Social Justice

The large parts of America left behind by today's economy

Economic prosperity is concentrated in America's elite zip codes, but economic stability outside of those communities is rapidly deteriorating.<p>Data: …

U.S. Politics

Do you live in a distressed U.S. neighborhood? This map will tell you

How prosperous is your neighborhood? The Economic Innovation Group, a non-profit research and advocacy organization, has released a new report and an interactive tool that tells you how your zip code stacks up to the rest of the country—and illustrates just how geographical economic inequality is …

Equality

America’s lopsided recovery: Study shows pockets of economic prosperity, leaving millions behind

When it comes to economic prosperity in America, a rising tide does not lift all boats.<p>Looking at national statistics, the U.S. economy has bounced …

Equality

Stephen Gordon: $90,000 income means you're upper middle class—regardless of where you live

A couple of weeks ago, I pointed out in a column about the upper middle class that an income of $90,000 per year would put you at the 90th percentile …

Equality

Alabama's Roy Moore would be the most extreme senator — with huge consequences for Congress

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies in the Republican establishment have spent four months and more than $10 million trying to defeat a fanatically religious conservative outsider running to fill the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.<p>On Tuesday, that outsider — …

Politics

In Mexico, $2 per hour workers make $40,000 SUVs

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Auto worker Ivan Flores spends his days transporting parts for U.S.-bound Audi SUVs at a plant in central Mexico, but he laughs when asked if he could ever buy one of the $40,000 Q5 SUVs the plant produces on his $2.25 per hour salary.<p>"For us it is a dream to buy a Q5; we never …

Business

Trump’s tax ‘reform’ looks like tax cuts for the rich

Get ready for tax cuts for the wealthy.<p>The guiding principle of the tax plan that President Trump’s administration and top Republican leaders in Congress have spent months crafting appears to be tax cuts for all, even if they add $1.5 trillion to America’s already sizable $20 trillion debt.<p>Trump …

Equality

Inequality is getting so bad it's threatening the very foundation of economic growth

Income inequality has been rising so rapidly in the United States and around the world that it threatens to make economic growth less durable, according to research from the International Monetary Fund.<p>"While strong economic growth is necessary for economic development, it is not always …

Business

The top 10 reasons I'm voting 'no' on same-sex marriage

<b>1.</b> Because the YES campaign secretly loaded a U2 album onto my iPhone and now I'm with Team Bigot.<p><b>2.</b> Because a red-headed Tasmanian tried to headbutt …

Australian News

How Did Marriage Become a Mark of Privilege?

Marriage, which used to be the default way to form a family in the United States, regardless of income or education, has become yet another part of American life reserved for those who are most privileged.<p>Fewer Americans are marrying over all, and whether they do so is more tied to socioeconomic …

Equality

The #TakeAKnee protests are about racial justice — not Trump, the US flag or the national anthem

Just over a year ago, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated for the singing of the national anthem during a preseason game. And after …

Justice

Donald Trump’s ‘largest tax cut in the history of our country’ will largely benefit the wealthy

President Donald Trump and Republican leaders plan to release a tax framework this week that would dramatically cut taxes for corporations and the …

Canadian News

How cognitive ability shapes attitudes in the same-sex marriage debate

Recently, Alice Campbell and I revealed the demographic traits associated with people expressing support for equal rights for same-sex couples using …

Australian News

5 Great Sources For Statistics And Analysis On People, Society And Economy

Often, when we say we want data, what we really want is information.<p>No matter if you love crunching numbers or the thought of it makes your skin crawl, there no point in analyzing data from scratch if expert professionals have already done the work for you.<p>That goes double, or more, when those …

Pew Research Center

Facebook Won’t Hire You for Its Data Center

In 2010, Facebook Inc. announced it would build a $450 million data center in Forest City, N.C., on the site of a razed textile mill in the foothills …

Business

A gay expat in Hong Kong just won a landmark legal challenge for LGBT spousal rights

