Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Monday, October 23, 2017
inequality
U.S. President Barack Obama toasts with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri during a state dinner in the Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of President Obama's two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

5 Reasons Barack Obama Doesn’t Get The Credit He Deserves

The stock market nearing new highs? Bubble! Jobless claims at a 43-year low? The numbers must be fake! More than 20 million Americans gained health insurance? Obamacare can’t possibly be helping anyone because I know a guy who knows someone’s doctor who said…

May 2, 2016
Norman Lear at Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write

Norman Lear, Common, Shonda Rhimes To Explore Inequality In Epix Documentary Series

The series, “America Divided,” will feature celebrity correspondents including Lear, Common, Poehler, Zach Galifianakis and America Ferrera investigating aspects of social, economic and political division.

January 20, 2016
gifts hand christmas

Income Inequality Makes The Rich More Scrooge-Like, Study Finds

Using results from a nationally representative survey that included a donation opportunity at the end, researchers looked at how patterns of giving corresponded to wealth distribution in donors’ home states.

November 24, 2015

At Urban League Meeting, 2016 Candidates Talk Race, Inequality, ‘Black Lives Matter’

Five 2016 presidential candidates spoke Friday at the National Urban League’s annual conference, discussing U.S. race relations, the Black Lives Matter movement, and economic and racial inequality.

July 31, 2015
Bernie Sanders Netroots Nation BlackLivesMatter

Bernie Sanders Bites Back on #BlackLivesMatter

Police brutality and racism “is an issue of concern that I strongly share.”

July 27, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Our Kids: The American Dream In Crisis’

Ordinary Americans tell the story of the wealth gap in Robert Putnam’s ‘Our Kids’.

May 31, 2015

Will Hillary Clinton Run Against Her Husband’s Welfare Legacy?

Bill Clinton’s legacy on welfare reform is complicated, and a new era calls for new reforms.

May 27, 2015
Prison system

For Some Parents, Search For Better Schools Could Lead to Jail

Education theft, otherwise known as enrollment fraud, is growing in the United States as parents try to get their children into better school districts.

May 18, 2015

Your Dollars At Work — For The Rich

The taxes we pay should bankroll quality public services, not grand fortunes.

March 25, 2015
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The Right’s Word-Deed Problem

Congressional Republicans’ new budgets prove what the GOP really thinks of working Americans.

March 23, 2015

The Student Debt Time Bomb

The cost of higher education is out of control — and college debtors are fighting back.

March 11, 2015
Photo: U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

America’s Tax Code Is Broken, But The Rubio-Lee Plan Won’t Fix It

The GOP’s new tax plan wouldn’t solve inequality — it would exacerbate it.

March 6, 2015

Banking Goes Postal

Could the United States Postal Service become a financial lifeline for vulnerable American families?

March 2, 2015
President Obama

5 Ways Democratic Presidents Kick Republican Butt

The evidence is clear: Democrats make the pie bigger for everyone, while Republicans redistribute to the rich.

March 2, 2015
Walmart, Memo Pad, National News, Taxpayers, Government Subsidies, Waltons, Taxes

Walmart’s Wage Increase A Sign Of Booming Job Growth

The economic recovery is real, and it’s going to get better.

February 23, 2015

Unions See A Comeback Coming As Wages Stall, Rich Get Richer

Is the labor movement about to reassert itself?

February 23, 2015

Trickle-Down Theory Makes Less Sense Than Ever Before

Republican governors aren’t letting economic reality get in the way of their tax-cutting plans.

February 19, 2015

The Joneses Win: The Why Of Weak Consumer Spending

How income inequality is killing America’s consumer culture.

February 17, 2015

Poverty Will Not Be Solved By A Marriage License

Too many of the politicians trying to solve poverty have no idea what it’s like to be poor.

February 10, 2015

Workers Ready, Employers Brace For Seattle’s Minimum-Wage Law

A new experiment in higher wages is about to begin in Seattle.

February 9, 2015

Obama Says Wealth Accumulation Speaks To Need For U.S. Tax Shift

President Obama is making the case for a fairer tax code.

February 9, 2015
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Peter Stevens/Flickr)

Republicans Don’t Really Care About Inequality

They just know they can’t appear not to care.

February 6, 2015

Income Inequality Emerges As Key Issue In 2016 Presidential Campaign

It looks like the 2016 elections will be contested on favorable ground for Democrats.

February 5, 2015

Will Obama’s Budget Break A Legislative Logjam On Paid Family Leave?

President Obama’s new budget could be a huge boost for family leave.

February 4, 2015

Is Ronald McDonald Racist?

McDonald’s has long cared more about profits than people — and its employees are fighting back.

February 2, 2015