#Primer How Exactly Do The Iowa Caucuses Work?

by DOMENICO MONTANARO from NPR Iowa’s process of picking their choice for president is complicated. We try to demystify it in this space. Here are the basics: What is a caucus and how does it work? The short answer: POLITICS Why Does Iowa Vote First, Anyway? It’s essentially a neighborhood meeting of sorts — for politically…

How the Government Underestimated the Extent of Income Inequality

by TERESA GHILARDUCCI from The Atlantic The financial picture for Social Security isn’t as dire as some describe: Without any modifications to its funding, Social Security will generate enough revenue to pay for three-quarters of promised benefits. The main reason it’ll fall short, though—the reason that that remaining one-quarter of benefits hasn’t yet materialized—is that the…

Pretty Girls Make (Higher) Grades

byANYA KAMENETZ from NPR Ring Ring. Hello? It’s reality calling. People are shallow, and life isn’t fair. In a new paper, a pair of researchers looked at the student records of tens of thousands of students at their university. They compared the students’ class grades to ratings of their physical attractiveness, as judged by outside…

Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John

By JUSTIN WOLFERS from NYT Fewer large companies are run by women than by men named John, a sure indicator that the glass ceiling remains firmly in place in corporate America. Among chief executives of S.&P. 1500 firms, for each woman, there are four men named John, Robert, William or James. We’re calling this ratio…