The Polarized Partisan Geography of Inequality

by MICHAEL ZUCKERMAN from The Atlantic Few issues these days set Democrats apart from Republicans more than income inequality, and the Democratic leadership has made it a signature issue. Can we trace back some of the divergence to the surprising fact that Democrats—especially senior Democrats—represent the districts with the most inequality? A few days ago, the Associated…

More hate crimes motivated by victims’ ethnicity

BY BRUCE DRAKE from Fact Tank Motivations behind hate crimes have shifted significantly in recent years, with the biggest jump in hate crimes that, according to the victims, were based on ethnicity bias. Ethnicity, defined as a victim’s “ancestral, cultural, social or national affiliation,” was cited as a reason in 51% of cases reported in 2012, up from…

What’s morally acceptable? It depends on where in the world you live

BY JACOB POUSHTER BY JACOB POUSHTER from Fact Tank The Pew Research Center asked people in 40 countries about what is morally unacceptable, morally acceptable or not a moral issue. The issues included: married people having an affair, gambling, homosexuality, having an abortion, sex between unmarried adults, drinking alcohol, getting a divorce and using contraceptives. Our new…

America’s Fastest Shrinking Cities

from 24/7 10. Saginaw, Mich. > Net population change, 2010 to 2013: -1.81% (tied, 10th highest) > Population change from peak (1980): -13.8% > Unemployment: 9.0% (42nd highest) > GMP change, 2013: -1.2% (25th lowest) The Saginaw metro area’s population fell by 1.8% between 2010 and 2013, largely due to people leaving the area. A net…