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Wealth Gains of the 1 Percent

theatlantic.com — Wealth isn't necessarily bad in and of itself, but a new report suggests there's a correlation between the rich getting richer and everyone else getting left behind. For us to continue writing great stories, we need to display ads. Please select the extension that is blocking ads.

The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America

theatlantic.com — PORTLAND, Ore.- Victor Pierce has worked on the assembly line of a Daimler Trucks North America plant here since 1994. But he says that in recent years he's experienced things that seem straight out of another time.

Poor At 20, Poor For Life

The Decline of Social Mobility in America

theatlantic.com — A new study indicates that from the 1980s to the 2000s, it became less likely that a worker could move up the income ladder. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Alana Semuels is a staff writer at The Atlantic.

The Fading of the Twin Cities' Egalitarian Idyll

theatlantic.com — Once known for their inclusiveness, Minnesota's Twin Cities have become more divided in recent decades. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >

The Near Impossibility of Moving Up After Welfare

theatlantic.com — In the wake of welfare reform, unemployed people are pushed to quickly find work, any work. But too often those jobs lead nowhere. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > MILWAUKEE-Is it possible for Candace Vance to find a good job?

LFOs: The Fines and Fees that Keep Former Prisoners Poor

theatlantic.com — States and counties have upped the amounts they charge defendants, saddling those getting out of jail with huge amounts of debt they have little hope of paying off. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >

Could the U.S. Really Gut Its Trade Deals?

A Middle-Class Stronghold’s Uncertain Future

theatlantic.com — As incomes fall across the nation, even better-off areas like Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, are faltering. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > SHEBOYGAN, Wisc.-There is still a sizable middle class in this county of 115,000 on the shores of Lake Michigan, a pleasant hour's drive from Milwaukee.

Could the U.S. Really Gut Its Trade Deals?

theatlantic.com — Trump and others vow to pull out of the TPP and beef up tariffs, but that wouldn't stop companies from continuing to moving jobs to where labor is cheapest. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now >
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Jul 28, 2016

NYT Editorial page comes out strong against NJ towns fighting affordable housing mandate. My piece on the conflict:  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/12/the-pervasive-fear-of-affordable-housing-in-new-jersey/421581/ 

Jul 27, 2016

Why couldn't Bill de Blasio rhyme his whole convention speech?! (spaghetti, confetti, and then there's Tom Petty)  https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/758416603293691904 

Jul 27, 2016

Women may work in jobs that pay less than Man jobs, says @bourreelam. But cultural norms shaped those choices.  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/07/paygap-discrimination/492965/ 

Jul 27, 2016

Is there a correlation between the rich getting richer and everyone else getting left behind? I take a look:  http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/07/when-gains-at-the-top-hurt-those-at-the-bottom/493070/ 

Jul 27, 2016

I kind of like the idea of Bill deBlasio putting on a red dress, and just, you know, dancing, over housing stats.  https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/758030601551220736 


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