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Rich Americans live up to 15 years longer than poor peers, studies find

Health insurance system – the most expensive in the world – is worsening situation, researchers find, arguing healthcare should be treated as human right<p>You can’t buy time – except, it seems, in America.<p>Increasing inequality means wealthy Americans can now expect to live up to 15 years longer than …

Health Care

Cooler than all of us: how the Obamas upheld African American pop culture

Black culture and art flourished with the Obamas in the White House, showing America that blackness can be mainstream without losing any of its vibrance<p>There is a point in history where every former president ceases to be much more than a collection of cliches. This usually takes places after he …

Black History

Pity the sad legacy of Barack Obama

Our hope and change candidate fell short time and time again. Obama cheerleaders who refused to make him accountable bear some responsibility<p>Barack Obama’s original sin: America’s post-racial illusion<p>Eight years ago the world was on the brink of a grand celebration: the inauguration of a brilliant …

Wall Street

Two American Dreams: how a dumbed-down nation lost sight of a great idea

Every child had a pretty good shotTo get at least as far as their old man gotBut something happened on the way to that placeThey threw an American flag in our face.<p><i>Billy Joel, Allentown</i><p>Donald Trump: the madman in his castle<p>Read more<p>It’s one of the greatest inventions of all time, and just like it …

U.S. Politics

The human toll of America's public defender crisis

Years of drastic budget cuts have created bottomless caseloads for public defenders – the ‘pack mules of the system’ – and tipped the scales of justice against the poor<p>Part one of a three-part series reported in partnership with the Marshall Project<p>“What if I’d had more time?” Across the US, it is …

U.S. Department of Justice

This small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer.<p>If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would …

San Francisco

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine

Open your Facebook feed. What do you see? A photo of a close friend’s child. An automatically generated slide show commemorating six years of friendship between two acquaintances. An eerily on-target ad for something you’ve been meaning to buy. A funny video. A sad video. A recently live video. …

Social Media
Rights & Freedoms
Human Rights

Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths

Final total of people killed by US police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same age<p>People killed by police in the United States – interactive<p>Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police …

Law Enforcement

Voting rights rulings could deal blow to Republicans in 2016 elections

North Carolina, Wisconsin, Kansas and Texas see voter ID and registration measures ruled discriminatory in decisions that could affect November results<p>Shortly after Barack Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election, the former chair of the North Carolina Republican party wrote an anxious …

Mental Health

The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students

FOR 15 years, since the passage of George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind act, education reformers have promoted standardized testing, school choice, competition and accountability (meaning punishment of teachers and schools) as the primary means of improving education. For many years, I agreed with …


The End of Black Harlem

I HAVE lived in Harlem for half my life — 30 years. I have seen it in all its complexities: a cultural nexus of black America, the landing place for Senegalese immigrants and Southern transplants, a home for people fleeing oppression and seeking opportunity. Harlem is the birthplace of so much …

Black History

Which Rock Star Will Historians of the Future Remember?

Classifying anyone as the “most successful” at anything tends to reflect more on the source than the subject. So keep that in mind when I make the following statement: John Philip Sousa is the most successful American musician of all time.<p>Marching music is a maddeningly durable genre, recognizable …

Ronald Reagan