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There was a steady stream of post office customers dropping off mail including their tax forms at the Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The post office placed signs on the mail boxes to inform patrons about times. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
June 6, 2014 | Smart Charts

When it comes to financing the public sector, who bears the burden is the crucial question. Continue reading

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May 22, 2014 | Smart Charts

We haven’t come very far at all since the Civil Rights victories of the 1960s. Continue reading

Graduate Frederick Anderson stands in the pouring rain as President Barack Obama acknowledges him during the Morehouse College 129th Commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 22, 2014 | Blog

The unemployment rate for black college graduates has been higher than for all graduates for decades. A new report says that the gap has widened since 2007. Continue reading

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May 12, 2014 | Blog
The "open Internet" is no match for revolving doors and buckets of cash.
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May 9, 2014 | Smart Charts

The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere fluctuates naturally over time — but not by this much. Continue reading

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April 14, 2014 | Blog

Individuals taxpayers will give the IRS its biggest boost on April 15, so we should know what the government is doing with our money (but that doesn’t mean we have to like it). Continue reading

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April 10, 2014 | Blog

It wasn’t long ago when Democrats and Republicans in Congress shared some ideological overlap. Continue reading

Frederick Kyalo Manthi , Phd, holds the H. erectus complete skull he discovered in 2000 near lake Turkana in Kenya, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi. Surprising fossils dug up in Africa are creating messy kinks in the iconic straight line of human evolution from knuckle-dragging ape to briefcase-carrying man.(AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)
January 17, 2014 | Blog

The percentage of Republicans that believe humans evolved over time has dropped significantly in the past four years. Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks at a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 1, 1964.  (AP Photo/John Rous)
January 8, 2014 | Blog

The war on poverty helped raise millions above the poverty line, but where do we stand today? Continue reading

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December 31, 2013 | Blog

College graduates who borrowed for bachelor’s degrees granted in 2012 have an average student loan debt of $29,400. Continue reading

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December 24, 2013 | Blog

Corporate profits have rebounded while more than four million Americans have been without work for six months or longer. Continue reading

An inmate at the Mule Creek State Prison sits on his bunk bed in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners in Ione, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
December 20, 2013 | Blog

Mass incarceration has become a form of legalized discrimination that makes it more difficult for millions to participate in basic aspects of our democracy. Continue reading

Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, from San Antonio, Texas, who lost their daughter Jessica Ghawi, 24, in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, shows a picture of their daughter. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
December 13, 2013 | Blog

Forget Congress: The real action after Newtown was in 40 states — from assault weapon bans to “volunteer emergency security forces” for K-12 schools. Continue reading

In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, during a session of The Last Mile at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
November 14, 2013 | Blog

New ACLU report documents the disturbing growth of endless sentences. Continue reading

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October 11, 2013 | Blog

New research shows the US made greater gains in wealth than any other country, despite record poverty levels and stagnant wages. Continue reading

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