These Legos Make Depressingly Clear Just How Much Money the Top 1 Percent Has

by Dylan Matthews from Vox.com DON’T MISS STORIES. FOLLOW VOX! http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FVox&send=false&layout=button_count&width=200&show_faces=false&action=like&colorscheme=light&font&height=21 http://platform.twitter.com/widgets/follow_button.7c0d5c8fc0456a01b74fed2e38018608.en.html#_=1429138033593&dnt=false&id=twitter-widget-0&lang=en&screen_name=voxdotcom&show_count=false&show_screen_name=false&size=m Taxes really, really matter for inequality. In fact, differences in tax and spending policies are the only reason the US has substantially greater inequality than countries like Sweden, Norway, Finland, or Germany. And in the US, we tend to do a lot of our…

This Chart Shows How State Taxes Screw You

by Josh Harkinson from Mother Jones A lot of people think the federal tax code should be more progressive, but it looks downright socialist compared to the typical state tax code. A chart released last week by Citizens for Tax Justice puts it in context, showing how the wealthy typically pay lower state tax rates: Citizens…

6 facts about Americans and their smartphones

BY MONICA ANDERSON from Pew Research martphones have become an important way for Americans to communicate, go online, and access and share information. A new Pew Research Center report analyzes smartphone ownership and the attitudes and behaviors of smartphone owners, as well as how these mobile devices have become a primary way for some users…

Where the Poor And Rich Really Spend Their Money

By Max Ehrenfreund from Washington Post Lawmakers in several states are urging limits on how welfare recipients use public benefits, suggesting that the poor are buying things like lobster, filet mignon, vacations aboard cruise ships and visits to psychics. It’s an open question whether the problem these proposals aim to solve actually exists, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics just helpfully released…