A British woman known as QT, who spent years in Hong Kong courts fighting for dependant visa rights for her female partner, has finally won her case.<p>The court of appeal in Hong Kong today (Sept. 25) ruled that QT’s partner, SS, would now receive the same spousal benefits that heterosexual couples …

Hong Kong

Here's Why Married Americans Shoulder a Bigger Tax Responsibility

Despite a drop in marriage rates, couples still shoulder the majority of the federal tax burden.<p>Marital bliss. It can be a splendid thing. A true partnership in all aspects of life. But it also can mean carrying a far larger tax burden than the rest of the country.<p>Don't worry. "Marriage penalty" …

Marriage

Millions mired in poverty as US upturn passes them by, study finds

More than 50m Americans live in districts that are mired in a “deep ongoing recession”, with falling employment and a shrinking business base, …

Equality

The Alt-Right’s Worst Nightmare Is An 'Antifa' Middle School Teacher

"These men are deeply, deeply misogynistic," activist Yvette Felarca told Newsweek of alt-right protesters. "I ask them: do you have a problem with …

Milo Yiannopoulos

Joe Biden Is Against a Universal Basic Income—and He’s Right

You may have missed it, but the ex-veep jumped back into the game last week with a diss on UBI. He nails a simple truth: People want to work.<p>Former Vice President Joe Biden jumped into the political fray last week with both feet, taking on the concept of universal basic income (UBI) in a blog …

Universal Basic Income

"It's actually insulting": James and Ola Jordan say they want same-sex couples BANNED from Strictly Come Dancing

James and Ola Jordan have blasted suggestions that a same-sex couple should appear on Strictly Come Dancing .<p>The couple, who are both former …

Same-Sex Couples

Alabama Senate primary: Trump's influence tested as Luther Strange, Roy Moore vie for GOP seat

The two Republican Alabama Senate candidates are less than one week away from a primary election – in what is one of the first tests of President Donald Trump’s influence.<p>Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to finish out Jeff Sessions’ term when he was tapped as the U.S. attorney general, faces …

Luther Strange

Australians are voting on same-sex marriage — and it's starting to get ugly

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has stuck to his campaign promise to put same-sex marriage to a vote.<p>Australians have until November 7 to complete a mail-in survey on whether or not the 1961 Marriage Act should be amended to include same-sex couples.<p>The ballot has a single question: …

Equality

California construction workers are among the highest paid in the nation

Construction workers in California are among the highest paid in the nation, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.<p>Fixr.com, an …

San Francisco Bay Area

#NoMuslimBanEver Campaign Fails Miserably After Linda Sarsour Tweets Love For North Korea

Linda Sarsour claims she wants to make America better, but, according to her contribution to a Twitter campaign, #NoMuslimBanEver, it's not entirely …

North Korea

Millennial women of color can’t “lean in” when they’ve been left behind by the economic recovery

Young women looking to get ahead are told time and again to “lean in.” But for some female millennials, achieving financial and career success isn’t …

Women of Color

'Our Momentum Is Unstoppable': Workers Celebrate as Target Announces $15 Minimum Wage

Jake Johnson, staff writerIn what is being described as a huge victory for the tens of thousands of workers across the country who have for years …

Liberal View

Marriage equality support rebounds and yes side leads in voting – Guardian Essential poll

Poll finds that, among those who have already voted, 72% voted yes compared with 26% who voted no<p>Support for marriage equality has rebounded and the yes side holds a decisive lead among Australians who have already voted in the postal survey, according to the Guardian Essential poll.<p>The poll found …

Same-sex Marriage

German inequality may have fueled far-right surge

Chancellor Angela Merkel looks set for a fourth term after her party won the most votes in Germany's election.<p>But her victory was marred by a surge in support for the Alternative for Germany. The anti-immigrant AfD party took 21% of the vote in the east of the country, where industrial decline has …

Equality

Australians are receiving ‘Vote No’ texts from campaigners against same-sex marriage

Now the ‘No’ side has done the same thing, with a leading figure in the campaign sending out a mass SMS reading: “Vote NO for SSM. Please watch this …

Australian News