Equality

Walmart Proves Middle Class Is Getting Wealthier

As reported by Kate Taylor in Business Insider, Walmart has recently bought three niche retailers: ModCloth, Moosejaw, and ShoeBuy who all specialize in more upscale, mid-market clothes and shoes. These retailers, whose products typically cost two to ten times as much as Walmart’s average …

Social Justice

What happens when Brexit and Trump fail to deliver their promised solutions?

Pollsters and analysts have labelled Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of non-traditional left and right parties in Europe as …

Democracy

Walmart Moving Upmarket Does Not Presage The Death Of The American Middle Class

Many have noted that Walmart is buying up hipster brands as part of its moves in online commerce and so on. The implications of that for the retail industry are for my colleagues on the retail desk of course. But it would be an odd idea that a mass market retailer moving upmarket is evidence of the …

Social Justice

It’s Class Warfare, Stupid. The GOP Crusade Against Health Care

The struggle over health care in the United States is a form of class warfare, complicated by racism.<p>The Republican proposal for the “American Health …

Health Care

Eighty people hold the same amount of wealth as the world's 3.6 billion poorest people, according to an analysis just released from Oxfam, ... / Economy And Finance - Money - Wealth

"There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"<p>The words are those of Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine, speaking to Edward R. Murrow in …

Wealth

New research identifies a ‘sea of despair’ among white, working-class Americans

Sickness and early death in the white working class could be rooted in poor job prospects for less-educated young people as they first enter the …

UCLA

Opponents: Arkansas exposure bill targets transgender people

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker wants to expand the state's indecent exposure in a move that opponents say could criminalize transgender people's use of bathrooms.<p>Republican Rep. Bob Ballinger's proposal would make it a crime for people to knowingly expose their sex organs to someone …

North Carolina

Transgender activists in Guyana are fighting against archaic laws

Transgender activists in Guyana are fighting against transphobic laws that have led to the trans community become used to dealing with daily abuse …

Guyana

Ending discrimination: 'It is not just about majority and minority but also about attitudes'

The Oxford Professor who helped draft the recently introduced Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill explains the rationale behind it.<p>India is among …

Social Justice

Most Americans Say FBI Investigation Of Trump-Russia Ties Is Necessary

Trump voters, however, aren't particularly concerned.<p>The public largely believes that it’s worthwhile to investigate links between Russian government officials and associates of President Donald Trump, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.<p>Americans say by a 17-point margin, 48 percent to 31 …

Elections

Time short for North Dakota Legislature to finish budget

In the waning weeks of the North Dakota Legislature, conference committees will be hard at work reconciling differing versions of bills endorsed in …

Government

The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It

Congratulations, you won—you are the last and richest person on Earth. In the security of your sunless underground bunker, you will be the last to …

Liberal POV

Revenge of the comment section: Where's the 'poor-sensitive' budget?

Commenters are less than impressed with the Liberals' second budget<p>The Liberal government introduced its second budget last week, but its first …

Taxes

Celine Cooper: Let's bust some myths about boomers and millennials

I’d like to bust open a couple of generational myths.The first is that millennials (the generation born between 1980 and the mid to late 1990s) are …

Millennials

The rich pay fewer taxes than the poor, and get more services

Uninformed conservatives should consider who really benefits from U.S. tax laws and assistance programs<p>When all forms of taxes and income are considered, poor Americans pay higher tax rates than the richest 1%.<p>The analysis starts with state and local taxes, which are often ignored by apologists for …

Social Justice

Has the Trump budget blown Republican’s cover?

Why do Republicans seem intent on hurting the most vulnerable among us?<p><i>This post originally appeared on Bill Moyers.</i><p>The one question you never hear journalists ask Republicans is <i>why</i>?<p>Why do so many Republicans want to throw 24 million struggling Americans off the health insurance rolls? Why does the …

Republicans

A perfect storm of hate: These Republican bills in Arkansas would make it ‘illegal to be transgender’

Arkansas Republican state legislator Mickey Gates is determined to limit transgender access to public bathrooms<p>The clock is ticking on a trio of bills that LGBT advocates in Arkansas claim would make it effectively “illegal to be transgender” in the state.<p>Republicans have until March 31, which …

North Carolina

Got a fake news headache? Dive instead into real news about progressive victories

Media outlets often omit tales of grassroots success. These examples show local action taken to benefit nonelites<p>A decade ago some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay …

Social Justice

LGBTQ Advocates Horrified By Trump Administration's Civil Rights Health Pick

“It is going to have a serious, probably devastating impact," one advocate said.<p>WASHINGTON ―While the nation was fixated on the meltdown of Trumpcare, the Donald Trump administration quietly appointed a former conservative think-tank staffer to head the Civil Rights Office at the Department of …

Civil Rights

Trump Appoints Social Conservative To HHS Civil Rights Office And Heads Explode

If a person could overdose on schadenfreude, I’d be stretched out on my office floor in rigor mortis right now.With zero fanfare, the Trump …

Social Justice

Stephen King Says Republicans Are Mean To Poor People. Here Are 7 Statistics Showing They're Not.

Stephen King is well-known for churning out brilliantly written novels. Somehow that brilliance doesn't translate to his thoughts on politics, where …

Poverty

Explaining Why White Middle Aged America Is Killing Itself - The New Case And Deaton Paper

Back 18 months the team of Anne Case and Angus Deaton (who has since gained the economics Nobel) released a famous paper pointing out that white rural Americans were killing themselves. So much so that expected lifespans were in fact falling such was the rise in middle aged morbidity. That original …

Opinion

Tyler Perry Slams Ga. Anti-Gay Bill

Tyler Perry is the latest in a throng of celebrity and media voices to condemn Georgia’s recent anti-gay bill. In a statement released Friday, the …

Social Justice

Americans are dying ‘deaths of despair.’ Will Trump help?

IT IS a political cliche that President Trump owes his electoral victory to the extraordinary support he received from white voters without a college degree, two-thirds of whom voted for the Republican. Much less settled is the question of why these largely low-income voters, once reliable …

Opinion

Pumping Life Into the Equal Rights Amendment

The progress of women’s equality has not exactly been swift in American history. The endorsement of the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday by the Nevada Legislature — 35 years after the congressional deadline for passage — is being read by supporters as an encouraging sign, however slow-paced.<p>The …

Women's News

Analysis: Is the Indy-based NCAA serious about gay rights?

As NCAA committees meet next week to discuss which cities will host championships through 2022, the organization finds itself in the middle of a …

North Carolina

Mayor orders gender-neutral restrooms in this city's buildings

Taking another swipe at President Trump, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop Thursday issued an executive order declaring all bathrooms in municipal …

Social Justice

Tax Feeders Declare a Truce at the Trough | James M. Hohman

It seems natural that people competing for scarce taxpayer dollars would argue about why their area is more deserving and others less so. But we …

Social Justice

Fearing Economic Hit, Texas Trans Bathroom Access Bill May be DOA

House Speaker calls the bill limiting access 'unnecessary' amid worry about the loss of billions in revenue.

North Carolina

Why the Middle Class Comeback Could Be the Key to Saving America

Usefulness<p>Content<p>Freshness<p>Summary<p>"The Middle Class Comeback: Women, Millennials, and Technology Leading the Way" is an exploration of the problems …

Middle-class