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The Truth About Obama-Era Inequality

The president calls income inequality the ‘defining issue of our time.’ So it seems fair to grade him on his success at addressing it. By any …

All that Glitters Is Not Gold: Inside the New Bubble

The latest wild commodity is none other than one of the oldest: gold. A new book by journalist Matthew Hart takes readers on a while ride from South …

Interview with Bill Maher

And yet Maher soldiers on. His HBO show, <i>Real Time With Bill Maher</i>, is in its 11th season. (You can catch a new episode live this Friday at 10pm ET/PT.) Every week seems to bring a new demand for Maher to apologize, which rarely happens. Maher made his views on the matter perfectly clear in a <i>New</i> …

Black Swans Are a Myth, Government Intervention Is the Only Black Swan

Back in 2011, prominent hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel penned for the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> a highly regarded op-ed about excessive government …

Why We Need the Mortgage Deduction

<i>A single-family home. Image: SanjibLemar, Wikimedia Commons</i><p>In the tax debates of the last four years, the mortgage-interest deduction has taken a …

Health Care: A Free Lunch Paid For By The Healthy

Two big promises were made in the effort to pass the Affordable Care Act: that insurance coverage would be extended to those with pre-existing …

The Case of the Missing White Voters, Revisited

<i>This is part one of a four-part series. Click to read parts two, three, and four.</i><p>With a cloture vote on the Senate's immigration reform bill expected …

Why Mideast Monarchies Survive

A startling fact has emerged from the Arab Spring that few have remarked upon: despite the pining for democracy by the Muslim masses, it's …

Women, and the Unequal Pay Myth

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act comes the publication of a new book by American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina …

To the Horizon: Seven Conflicts of Concern for the U.S. Military

<b>Summary</b><p>The conflicts of the last 11 years have provided the U.S. military with new perspectives, advances in weaponry and technology, complex …

While the Young Exit the Workforce, the Old Hang In

The recession and slow recovery sharply reduced workforce participation. When it is tough to find a job, many of the unemployed give up their search …

The Feds Pick the Recession's Losers, Impoverish Us For Doing So

The recent recession in the U.S. ended four years ago. Amazingly enough the government, some corporations, and advocates for various groups of people …

Is Homeownership Still a Sound Financial Move?

Homeownership has always had a central place in the American Dream. But, the recent housing crisis and Great Recession that brought historic drops in …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

The Significance of Omaha Beach

I have always dreamed of standing on Omaha Beach on a rainy and cold morning at low tide, standing by the edge of the water and looking inward. Until …

Why I'm A Long-Run U.S. Economy Optimist

There is a lot of disagreement about the economy today. Some analysts focus on signs the recovery is quickening while others see new problems …

Austin developer discusses resolving peak hour traffic congestion

<i>Editor's note: CultureMap Austin partners with Leadership Austin — the region's premier provider of civic and community leadership development — in</i> …

Smart Cities

Can You Tornado-Proof A Home?

How to protect your house from an EF-5 tornado--and why FEMA doesn't recommend you even try.<p>As with so many "is it possible" type questions, the answer of whether you can have a tornado-proof house is a resounding "well, yes, but." In this case, that sentence goes: "Well, yes, but it would be …

It's Time to Abolish the Mortgage Interest Deduction

The Washington establishment remains impregnable to the simple truths of responsible financial management. This fact is no longer a secret for the …

'Financialization' Of the Economy Suffocates Living Standards

With advances in video screen and display technology, along with high definition formatting pioneered by Sony in the early 1990's, events of the …

What Science Says About Arousal During Rape

Yes, orgasms can happen to rape victims.<p>Rape. Most of us don't like to talk about it. We don't like to think about it. But when we do think about it, or at least when I do, it is always violent. I am struggling and overpowered. I am screaming. And I am certainly not getting off.<p>Although in the …

10 reasons why so many people are moving to Texas

<b>Half of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the US are in Texas, according to new figures. Why?</b><p>Every way you look at it, there are a lot of people moving to Texas.<p>Five of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the country between 2011 and 2012 were in Texas, according to new figures from the US Census …

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Map: The Median Cost Of Rent Per Bedroom In Austin

<i>(Trulia)</i><p>Try and stay calm. Real estate listings search site Trulia has compiled data on the median cost per bedroom in different Austin …

FYI: What Is The Limit To How Fast A Human Can Run?

Scientific and technological advances are making that an awfully complicated question.<p>The limit to how fast a human can run is 9.48 seconds for the 100-meter race, 0.10 seconds faster than Usain Bolt's current world record, according to Stanford biologist Mark Denny. That is, if you are talking …

The World Still Needs American Muscle

Hard power has not been in vogue since the Iraq War turned badly in about 2004. In foreign policy journals and at elite conferences, the talk for …

Spain's Angry and Unemployed Young Men

Spain invites endless historical considerations, but on this trip I was struck by something more immediate and prosaic. We were on the road from …

The Real Washington Scandal? The War On Youth

The media are consumed with multiple Washington scandals: the IRS, Benghazi, the Justice Department wiretapping. But what about the tragedy of the …