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Honduran coffee harvest relies on child workers

EL PARAISO, Honduras — Evelyn and Carlos toil for 10 hours a day on chilly mountainsides in Honduras, filling baskets with ripe red coffee beans for a handful of dollars: they are six and eight years old. “Sometimes I fill up to seven baskets a day,” said Evelyn, deftly swatting…

GOP shuts down bill to prevent child marriage

Preventing child marriage may seem like the most non-partisan of non-partisan issues, but to Republicans scrambling to deny political victories to a lame-duck Democratic House, it seems to be yet another political football. House Republicans are being criticized for “bringing shame to Capitol Hill” after voting against a bill to…

California mom sues McDonald’s over Happy Meals

LOS ANGELES — A mother-of-two from California launched a class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s, claiming the toys given out with Happy Meals unfairly lure kids into eating unhealthy food. Monet Parham is spearheading the suit backed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), aimed at stopping the fast-food…

Republicans block child nutrition bill

Republicans block legislation to feed more children, improve school lunches. House Republicans have temporarily blocked legislation to feed school meals to thousands more hungry children. Republicans used a procedural maneuver Wednesday to try to amend the $4.5 billion bill, which would give more needy children the opportunity to eat free…

Exclusive: TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says

An expert in the fight against child sexual abuse is raising the alarm about a technique the TSA is reportedly using to get children to co-operate with airport pat-downs: calling it a “game”. Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA’s recommendation that children be told the pat-down…

Tennessee Republican lawmaker compares immigrants’ children to ‘multiplying rats’

At a hearing about a Tennessee state health insurance program Tuesday, a state lawmaker compared children born to undocumented immigrants to multiplying rats. Tennessee state Rep. Curry Todd (R) wanted to know if the Cover Kids health-insurance program required “proof that you are here legally before you can get assistance.”…

Court hears arguments on violent video games

Supreme Court hears arguments on whether violent video games should be government-regulated The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed sympathy for a California law that aims to keep children from buying ultra-violent video games in which players maim, kill or sexually assault images of people. But several justices said the law…

Major insurers to drop child policies ahead of coverage mandate

Just days away from the implementation of new rules that will prevent insurers from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, numerous major insurers have opted to end the sale of child-only policies. Anthem Blue Cross and associate WellPoint, Aetna Inc., Cigna Inc., CoventryOne and others have been making under-the-radar…

Pentagon re-opens probe into hundreds of employees suspected of child porn

Under pressure after a series of news reports, the Pentagon has re-opened investigations into 264 employees suspected of purchasing child pornography. An official from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service told John Cook at The Upshot the Pentagon plans to take action against every employee or contractor identified in a four-year-old…

Republicans hot, cold on Constitution, depending on what’s at stake

Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. But it turns out there are parts of the document he…

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