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Striking maps reveal the huge wealth gap between American cities and the rest of the country

In the United States, your location is tied to how much money you can earn. Wealth is increasingly concentrating in urban centers like San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York.<p>A new interactive map— which plots average incomes in counties across the US — highlights this modern reality.<p>Developed …

Her six-hour commute each day seems crazy, but her affordable rent is not

She doesn't need an alarm clock, Carolyn Cherry says. Her brain is programmed, by years of routine, to sound an internal alarm just before 3 a.m.<p>One hour after rising, she leaves her house in Hemet and drives in darkness to the South Perris<p>Metrolinkstation, the first leg of her daily journey to …

How Jay-Z's 'absolutely contagious' entrepreneurial spirit turned him into a mogul worth over $800 million

Jay-Z's entrepreneurial vision and wealth have grown exponentially since the rapper's career took off in the early 1990s.<p>The rapper-mogul made his first major business move in 1995, when he founded Roc-A-Fella Records.<p>As his rap career prospered over the ensuing decades, Jay-Z also began an …

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

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Bernie Sanders: Why Medicare-for-All Is Good for Business

Despite major improvements made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), our health care system remains in crisis. Today, we have the most expensive, …

You can’t be socially progressive and economically conservative

If you want to be socially progressive, you have to support initiatives that foster social progress, like education equality, women’s health resources, criminal justice reform, universal healthcare, workplace equality, and so on. These initiatives either cost taxpayer money, require governmentally …

Income Inequality

3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works

The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be solved by humans. These three cities are proving it.<p>While a lot of media coverage around …

The Way to Make America Great Again Is to Be More Like Scandinavia

A British politician summed it up perfectly when he said, "If you want the American dream, go to Finland."<p>When Anu Partanen moved from her native Finland to the United States in 2008, she was looking for the American dream. You know the one: the family, the career, and the idea that if you work …

The Democratic Party is facing a demographic crisis

Progressives don’t have any kind of “lock” on the future<p>In 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama outperformed his predecessors John Kerry and Al Gore with virtually every single demographic group, handily defeating his Republican rival John McCain.<p>This success spread to down-ballot …

Perfecting public transportation: 10 U.S. cities with progressive plans

Moving forward on moving their citizens, from expanded light rail to better bike share systems<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Property Lines</i><i>, a column by Curbed senior reporter Patrick Sisson that spotlights real estate trends and hot housing markets across the country. Comments, tips, and suggestions on where</i> …

Urban Design

Registered Democrats (mostly young and/or racialised) who didn't vote cost Hillary the election

Fivethirtyeight's analysis of a Surveymonkey data-set shows that Hillary Clinton would have won the 2016 election if registered Democrats had turned …

The reason Americans value 'busyness' has less do with work ethic than culture

There's an upshot to being <i>super</i> busy all the time.<p>When you tell other people how swamped you are these days, they'll think you're really important.<p>But according to new research from Columbia Business School, Georgetown University, and Harvard Business School, that implicit association between …

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Pitbull wins landslide in mayoral election in Kentucky

The battle for the American presidency might have been close, but in the small Kentucky town of Rabbit Hash, a pitbull called Brynneth Pawltro won the mayoralty by a landslide.<p>Brynneth beat off competition for the job from a cat, chicken and a donkey for the coveted post to provide political …

Secret Teacher: I'm my school's go-to gay guy

I recently decided to move schools. I was in middle management, and the combative ethos of my school wasn’t good for me or my health. I moved to a comprehensive with a good reputation, closer to my family, in an old mining area.<p>Secret Teacher: I love teaching, but I'm tired of feeling like a failure<p>…

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Apple delays AirPods release

The company says it needs "a little more time" to get the wireless headphones ready.<p>You're just going to have to wait a little longer to look ridiculous in Apple's new wireless headphones.<p>The company on Wednesday said it needs "a little more time" to finish its AirPods before it starts selling them …

Actually, Many ‘Inner Cities’ Are Doing Great

To hear Donald J. Trump tell it, America’s “inner cities” are on fire. They’re “a disaster education-wise, job-wise, safety-wise, in every way possible,” he declared in this week’s presidential debate.<p>“You walk down the street,” Mr. Trump said in his first debate with Hillary Clinton, “you get …

Why Americans and the British Spell English Words Differently

Have you ever wondered why Americans and Brits spell English differently? How are colour and color the same word? Centre and center? What’s up with …

20 Things the World Doesn't "Get" About Living in America

One of the best parts about traveling the world is getting to experience different cultures. In fact, it might be <i>the</i> best part. Nothing beats getting …

Why the 4 Ps of Marketing Might Be Outdated

The 4 Ps of marketing have been used for decades. But for modern B2B companies, they may be an outdated model.<p>The 4 Ps of marketing, also known as the producer-oriented model, have been used by marketers around the world for decades. Created by Jerome McCarthy in 1960, the 4 Ps encourages a focus …

What is Pope Francis' stance on LGBTQ rights and marriage equality?

This month, thousands of same-sex marriage opponents have been flooding Mexico's streets following a constitutional reform signed by President …

If California's a 'bad state for business,' why is it leading the nation in job and GDP growth?

State and federal statistics released as recently as Friday make it clear: California is smoking hot, economy-wise.<p>The state gained 40,300 jobs in June and 461,000 over the year. With a gain of 2.9%, that was the best 12-month record of any large state except Florida, which won by a nostril with a …

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Dallas. The name was already a byword for political violence before Thursday’s massacre – the place where Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F Kennedy in 1963 and shattered America’s post-war innocence.<p>Now, five local policemen lie dead, killed while serving their community. Others fight for their …

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6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Bill Maher dumps on millennial socialist dreams : They’re “too used to getting sh*t for free”

“Let’s not romanticize socialism the way conservatives romanticize capitalism,” the “Real Time” host argues<p>"Real Time" host Bill Maher, during his "New Rules" segment, argued millennials are too eager to embrace a certain notion of socialism without having lived through the Cold War and seeing its …

The languages the world is trying to learn, according to Duolingo

If you own a smartphone and are trying to learn a language, you probably have Duolingo. At this very moment the app—which tries to turn language learning into a rewarding game—may be not-so-subtly suggesting that you are overdue for some Spanish vocabulary practice.<p>How many other people are …

Jerry Brown Welcomes Rick Scott To California With Climate Change Burn

The fight between the governors of California and Florida is heating up.<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) hit back at criticism over his state's minimum wage increase from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Monday, telling Scott to "stop the silly political stunts" and instead focus on his state's …

Join the 1 percent and live a decade longer

The wealthiest Americans can expect to live at least a decade longer than the poorest - and that gap, as with income inequality, is growing ever wider.<p>New research in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows top-earning Americans gained 2 to 3 years of life expectancy between 2001 and …

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Trump’s and Sanders’s dangerous revolt against free trade

Of the many dangerous trends in the 2016 election, the revolt against free trade that has captured both parties could do the most long-term damage. That’s because protectionism would undermine future growth of the U.S. economy and subvert the nation’s role as global leader.<p>Globalization has …

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Barber Refuses to Cut a Trans Man’s Hair, Citing Religious Beliefs

March 16, 2016 by Camille Beredjick<p><b>Kendall Oliver</b> is a 24-year-old Army veteran who gave six years of service and completed a tour in Afghanistan. …