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The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

nytimes.com — The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.
RT @NKingofDC: The weird thing about the Upshot's U.S. middle class slippage story is the drop is far more profound among the poor: nyti.ms/1juH6YE
When you see income inequality laid out like this, how can you not care? nytimes.com/2014/04/23/ups…
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest nyti.ms/1juH6YE
RT @JenniferPreston: On @upshotnyt, @Dleonhardt @kevinq - "The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest" nyti.ms/1juH6YE
"Most Americans are not keeping pace with their counterparts around the world." nyti.ms/1pnCf44
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The Pay Gap Is Because of Gender, Not Jobs

nytimes.com — Do women get paid less than men because they choose to, by gravitating to lower-paying jobs like teaching and social work? That is what some Republicans who voted down the equal pay bill this month would have you believe.
"A majority of the pay gap between men & women actually comes from differences within occupations, not between them" nytimes.com/2014/04/24/ups…
RT @UpshotNYT: Pay gap between men and women exists within jobs, not just from women choosing low-paying jobs nyti.ms/1nGp9KK
A majority of the pay gap between men & women comes from differences w/in occupations via @UpshotNYT nyti.ms/1hjCQhI
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Amid Politics, Obama Drifted Away From Kin

nytimes.com — BOSTON - After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.
Barry, you never call, you never write! RT @rubycramer: "it would be nice for Barack to call Kenya once in a while" bit.ly/PtUnsj
"it would be nice for Barack to call Kenya once in a while" nyti.ms/1fnbzGV
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Poll Shows Tight Senate Races in Four Southern States

nytimes.com — Four Senate races in the South that will most likely determine control of Congress appear very close, with Republicans benefiting from more partisan intensity but a Democratic incumbent, once seen as highly vulnerable, holding a surprising edge, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
Pryor breathing tad easier-4now-in Ark Senate race in tough D yr, poll by killer combo @JMartNYT & Megan Thee-Brenan nyti.ms/1lEvMjF
RT @jmeacham: Update on fluid Southern races from @jmartNYT nytimes.com/2014/04/24/ups…. Maybe a two-party region after all, at least for now
@ThePlumLineGS And apparently not hurting her (for now): Landrieu 42-18 over Bill Cassidy in today's NYT Upshot poll nytimes.com/2014/04/24/ups…
RT @jmartNYT: NEW NYT/Kasier poll challenges CW that Pryor is more endangered than Hagan. Compare their approval numbers > http://t.co/6vA…
NYT's new poll is latest showing Sen Mark Pryor in AK with unexpected strength over Republican challenger Tom Cotton nytimes.com/2014/04/24/ups…
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With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time

nytimes.com — EASTON, N.Y. - Something strange is happening at farms in upstate New York. The cows are milking themselves. Desperate for reliable labor and buoyed by soaring prices, dairy operations across the state are charging into a brave new world of udder care: robotic milkers, which feed and milk cow after cow without ever touching one with a human hand.
Something strange is happening at farms in upstate New York. The cows are milking themselves. buff.ly/1mEpJLz via @nytimes
Luke: This R2 unit has a bad motivator, look! Uncle Owen: [to Jawa] Hey, what are you trying to push on us? nyti.ms/1noKsDb
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Piketty’s Book on Wealth and Inequality Is More Popular in Richer States

nytimes.com — Thomas Piketty's tome "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" is currently the top-selling book at Amazon.com. It's also been the subject of intense media coverage from publications with New York, Washington and Wall Street in their names. But has Mr. Piketty kicked off a broad national conversation about inequality, or is the book being read mostly in the East Coast liberal echo chamber?
Thomas Piketty’s book on wealth and income inequality is most popular among people living in the wealthiest states. nyti.ms/1jMYf0Y
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Why Criticism of Poll Is Misguided

nytimes.com — The new New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation surveys offer some pretty good results for Democrats - with caveats - so it's no surprise that polling aficionados are scouring the details for an explanation. They think they've found the problem: respondents' self-reported vote in the 2012 presidential election, which generally found President Obama faring far better than he did in that race.
RT @Nate_Cohn: Why I'm genuinely not concerned about the self-reported 2012 vote in today's NYT/Kaiser polls nytimes.com/2014/04/24/ups…
RT @Nate_Cohn: The poll accurately captures Obama's support, shows whites don't remember who they voted for, and nails O approval. nytimes.com/2014/04/24/ups…
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