Congress is considering comprehensive immigration reform, including amnesty, work visas, and guest worker programs. What this path to citizenship could mean for 11 million illegal immigrants can be seen in the 1986 amnesty of 3 million legalized in the last major immigration overhaul.
Official figures say 46 million Americans live in poverty. Beyond that, there's little about poverty that Americans can agree on.
At issue is whether the Obama administration's new waivers, allowing states to experiment with alternative work requirements, will undermine the historic welfare reform program. Independent fact checkers say, no.
The recession has stalled the expectation of upward mobility in the American middle class: The unemployed are forced to live frugally, while many others choose financially cautious paths.