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…

Why We Live in Ideological Enclaves

by Tom Jacobs from Pacific Standard This past election night, the most telling maps weren’t those that divided the nation into red and blue states. They were the more detailed ones of individual states, which usually showed a few blue dots (representing big cities and university towns) in a sea of red. Increasingly, our cultural…

What Ben Carson gets wrong about segregation in America

By Tracy Jan from The Washington Post Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has criticized federal efforts to desegregate America’s neighborhoods as “social engineering.” In an op-ed last year, the retired neurosurgeon — who has no experience in urban development — compared the government’s attempts to integrate communities…

Why Do Americans Move So Much More Than Europeans?

by ADAM CHANDLER from The Atlantic Kevin Bacon moves from a big city to a small town in Middle America where dancing is outlawed. Ralph Macchio moves from New Jersey to California, where he learns the art of life and combat. Dianne Wiest moves with her two sons to a California town stocked with vampires. The…

How Our Media Bubble Protects Our Ideologies

By Lisa Wade from Pacific Standard How are media sources from opposing sides of the political spectrum covering the election? Most of us have no idea. We live in a media “bubble,” one in which we usually only consume “friendly” material: news and opinion from outlets and commentators who share our lean. At Facebook, employees…

How to cut the prison population, save $18 billion a year and keep America safe

By Christopher Ingraham from The Washington Post A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice concludes that “unnecessary incarceration” — imprisoning people for low-level offenses and keeping them there for years — is ruining hundreds of thousands of lives, wasting billions of dollars and having little effect on public safety. If you’ve been following the debate over…