Is Trump keeping his economic promises? Here are eight ways to know.

By Ana Swanson from The Washington Post President Trump begins his term with ambitious promises regarding the economy. He has pledged to boost economic growth to 4 percent a year and create 25 million jobs in the next decade as “the greatest jobs producer that God ever created.” He has promised to revive manufacturing, raise wages…

The United States Is No Longer a Full Democracy

By Jared Keller from Pacific Standard Last year was a bad year for democracy — and not just in the United States. That’s the conclusion of a comprehensive analysis published Tuesday by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the political and economic research arm of its eponymous magazine. The EIU’s 2016 Democracy Index, which evaluated the democratic norms of…

The Case Against ‘Whole Wheat’ and ‘Whole Grain’ Bread

by Alice Park from Time.com So you’re ready to include more whole grains in your diet, and you reasonably want to start with your daily bread (and crackers, and granola bars, and other grain-based snacks). When you consider that most U.S. adults only get half the recommended amount of daily fiber, opting for the bread…

The America Donald Trump Is Inheriting, By The Numbers

by Danielle Kurtzleben from NPR When he takes the oath of office on Friday, President Trump will inherit a far different country than President Obama did eight years ago. It’s a nation that is far more solid in some ways (economics) and shakier in others (terrorist attacks). We have gathered together dozens of statistics to…

A Look Back: Things Are About to Get Much Worse for Poor Americans

by DEREK THOMPSON from The Atlantic Carlo Allegri / Reuters In the last eight years, President Barack Obama oversaw the largest growth in federal spending to reduce inequality since the Great Society of the 1960s. In the next four years, President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives will probably…

A Look Back: The Economy Is ​Great; the​ Economy Is Terrible

by Derek Thompson from The Atlantic There is an easy story to tell about the Obama Recovery. Devastated by a financial crash, the U.S. launched a historic comeback. The private sector added jobs in 73 consecutive months, the longest stretch ever. Unemployment is lower today than in the month Reagan left office. Real GDP  has…