HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher is facing intense backlash for using a racist slur during Friday evening’s live airing of the show. The comment, in which Maher refers to himself as a “house nigger,” came during an interview with Republican Senator from Nebraska Ben Sasse. Maher says that he needs to visit Nebraska more often and Sasse replies that Maher should come and “work in the fields” with Nebraskans.

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Pride Month is a time to celebrate LGBT people and their history, with celebrations taking place all across the country. But while these events focus on increasing visibility of marginalized people, they’ve also faced criticism for failing to include people of color.

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For the second time, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has introduced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. But this year’s introduction was very different from the last. The majority of Democratic senators, at least 30 of them, co-sponsored Sanders’ 2017 Raise the Wage Act on Thursday; only five co-sponsored the 2015 version.

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The U.S. just broke an unfortunate record in college affordability: About 8 million people defaulted on their federal student loans last year and 1.1 million of those people did it for the first time, according to data released from the Department of Education last week.

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Local governments placed tax liens on more than 1.6 million properties nationwide last year, but tax collectors from Illinois to Florida to New Jersey acknowledge there are few safeguards in local laws to prevent the private investors who bought them from taking advantage of distressed homeowners, according to a Washington Post study.

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