Jessica Broderick

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Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica on Path to Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria left a trail of destruction as it hit the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm and then battered Guadeloupe with powerful winds early Tuesday.<p>Forecasters warned that the storm could leave some parts of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands uninhabitable for …

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While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

I Tried to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week

For all of last week, I worked hard to live on the budget of a minimum wage worker. That meant I had $77 to spend on food, transportation, activities and other personal expenses for the week. I didn’t make it.<p>Most mornings started with eggs and toast, bought last Sunday during a grocery trip …

Minnesota Café Charges 35 Cent 'Fee' To Protest Minimum Wage Hike

A new "minimum wage fee" tacked on to receipts at a Minnesota restaurant is proving hard for customers to stomach.<p>Facebook users are bombarding Oasis Café, an eatery in Stillwater, Minnesota, with negative reviews, many vowing to never eat there again, after the owners began adding a 35-cent …

Meet the woman behind Ikea's living wage calculator

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Income Inequality

The $15 Minimum Wage Is a Bellwether of the New Living Wage

A little less than two years ago, a group of courageous New York fast food workers went on strike, outlandishly insisting on a $15-an-hour wage and …

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Poverty vs. Democracy in America

50 years after Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, tens of millions of second-class Americans are still legally or effectively disenfranchised.<p>Richard says he is done being a criminal—but the law isn't done with him. Ever since he completed his four-year prison sentence for armed robbery, …

Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School?

MEMPHIS — On one side of South Lauderdale Ave. sits the Foote Homes, among the last of the old federal housing projects that once proliferated in South Memphis, a low-slung, dun-bricked complex marked by stuffed animal memorials to dead teenagers, a place where two grown women recently pummeled …

Culture as a cause of poverty has been wilfully misinterpreted

When the term “culture of poverty” was first used by the anthropologist Oscar Lewis in 1959, it was seized upon as “evidence” that poverty is not caused primarily by an absence of material resources. This was never Lewis’s intention. In a 1966 essay for Scientific American, he wrote: “A culture of …

Reality Check: New York City Is Already More Affordable (For The Poor) Than Most American Cities

This week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his housing plan, making good on his campaign promise to expand the city’s efforts to increase affordable housing. Here’s the funny thing about New York: it’s actually already doing better by the poor than most major American cities.<p>In …

The War on Drugs Is Far More Immoral Than Most Drug Use

A prohibitionist says libertarians dismiss moral considerations when they call for legalization. The truth is quite the opposite.<p>Reuters<p>Perhaps I should be more specific.<p>See the man in the photo at the top of this article? It isn't immoral for him to light a plant on fire, inhale the smoke, and …

Watch How Quickly The War On Drugs Changed America's Prison Population

America's prisons are extremely overcrowded, and tough-on-crime laws implemented in the 1980s and 1990s contributed heavily to growing the U.S. prison population. The U.S. accounts for only 5% of the world population, but holds 25% of the world's prisoners.<p>Redditor Sen_Mendoza posted a GIF that …

Who Is the Real Enemy in the War on Drugs?

The war on drugs, declared by President Nixon in the 1970s, has played a major role in shaping today's society. According to a report by the Pew charitable trust, more than one in every 100 U.S. adults is behind bars. Many consider the war on drugs to be a devastating failure. This seems like a …

Top Military Officials Say U.S. Pot Legalization Efforts Are Harming War On Drugs

Two top military officials suggested at a congressional hearing Tuesday that the push by many U.S. states to legalize marijuana has rattled the confidence of some of America’s closest allies in the war on drugs.<p>Countries like Colombia and Nicaragua are “confused by the signals that our legalization …

To the Thousands of Mothers Spending Mothers Day in Prisons Thanks to the War on Drugs

During a time of the year when we celebrate mothers and the contribution women provide to the strength, health and well-being of our children and communities, thousands of mothers remain separated from their children due to long prison sentences for minor participation in drug sales or possession …

The War On Poverty Was Designed To Fail

As explained here, the War on Poverty, which turned 50 this year, wasn’t merely a failure. It was a fiscal, social, and moral catastrophe.<p>The War on Poverty failed because it was <i>designed</i> to fail. The progressive welfare state that grew out of the War on Poverty cannot be reformed. It must be ripped …

AP: 4 in 5 Americans live in danger of falling into poverty, joblessness

This photo taken Friday July 12, 2013, shows Renee Adams, left, posing with her mother Irene Salyers and son Joseph, 4, at their produce stand in Council, Va. Debra Mccown / AP<p>Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, …

Income Inequality

Poverty has been rebranded as personal failure

I was struck looking at The Mirror's now famous crying, hungry child front page, not only by the poignancy of the image, but its contrast to another headline a few days earlier. A smiling woman looked out from The Daily Mail; a holiday snap of a "benefit cheat", the headline a gleeful breakdown of …

The Female Face of Poverty

Fifty years after the War on Poverty began, millions of women are still struggling to get by.<p>Let me state the obvious: I have never lived on the brink. I’ve never been in foreclosure, never applied for food stamps, never had to choose between feeding my children or paying the rent, and never feared …

Half Of New York City Is Living In Near Poverty

Despite a rise in employment, nearly half of New York City's population is living near poverty levels -- a problem that is particularly striking in the city's Asian population, which has surpassed Hispanics as the city's poorest group, according to a new report conducted by the Center for Economic …

New Study Links Obesity With Malnutrition and Poverty

Poverty was once associated with being underweight – however according to a recent study by the University of Aberdeen, childhood obesity rates are …

UK child death rate: a scandal with a clear link to poverty

The death of a child is always a tragedy. The avoidable deaths of thousands of children under five years old every year in the UK is a scandal, according to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the National Children's Bureau, who say that inequalities in our society which …

The United Cities of America: What Seattle's Minimum-Wage Deal Means

An agreement to raise the wage floor to $15 per hour heralds a new sort of national politics, where local officials network to bypass Washington.<p>On Wednesday, a Senate filibuster blocked President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Then on Thursday, Mayor Ed Murray of …

Paul Ryan tries to ease tensions with black lawmakers on poverty | Reuters

(This April 30 story was corrected to fix surname of congressman to Clyburn from Rayburn in the final paragraph)<p>U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) talks to reporters as he departs a Republican House caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst<p>By David …

2 Million Kids Are Arrested in the U.S. Every Year. Congress Is Trying to Change That.

Both chil­dren were con­victed of so-called “status of­fenses,” crimes that would not be pun­ish­able un­der the law if com­mit­ted by adults. Status …

Crime

Benghazi -- government cover-up or right-wing conspiracy theory?

Republicans call it a government cover-up similar to what forced Richard Nixon to resign. Democrats call it a right-wing conspiracy theory.<p>The fallout from the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans continues more than 19 months later, with further …

Death Penalty Fades As Hot-Button Issue

It's almost hard to remember how dominant an issue the death penalty was a generation ago.<p>Crime and drugs were the top issues for voters in 1994. Not coincidentally, support for the death penalty peaked that year, at 80 percent, according to Gallup polling.<p>Opposition to the death penalty once cost …

MH370 report: Mixed messages ate up time before official search initiated

Confusion, misleading information and then long periods of nothing marked the first hours of what's now known as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.<p>It took air traffic controllers more than four hours after the last conversation with the cockpit to activate rescuers to look for the …