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Robert Reich – To Save The Economy We Need Free College For All

Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public colleges and universities tuition-free. I couldn’t agree more. Higher education isn’t just a personal investment. It’s a public good that pays off in a more … Continue reading

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Why the Good Jobs Numbers Are Misleading

By Paul Vigna For months now, the data on the U.S. economy has displayed an odd schism. Most of the data has been pointing to a weak economy – except for the jobs numbers, which have consistently pointed toward a … Continue reading

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Kansas has found the ultimate way to punish the poor

By Max Ehrenfeund A dollar bill is a special kind of thing. You can keep it as long as you like. You can pay for things with it. No one will ever charge you a fee. No one will ask … Continue reading

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Jailing People Costs Billions More Than You Think It Does

By Carimah Townes The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that local communities spent $22.2 billion to jail suspects and offenders in 2011. A new report from the Vera Institute, however, shows that this figure underestimates the true cost of jails … Continue reading

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L.A. Becomes the Largest City to Boost Minimum Wage

By Bourree Lam Tuesday’s vote to raise Los Angeles’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 is being called “the most significant victory so far” in the push to increase the minimum wage nationally. The City Council passed the … Continue reading

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I secretly lived in my office for 500 days

By Terry K. I was asleep when I heard the door rattle against the frame. My eyes flashed open and I sprung upright in my under-desk sleep space. Was it all over? Had someone come to work early? I peered … Continue reading

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This Tiny Town Near St. Louis Is Making Minor-Crime Arrests At 100 Times The National Average

By Ryan J. Reilly & Mariah Stewart A study of policing in the St. Louis area released Monday, which criticized the profit-driven practices of many departments in St. Louis County, revealed a startling statistic about arrests for minor crimes made … Continue reading

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Here’s How The Nation’s Two Largest States Plan To Crack Down On Predatory Lending

By Alan Pyke View image | gettyimages.com Predatory lenders thrive in Texas, where regulations are scarce on stores that offer payday advance loans and allow borrowers to put their cars up as collateral for high-cost, short-term credit. But a trio … Continue reading

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Job Sprawl Hurts Minorities and Poor in Suburbia

By Haya El-Nasser Aida “Didi” Nuñez used to have a car and a job she could drive to. Then she lost her job at a community center when funding dried up. And then she had an accident and lost her … Continue reading

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Walmart shareholders will not get to vote on gender pay gap proposal

By Jana Kasperkevic Thanks to a no-action letter from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Walmart was allowed to block a shareholder vote on a resolution that would require it to disclose any gender pay gap. The resolution was not … Continue reading

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