Government And Institutions

WHY IT MATTERS: Trade

THE ISSUE: In this angry election year, many American voters are deeply skeptical about free trade — or downright hostile to it.

California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state's landmark climate change law — the most aggressive in the nation — by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030.

Online public school founder admits to $8M in tax fraud

The founder and former CEO of an online public school that educates thousands of Pennsylvania students pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal tax fraud, acknowledging he siphoned more than $8 million from The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School through for-profit and nonprofit companies he controlled.