William Liou

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Study: Tax Cuts Might Drive Income Inequality After All

The gap between the rich and rest has risen fastest in countries where politicians have cut taxes the most.<p>It's intuitive that the rich get richer when you cut their taxes. Still, economists have had a hard time proving that taxes actually cause rising income inequality.<p>But they might be getting …

Credit Where It's Due

Republican reaction to President Barack Obamaʼs National Defense University speech on counterterrorism ran the gamut, as the old quip goes, from A to …

Why Some Evangelicals Are Trying to Stop Obsessing Over Pre-Marital Sex

"I'm done splitting my sexuality into pieces."<p>Flickr / Swami Stream<p>In a recent summit on human trafficking at Johns Hopkins University, kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart made some surprising remarks about why victims of rape may not try to escape their captors. Her conclusion? They, like she, may …

When the Nerds Go Marching In

<i>How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama's reelection</i><p>The Obama campaign's technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong.<p>Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that …

Intermarried...with Children

For all the talk of cultural separatism, the races that make up the U.S. are now crossbreeding at unprecedented rates.<p>By Jill Smolowe Thursday, Dec. …

Serving Convenience Foods for Dinner Doesn't Save Time

But commercially prepared foods do seem to undermine the invaluable family meal.<p><i>But commercially prepared foods do seem to undermine the invaluable family meal.</i><p>stevendepolo/Flickr<p><i>Between 2001 and 2004, a team of UCLA researchers tracked the lives of 32 dual-earning middle-class families living in</i> …

The True Cost of Leaning In

How much do you have to spend on household help to replace a traditional at-home mom—someone to do the schlepping, cooking, cleaning, child care, and …

Teacher Bar Exams Would Be a Huge Mistake

Schools should make it easier -- not harder -- for mid-career professionals to enter the classroom.<p><i>Schools should make it easier -- not harder -- for mid-career professionals to enter the classroom.</i><p>Humannet/Shutterstock<p>Bill the engineer wants to become a teacher.<p>He has 10 years of experience …

The Touch-Screen Generation

Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?<p>On a chilly day last spring, a few dozen developers of children’s apps for phones and tablets gathered at an old beach resort in Monterey, California, to show off their …

Smart, Poor Kids Don’t Apply to Good Colleges

Each year, middle-class American high-school seniors with good grades go through a familiar ritual of the college application process. They file a …

The U.S. Should Issue Perpetual Bonds, and Never Repay the National Debt

Britain and France were the superpowers of the 18th century, clashing repeatedly over the succession to the Spanish and Austrian thrones, overseas …

Why American Colleges Are Becoming a Force for Inequality

Higher education should be closing the gap between the rich and the poor. But college economics are driving them further apart<p>Reuters<p>We like to view higher education as the "great equalizer" that leads to social mobility. But selective colleges have long been accused of perpetuating class divides, …

Before I Forget: What Nobody Remembers About New Motherhood

No one should expect a woman with a newborn to be "on cloud nine."<p>Early one morning when my daughter Rosie was a few weeks old, I packed her up in a baby carrier and took her to the drugstore, which felt at the time like an ambitious outing. It had been a rough night, and she was now happily …

Why America Never Had Universal Child Care

The fix for “The Hell of American Day Care,” described in Jonathan Cohn’s heartrending cover story, is obvious: a universal, federally financed and …

The Myth of Low-Tax America: Why Americans Aren't Getting Their Money's Worth

No, we don't pay as much as most of Europe. We don't get nearly as much, either.<p>Reuters<p>Today, in an annual rite of bemoaning government intrusion into our personal finances, most Americans can at least console themselves in their belief that the US has one of the lowest tax rates among developed …

How We Pay Taxes, in 14 Charts

Where do our tax dollars come from? Where do they go? Who pays how much? How has it changed over time?<p>Sorry, but we love taxes at <i>The Atlantic</i>. Actually, we're not sorry. Taxes represent perhaps the clearest illustration of American values; the relationship of citizens to their government; and the …

Manjoo: We Need More Surveillance in Our Major Cities, and We Need It Now

On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing. According to FBI special agent …

MOOCs of Hazard

In the spring of 2011, Sebastian Thrun was having doubts about whether the classroom was really the right place to teach his course on artificial …

Six Steps to Effective Teacher Development and Evaluation

<i>Sponsored content by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and American Federation of Teachers.</i><p>Some see us as education’s odd couple—one, the president …