 10 highest paying […]
Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money and if Congress is unable to agree on a spending bill, the government does not have the legal authority to spend. Congress can pass a continuing resolution (CR), a temporary measure that authorizes government funding, and a continuing resolution has been funding the government since March 28 until it expired on September 30. But if the President and Congress can’t agree on the spending plan, government shuts down.
What does it mean for the government to shutdown? After failing to reach an agreement about the allocation of funds on September 30th, Congress declared a shutdown, something that has not happened since 1996. Through several multimedia resources, KQED’S The Lowdown explains previous shutdowns, what caused the current shutdown, which parts of the government will […]
When President Obama recently made his case for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, it was a sober reminder of the Commander-in-chief’s authority to send America’s armed forces into battle.
Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Also known as fracking, this particular technique creates ruptures that release oil or natural gas. KQED’s The Lowdown explores what this will mean for oil drillers, possible environmental concerns, and how it will impact not only California, but also the nation. Animated Explainer: What’s […]
From the Gulf War to the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S Military has engaged in a number of military invasions. While it remains unclear whether or not the U.S will intervene in Syria, the deal between the U.S and Russia, which demands Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to eliminate their chemical weapons, has prevented another intervention […]
The California legislation proposed to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9 by July 2014 and $10 by January 2016. This new bill has received both praise for helping struggling American families and criticism for potentially lowering the number of jobs. KQED’S The Lowdown explores the arguments for and against the new bill, how California’s […]
Last week, thousands of fast-food workers in more than 60 cities around the country hit the streets in front of McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, KFC, and a number of other huge fast-food chains to demand higher wages and the ability to join a union.
The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage this week. It was the latest round in a heartfelt culture war and a historic victory for gay rights. The Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA) which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
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