The Ultimate Captive Market

The Ultimate Captive Market

Now here’s a heads-they-win, tails-we-lose situation: Three of the contracts Arizona signed with private companies to house its prisoners require 100 percent occupancy. That’s right: If the state fails to send along enough jailbirds to fill all the beds,...
Why Beating Back Inequality Won’t Be Easy

Why Beating Back Inequality Won’t Be Easy

Half a century ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” That war would soon make a real difference. In the decade following its 1964 launch, our official poverty rate dropped from 19 to 11.2 percent. But that progress stalled in the...
Grand Bargain or Raw Deal?

Grand Bargain or Raw Deal?

Following the government shutdown drama, politicians in Washington appear hopelessly divided, according to conventional wisdom. Fair enough. But there’s at least one area where many politicians from both of the major parties agree — and many of the TV talking...
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