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Federal minimum wage sets record with no increase since 2009

June 16, 2019

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/16/federal-minimum-wage-record-no-increase-since-2009 Baseline wage has remained unchanged at $7.25 an hourInflation has raised cost of living by 18% since last raiseThe US federal minimum wage has gone a record length of time without an increase, with the $7.25-an-hour base, remaining unchanged for nearly a decade as of Sunday.For minimum-wage workers who have a 40-hour work week, […]

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The Empty Storefront Crisis and the End of the American Dream

June 16, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/nyregion/nyc-immigrant-small-business.html?emc=rss&partner=rss For generations, owning a small business has been a path upward for immigrants. That path is getting harder and harder to forge.

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NYT: This Economy Is Not Aging Gracefully

June 16, 2019

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This Economy Is Not Aging Gracefully https://nyti.ms/2WLiDZL

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The Rise of Progressive Occultism – The American Interest

June 10, 2019

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https://www.the-american-interest.com/2019/06/07/the-rise-of-progressive-occultism/

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The Age of Aquarius, All Over Again!

June 10, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/opinion/astrology-occult-millennials.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Belief in astrology and the occult is surging.

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‘Food deserts’ become ‘food swamps’ as drugstores outsell major grocers | US news | The Guardian

June 8, 2019

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/04/food-swamps-cvs-outsells-trader-joes-whole-foods-processed-shopping

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The far right may not have cleaned up, but its influence now dominates Europe | Cas Mudde

May 30, 2019

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/28/far-right-european-elections-eu-politics These elections were no victory for democracy – upbeat responses to the results show how much the far right has joined the mainstreamElections are not about the actual results, but about the interpretation of those results. It is about framing – 20% of the vote can be a win or a loss, depending on […]

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What the Bond Market Is Trying to Tell Us: (Worry)

May 30, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/business/bond-yield-curve-recession.html?emc=rss&partner=rss The financial world is suddenly tuning in, nervously, to what is typically a much less exciting sector.

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New York Police Record 83% Rise in Hate Crimes – WSJ

May 28, 2019

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-police-record-83-rise-in-hate-crimes-11558958400

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The Old Scourge of Anti-Semitism Rises Anew in Europe

May 27, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/opinion/antisemitism-europe-germany.html?emc=rss&partner=rss Jews face threats from extremists on the left and the right. A third of European Jews have considered emigrating.

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A Renewed Struggle for the American Dream: PRRI 2018 California Workers Survey | PRRI

May 19, 2019

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https://www.prri.org/research/renewed_struggle_for_the_american_dream-prri_2018_california_workers_survey/

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Gig Economy: Why More Americans Are Becoming Self-Employed

May 19, 2019

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2019/05/15/gig-economy-why-more-americans-are-becoming-self-employed/

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U.S. Birthrate Drops 4th Year in a Row, Possibly Echoing the Great Recession

May 18, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/us/us-birthrate-decrease.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The birthrate hit a 32-year low and the fertility rate reached a record low in 2018, bringing the United States more in line with other wealthy countries.

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US still outdoes all other countries for national pride

May 10, 2019

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/07/us-outdoes-other-countries-national-pride Americans more likely than any other nationality to say their country is ‘best in the world’More than 40% of Americans say they “strongly dislike” the president, 70% say elected officials are “crooked”, and 64% say the country “is divided between ordinary people and the corrupt elites who exploit them”. But no matter what perceptions […]

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Many ‘Gen Xers’ Despair as They Navigate Adulthood

April 28, 2019

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https://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20190422/many-gen-xers–despair-as-they-navigate-adulthood

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Americans Are Among the Most Stressed People in the World, Poll Finds

April 26, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/us/americans-stressful.html?partner=rss&emc=rss An annual, global Gallup poll, released Thursday, reported that feelings of stress and worry are particularly high in the United States.

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Anti-Semitism Is Back, From the Left, Right and Islamist Extremes. Why?

April 5, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/world/europe/antisemitism-europe-united-states.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Anti-Semitism is now being harnessed for political ends by ideologies that otherwise would have little overlap. That fusion is new, and dangerous, experts say.

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New Zealand mosque shooting: white nationalism is on the rise in US, too – Vox

April 5, 2019

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https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/3/16/18268856/new-zealand-shooter-white-nationalism-united-states

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** STORY: Is There a Future for Good Manufacturing Jobs in the U.S.? – The New York Times

March 15, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/opinion/is-there-a-future-for-good-manufacturing-jobs-in-the-us.html

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** The Right’s Lena Dunham Fallacy – The New York Times

March 12, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/opinion/marriage-family-conservatives.html

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From Grunt Style to “Warcore,” Civilians Are Embracing Military Fashion | The New Yorker

March 6, 2019

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https://www.newyorker.com/culture/on-and-off-the-avenue/from-grunt-style-to-warcore-civilians-are-embracing-military-fashion

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As Gen Z balks at traditional TV, content creators shift to YouTube

March 6, 2019

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/02/as-gen-z-balks-at-traditional-tv-content-creators-shift-to-youtube.html

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Why Are There So Few Services for Autistic Adults? – The Atlantic

February 20, 2019

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https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/02/lack-services-adults-autism/582586/

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**The Fleecing of Millennials – The New York Times

January 28, 2019

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/27/opinion/buttigieg-2020-millennials.html

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The Economy Killed Millennials, Not Vice Versa – The Atlantic

