How Politics Influences the Stock Market: Not Very Much

by PETER EAVIS from NYT Before long, someone is going to call this the Hillary rally. As the chances of Mrs. Clinton’s nomination have strengthened, the Dow Jones industrial average has soared, rising 2,344 points, or 15 percent, from its recent low on Feb. 11. Other factors could have helped drive stocks higher. They had fallen a…

The Long Generational Shadow of the Clintons’ Crime Bill

By Jared Keller from Pacific Standard In the run-up to her victory in the New York Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton’s biggest liability may have been her husband. Earlier this month, former President Bill Clinton clashed with African-American protestors at a campaign rally in Philadelphia over the legacy of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law…

When Was America Greatest?

By MARGOT SANGER-KATZ from NYT Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again.” His supporters, it turns out, disagree on when that was. The slogan evokes a time when America was stronger and more prosperous. But Mr. Trump doesn’t specify whether he’s expressing nostalgia for the 1950s — or 10 years ago. That vagueness is reflected…

What Happened to the American Dream?

By Dwyer Gunn from Pacific Standard If there’s one thing that the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have made clear, it’s that people in America are not happy with the status quo. They’re not happy with the economy, they’re not happy with the rising cost of health care and college, and they’re not…

How Earnings Influence a Woman’s Decision to Wed

by GILLIAN B. WHITE from The Atlantic Between 1980 and 2010, the proportion of American women who were married declined from 74 percent to 56 percent. There are plenty of trends during that 30-year span that can help explain the shift in women’s decisions to marry or not: increasing college attendance, growing labor-force participation, increasing rates…