Economy and Business

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You

Soon you're going to hear about taxes. You’ll see images of families flashing across your TV screen while a soothing narrator assures you that the tax plan being debated in Washington really is good for you. The newspapers you read, the social media apps you scroll...

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The Next Subprime Loan Crisis

The Next Subprime Loan Crisis

The self-described "Geniuses of Wall Street" are being stupid. Again. In 2007, their stupid schemes and frauds crashed our economy, destroying middle-class jobs, wealth, and opportunities. Far from being punished, however, the scofflaws were bailed out by their...

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Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Panhandle for School Supplies

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Panhandle for School Supplies

Back to school! These three simple words used to leave America’s public school teachers giddy with anticipation. Now they leave them opening up their wallets and worrying. The problem? Teachers have been spending out of their own pockets for generations to decorate...

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Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons!

Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons!

Next time you reach for a cold beer on a hot summer day, you'll have some uninvited drinking buddies: the beer barons. Two conglomerates now control 90 percent of U.S. beer production. They use their power to raise prices, squeeze out small brewers, and limit your...

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What Happened to All Those Foreclosed Houses?

What Happened to All Those Foreclosed Houses?

We know that millions of American families lost their homes after Wall Street's 2007 financial crash. But where did all those houses go? It turns out that Wall Streeters themselves formed profiteering investment groups that rushed out to scoop up tens of thousands of...

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How Air Conditioning Unites — And Divides

How Air Conditioning Unites — And Divides

Before air conditioning, even presidents had to suffer. In the summer months, Abraham Lincoln used to ride a horse every evening from the White House to a cottage at a higher elevation four miles away. There he'd join his family in an attempt to escape the muggiest...

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Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor

Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor

Work hard and you’ll get ahead — that’s the mantra driven into young people across the country. But what happens when children born into poverty run face first into the crushing reality that the society they live in really isn’t that fair at all? As new research...

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Trumping Up Our Trains

Trumping Up Our Trains

Every time the train derails, my mother begs me to stay put. But how can I? Along the densely populated eastern seaboard, your life is structured around transport. Not everyone can live in New York City or Washington D.C., so millions of people who work there commute...

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You Can Vote Every Day — With Your Dollars

You Can Vote Every Day — With Your Dollars

All shopping is not created equal — we all have our preferred soaps and phone brands. I’d rather walk a bit further to my favorite grocery store than the closer one at the end of the block. Sometimes these choices are based on convenience, familiarity, quality, or...

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Don’t Let Corporations Pick What Websites You Visit

Don’t Let Corporations Pick What Websites You Visit

Think about the websites you visit. The movies you stream. The music you listen to online. The animal videos that are just too cute not to share. Now think about the freedom to use the internet however and whenever you choose being taken away from you. That's exactly...

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