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The Most Inclusive U.S. Cities, Mapped

A new report finds where post-1980 economic growth has been accompanied by inclusion of low-income residents and communities of color.<p>Heads up, cities: Economic growth does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with economic and racial inclusion.<p>That’s the finding of a new, in-depth analysis by the Urban …

New Jersey

Meet The New California Counterculture: College Republicans

At the California College Republicans Convention this spring, a war was brewing between loud, unapologetic, Milo Yiannopoulos–endorsed activists and moderate, policy-focused nerds. Guess who won?<p><b>Shortly after 5 p.m.</b> on a recent Saturday in April, the Chem 1179 lecture hall at the University of …

Rights & Freedoms

Style Is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.<p><i>The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.”</i><p><i>— George W.S. Trow,</i> <i>Within the Context of No Context</i><i>, 1980</i><p>The Seeing Robot<p>The camera is a small, white, curvilinear monolith on a pedestal. Inside its smooth casing are a microphone, a speaker, and …

Algorithms

An Exploration of Jared Dunn’s Bizarre Childhood

Despite being one of HBO’s flagship comedies, there’s an aura of unease surrounding <i>Silicon Valley</i>’s fifth season. Season 4 wasn’t up to the show’s …

Legal Pot Is Notoriously White. Oakland Is Changing That.

A groundbreaking nonprofit is helping minorities targeted by the war on drugs get a piece of the booming weed industry.<p>OAKLAND, Calif. —On a Friday in January 2017, the night of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Ebele Ifedigbo and Lanese Martin welcomed several dozen people to a cozy office in …

Cannabis

4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

The Darkhorse Dozen: 12 Underrated Players Primed to Become Breakout Stars in March

Stars are made during just about every deep tournament run and in retrospect, many of them are obvious. If someone had told you beforehand that …

College Sports

The Golden State Warriors’ 70-Year-Old Truth-Teller

OAKLAND, Calif. — Out on the hardwood, toward a far corner of the gym, crouches a 70-year-old man, thin and bespectacled, with a crook in his back, a hitch in his step and braces on his wrists to protect them from bullet passes. He is drilling a quartet of Golden State Warriors, each young enough …

Basketball

The History of Boutique Fitness Studios

The IRS isn't calling you — it's a scam, and here's what to do if it happens to you

The IRS isn't exactly modern.<p>If it needs to get in touch with a taxpayer, it sends a letter— not an email, not a phone call, and definitely not a message over social media. Especially in cases of tax fraud.<p>So when I recently got a voicemail admonishing me for supposed issues with the tax return I …

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

Drew was 8 years old when he was flipping through TV channels at home and landed on “Girls Gone Wild.” A few years later, he came across HBO’s late-night soft-core pornography. Then in ninth grade, he found online porn sites on his phone. The videos were good for getting off, he said, but also …

Obama Administration

Dressing for Two

The prudish, sexy, shaming, expensive history of maternity clothes.<p>I am eight months pregnant. I am thrilled to be eight months pregnant. I <i>like</i> being pregnant. I waddle along the streets of Austin, Texas, with my head held high, both out of a sense of enduring accomplishment and for balance. We …

Pregnancy

What America can learn from cities with super-low unemployment

In one sense, Ames, Iowa, has something any other city might envy: An unemployment rate of 1.5%, the lowest in America.<p>Buoyed by Iowa State University's main campus, this metropolitan areawith about 100,000 people just 40 miles north of Des Moines has long had a tighter-than-average labor market, …

Demographics

We Studied 100 Mentor-Mentee Matches — Here’s What Makes Mentorship Work

Whitnie Narcisse runs First Round's Mentorship Program and has learned exactly what it takes to make mentor-mentee relationships truly …

Framing

Silicon Valley vs. Wall Street

How tech is breaking the bank<p>Thirty years ago last Monday, the <b>Dow Jones Industrial Average</b> fell by 508 points.<p>The 22.6% drop, known as <b>Black Monday</b>, was the biggest decline ever recorded on Wall Street. The culprit was an algorithm run amok: software automatically started selling off futures when …