December 7, 2018

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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/stop-blaming-millennials-killing-economy/577408/

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Millennials experience work-disrupting anxiety at twice the US average rate

December 6, 2018

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https://qz.com/work/1483697/millennials-experience-work-disrupting-anxiety-at-twice-the-us-average-rate/

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Type 2 diabetes numbers drive surge in insulin demand and millions could be left without | South China Morning Post

November 27, 2018

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https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/2175004/type-2-diabetes-numbers-drive-surge-insulin-demand-and

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The Monopolization of America – The New York Times

November 26, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/monopolies-in-the-us.html

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What America Owes Frederick Douglass

November 5, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/opinion/what-america-owes-frederick-douglass.html?partner=rss&emc=rss He said blacks had three tools: their voice, their pen and their vote. Today all three are under threat.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.

November 3, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/magazine/FBI-charlottesville-white-nationalism-far-right.html?partner=rss&emc=rss For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy has ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism. In the atmosphere of willful indifference, a virulent movement has grown and metastasized.

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The New Health Care: A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing

October 29, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/29/upshot/a-sense-of-alarm-as-rural-hospitals-keep-closing.html?partner=rss&emc=rss There are potential health and economic consequences in a trend associated with states that have turned down Medicaid expansion.

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When Hate Goes Mainstream

October 29, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/opinion/synagogue-shooting-pittsburgh-anti-defamation-league.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The Pittsburgh massacre is only the latest, worst instance of rising anti-Semitism. Americans of conscience must now push back.

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‘There Is Still So Much Evil’: Growing Anti-Semitism Stuns American Jews

October 29, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/29/us/anti-semitism-attacks.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh is part of a wave of anti-Semitic attacks across the country and around the world.

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Rising antisemitism worldwide boils over at Pittsburgh synagogue

October 28, 2018

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/28/rising-antisemitism-worldwide-boils-over-at-pittsburgh-synagogue Deadliest assault on Jews in US history follows 57% increase in antisemitic incidents in 2017It was the deadliest assault on Jews in US history. Eleven people gunned down as they attended their local synagogue on Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath. Synagogues across the country locked their doors and an icy fear spread through Jewish communities.The […]

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After Charlottesville, White Nationalists Are Winning – The Atlantic

October 23, 2018

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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/08/the-battle-that-erupted-in-charlottesville-is-far-from-over/567167/

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Even janitors have noncompetes now. Nobody is safe. – WaPo

October 19, 2018

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/10/18/even-janitors-have-noncompetes-now-nobody-is-safe/

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Flu season deaths top 80,000 last year, CDC says – CNN

September 29, 2018

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/26/health/flu-deaths-2017–2018-cdc-bn/index.html

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‘America First’ Has Won

September 25, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/23/opinion/trump-foreign-policy-america-first.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The three pillars of the ideology — isolationism, protectionism and restricting immigration — were gaining popularity before Donald Trump became president and may outlast his tenure.

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UN report: America’s poor becoming more destitute under Trump – CNN

September 19, 2018

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/22/us/america-poverty-un-report/index.html

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**Is America Facing a Labor Shortage? – The Atlantic

September 19, 2018

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https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/is-america-facing-a-labor-shortage/570649/

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Median U.S. Household Income Increased in 2017

September 14, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/us/politics/median-us-household-income-increased-in-2017.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Median household income, an important measure of the nation’s economic health, rose in 2017 for the third straight year, the Census Bureau reported.

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Edsall: Who’s Afraid of a White Minority?

August 30, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/opinion/america-white-minority-majority.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The battle over how to project the future population of the United States has profound political implications.

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Salaries: Real US wages essentially back at 1974 levels, Pew reports

August 29, 2018

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/economy/2018/08/14/salaries-real-us-wages-back-1974-levels-pew-report/37468497/

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Overdose Deaths Reached Record Level of 72,000 in 2017, New Estimates Show

August 15, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/15/upshot/opioids-overdose-deaths-rising-fentanyl.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment.

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Lyme Disease Is Spreading Fast. Why Isn’t There a Vaccine?

August 15, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/14/health/lyme-disease-vaccine.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The only vaccine was taken off the market more than 15 years ago. As reports of the disease skyrocket, researchers are working on a new one.

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Wages drop despite economic boom | TheHill

August 11, 2018

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http://thehill.com/policy/finance/401341-wages-drop-despite-economic-boom

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Unite the Right 2018: 11 million white Americans think like alt-righters – Vox

August 11, 2018

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https://www.vox.com/2018/8/10/17670992/study-white-americans-alt-right-racism-white-nationalists

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The Toll of America’s Obesity

August 9, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/09/opinion/cost-diabetes-obesity-budget.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Beyond the human suffering, diet-related diseases impose massive economic costs.

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Amazon Captures 5 Percent of American Retail Spending. Is That a Lot? – Bloomberg

August 9, 2018

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-08/amazon-captures-5-of-american-retail-spending-is-that-a-lot

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The far right is at its strongest since the 1930s, and the media is helping | Owen Jones

August 7, 2018

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/03/far-right-bbc-lbc-itv-media Prominent far-right figures being given airtime on the BBC, LBC and ITV are not being properly challenged on their viewsThe far right is on the march, and it is being legitimised and enabled by parts of the mainstream media. The shambolic interview of Raheem Kassam – sidekick to Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage – […]

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