September 13th, 2012
05:21 PM ET

What would you do if you were branded a racist? Here's what she did

By Elizabeth Mayo, CNN

(CNN) - She was smeared, taken out of context, and forced out of her job.

Shirley Sherrod became a household name after Andrew Breitbart published a video of her speaking at NAACP event in 2010. An edited portion of that speech went went viral:

"The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm I didn't give him the full force of what I could do," Sherrod said in the edited clip.


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More than 20 million saved from poverty
Government assistance has helped keep people out of poverty.
September 13th, 2012
11:31 AM ET

More than 20 million saved from poverty

By Tami Luhby @CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) –Federal lifeline programs have helped keep millions out of poverty, U.S. Census data shows.

Social Security payments lifted 21.4 million people - including 14.5 million senior citizens - over the poverty line in 2011, while unemployment benefits prevented 2.3 million Americans from falling into poverty.

The Census Bureau doesn't take into account non-cash benefits, such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit, when it measures income. But it calculates how these programs would have helped keep poverty in check.

There were some 46.2 million people below the poverty line - which was $23,021 for a family of four - in 2011.

Food stamps would have lifted 3.9 million people - 1.7 million of them children - out of poverty had that aid been counted as income. And the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable federal credit for low- to moderate-income working Americans, would have kept 5.7 million people, including 3.1 million children, above the poverty line.

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Alabama again denies application of would-be abortion clinic operator
September 13th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Alabama again denies application of would-be abortion clinic operator

By Joe Sutton, CNN

(CNN) - An abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, remains closed after a state hearing officer denied a prospective new owner's appeal to reopen the facility, made famous in 1998 when it was bombed by Eric Robert Rudolph.

In April, state regulators ordered the New Woman All Women Health Care facility closed citing "multiple and serious violations of State Board of Health rules."

Then-owner Diane Derzis agreed to turn in the facility's license to operate and closed the clinic May 18. She said the problems at the clinic were documentation issues. No patients were ever in danger, she said in July.

She agreed to lease the building to Kelley Rain-Water, a friend, but the state denied Rain-Water's license application because of her relationship with Derzis.

Derzis owns three other abortion clinics, including the sole abortion facility in Mississippi, which has faced multiple closure attempts by the state.

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