Silicon Valley

Freedom Caucus will back Senate budget — in exchange for tax promise

The House and Senate need to clear identical budgets before Republicans can pass a tax bill under fast-track procedures that can evade Democratic filibusters.<p>The House Freedom Caucus is willing to give its much-needed votes in support of the Senate GOP’s budget — but first Speaker Paul Ryan must …

Freedom Caucus

White nationalist shot at protesters after Richard Spencer speech in Florida, police say

Three supporters of the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer have been charged with attempted murder after police said one of the men, egged on by his friends, shot at protesters “with the intent to kill” following Spencer’s speech at the<p>University of Floridaon Thursday.<p>It was the most …

Rights & Freedoms

Around The World, Girls Are Taught The Same Limiting Lesson

A groundbreaking new study reveals that harmful gender stereotypes are drilled into kids, from the U.S. to India to Egypt, at a heartbreakingly young age.<p>It doesn’t matter if you grow up in India or China or the United States ― when it comes to learning what it means to be a girl or a boy, a …

Research

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

Black Voters

Celebrities are vanishing from social media to make a statement

Platforms like Instagram and Twitter have taken the relationship between celebrities and fans to new heights. Those who follow famous people on social media feel closer to them than ever before, since these networks act as a window into the lavish personal lives of individuals they admire. Celebs …

The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery | GQ

Some very powerful people are trying to corner the market on legal weed and turn their company into the Monsanto of marijuana. Who are they? And can they be stopped?<p>The search for the hidden forces that might soon control the marijuana industry began, as many wild journeys do, in Las Vegas. It was …

Grenfell Was No Ordinary Accident

The catastrophic fire that killed at least 80 in London was the inevitable byproduct of an ideology that vilified the poor.<p>By the time the sun rose, Grenfell Tower was already a blackened shell. The fire had begun as the city slept on June 14, when a faulty refrigerator exploded in a flat on the …

Grenfell Tower

The rise and humiliating fall of Chris Cantwell, Charlottesville’s starring ‘fascist’

The white supremacists, nationalists and far-right trolls who starred in last weekend’s violent Charlottesville rallies have suffered no lack of humiliation in the days since.<p>Take “Millennial Matt,” whose catchphrase — “Hitler did nothing wrong!” — earned him tens of thousands of fans before he …

Rights & Freedoms

Bannon Is 'Going Nuclear'

The ousted White House chief strategist is back at Breitbart News, and he’s planning to make mischief.<p><i>Updated on August 18 at 6:25 p.m. ET</i><p>In firing Steve Bannon, President Trump has lost his chief ideologue, the man who channeled his base and advocated for the populist-nationalist policies that …

89 Percent of Parents Would Have Emotionally Healthier Kids If They Stopped This 1 Habit | Inc.com

When you spend time with your children, eating, playing, helping with homework, completing household chores, or just having a conversation--do you ever stop and look at your smartphone? If you do, you might want to stop.<p>That finding comes from a recent study of 170 two-parent households, where both …

Parenting

The Democrats Need a New Message

After another demoralizing loss to a monstrous candidate, Democrats need a reboot<p>The story of Greg Gianforte, a fiend who just wiped out a Democrat …

Government

Meet the Real Jared Kushner

He’s a lot tougher than he looks.<p><i>Editor's note: The original version of this story said, incorrectly, that a representative for Kushner did not reply to a request for comment. In fact, an email was sent to the wrong address. POLITICO Magazine regrets the error. It is our policy to seek the input of</i> …

Real Estate

Alternately charming and boorish, Trump plays the role of a lifetime overseas

TAORMINA, Italy — Little matters more to Donald Trump, the brander-turned-American president, than imagery. Trump staffed his government out of central casting, and this past week it was time for him to audition for his role: leader of the free world.<p>In Washington, Trump is mostly seen only when he …

Donald Trump

The Weight Loss Trap: Why Your Diet Isn't Working

Like most people, Kevin Hall used to think the reason people get fat is simple.<p>“Why don’t they just eat less and exercise more?” he remembers …

Weight Loss

Only Robots Can Tally What the Largest U.S. Pension Fund Pays in Fees

Calpers turns to algorithms after official admits staff ‘can’t track’ certain fees on their own<p>The nation’s largest pension plan has 380 people overseeing roughly $320 billion in assets. But when one of its top officials was asked during a board meeting how much in performance fees was paid to …

Private Equity