Pew Applauds Alaska Leaders for Comprehensive Public Safety Reform

from Pew Trust Alaska Governor Bill Walker (I) today signed a comprehensive package of criminal justice reforms legislation, S.B. 91, putting his state at the forefront of research-driven policies designed to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. The state had projected that its prison population would rise by 27 percent by…

Why rich neighbors are bad for you

By Rachel Premack from Wonkblog The concept of “keeping up with the Joneses” has been around for more than a century. But in an era of high inequality, the pressure to match the lavish lifestyles of one’s neighbors has become all the more salient. A new paper from a Federal Reserve economist explores a potentially alarming way these pressures affects people’s…

Trump continues his African-American outreach

by Judd Legum from ThinkProgress Trump continued his multi-day effort to court the African-American vote with an appearance Saturday night on Fox News. Trump’s message to the black community: Your lives are so miserable, I couldn’t possibly make things worse. He ignores the black middle class and describes the entire racial group as uneducated, unemployed…

Fact-Checking Hillary Clinton’s Economic Speech

by Jackie Calmes from New York Times With both major-party presidential candidates vying for working-class voters,Hillary Clinton on Thursday followed Donald J. Trump to Michigan to outline her job-creation plans, answering his economic address on Monday in Detroit. Mrs. Clinton spoke at Futuramic Tool & Engineering Company in Macomb County, long known as a home…

Five Enduring Questions About Zika

by  Maggie Koerth-Baker from FiveThirtyEight Zika. It’s the microscopic mascot of the troubled Rio de Janeiro Olympics. It’s an inconvenient reminder of how globalization can affect public health. And for millions of people who just want a healthy baby, it’s the threat you can’t quite see, something vicious moving just outside your peripheral vision. Roughly…