Post by: Benjamin Landy , on October 7, 2013
Four years into the economic recovery and there has been almost no improvement in either the poverty rate or median household incomes. In fact, both were worse last year than in 2009, when the unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent. That's the takeaway from the latest Census Bureau report on poverty and income, which reveals just how little the soaring stock market and record corporate profits have done to help America's poor and struggling middle class.
Blog Post by: , on October 3, 2013
A casual bystander might conclude it to be typical procedure for national leaders to make public statements via the media, bypassing typical foreign relations channels. This must be the case because two foreign presidents this month pushed out their agendas by way of public diplomacy rather than direct talks with other governments.
Blog Post by: Neil Bhatiya , on October 2, 2013
Deniers of unequivocal climate change, beware. The proof you've been looking for is hot off the presses.
Reflecting the consensus of the international scientist community about Earth’s changing climate, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change began rolling out its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).
Blog Post by: Peter Osnos , on October 2, 2013
It costs a lot, but investigative reporting can save lives. And nonprofits lead the way in producing high-quality, in-depth stories. So who's going to pay for them?
Blog Post by: Michael Cassidy , on October 2, 2013
Are you ready for Obamacare?
Three and a half years, one Supreme Court case, and more than 43 repeal attempts later, President Obama’s signature health care law has hit prime time as of October 1.
This means the new state health insurance marketplaces—a signature feature of Obamacare—are now open for business.
Blog Post by: Andrew Fieldhouse , on October 1, 2013
As every reader is well aware, an increasingly likely and imminent government shutdown materialized early this morning, the first since 1996.
Today marks the start of the 2014 fiscal year, which commenced without Congress authorizing discretionary spending for the year. Brace yourself for weeks of papering over the budget fights of the past four years.
Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on September 30, 2013
Over the weekend, while you were enjoying college football or snoozing through your Netflix queue, the federal government was nosediving into a real, live government shutdown—the first in 17 years, in fact.
The Republican-run House continued its quixotic quest to hold the federal government hostage until the President agreed to deny health care to 31 million Americans by defunding Obamacare. This latest gambit added amendments attempting to push back the new health care law for one year while repealing the taxes designated to pay for it, just for good measure.
Blog Post by: Allison Good , on September 30, 2013
What happens when a stalwart American ally “postpones” the visit of a high-level US delegation for no reason? For Azerbaijan, apparently nothing. This September, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia and others were expected to arrive in the capital of Baku to “observe preparations” for the October 9 presidential election, but the Azerbaijani government postponed. These elections are paramount because Azerbaijan’s opposition parties have only symbolic representation in parliament -- the two-term limit on the presidency was abolished in March 2009 by popular referendum.
Blog Post by: The Century Foundation , on September 30, 2013
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