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October 10, 2013 | Blog

An artist and blogger re-envisions the skylines of major cities to reveal the gap between the wealthy and the poor. Continue reading

A line of job applicants snakes through a ropeline to attend the CUNY Big Apple Job Fair Friday in New York. March 2009. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 20, 2013 | Blog

A snapshot of what America’s middle class used to be and what it is now in terms of wages, work and out-of-pocket costs — and the problems caused by growing economic inequality. Continue reading

A man pays for his fruit at Lisbon's Arroios food market, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Portugal has sold euro 1.25 billion (US$1.66 billion) in Treasury bills in a debt auction at an interest rate of 2.29 percent for 18-month and 1.08 percent for 3-month. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 19, 2013 | Blog

If food waste was a country, its 3.3 gigatonnes of emissions would make it the third highest emitting country in the world. Continue reading

The massive Plant Scherer near Juliette, Ga. puts 21.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year, more than any other power plant in America. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe)
September 18, 2013 | Blog

A handful of very dirty power plants are responsible for a huge share of America’s CO2 emissions. We mapped them. Continue reading

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Richard S. Fuld Jr., testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill  in Washington, Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, on the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Days from becoming the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, Lehman Brothers steered millions to departing executives even while pleading for a federal rescue, Congress was told Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 28, 2013 | Blog

A study looked at high-earning CEOs performances over the past 20 years and found that compensation isn’t at all reflective of a job well done. Continue reading

A man walks through a blighted neighborhood, July 11, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 12, 2013 | Blog

The already-significant gap in wealth between white Americans and black and Latino Americans was exacerbated by the Great Recession. Continue reading

July 11, 2013 | Blog

Studying changes in our planet’s climate by decade, instead of year by year, reveals unprecedented spikes in temperature and precipitation. Continue reading

Earns Lowes
July 9, 2013 | Blog

Learn why large chain stores like Walmart and Target might slow local economic growth, and what some communities are doing to ensure fair play.
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July 3, 2013 | Blog

Seven charts illustrate economic problems facing Milwaukee — issues of survival challenging many American cities. Continue reading

In this photo taken Nov. 23, 2009, Lisa Zilligen, 28, serves lunch to her three children, Miles, 20 months, Olivia 6, left, and Danielle, 8, in her home in Chicago. Zilligen, a single mother and full-time student at Loyola University has been getting food stamps for the past several months; sometimes the allotment runs out before the end of the month and the family ends up visiting a food pantry. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
June 28, 2013 | Blog

The amount of federal food assistance is often capped well below what a family needs. See the size of that gap in several U.S. states. Continue reading

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2012 aerial file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows flooding on the New Jersey shoreline caused by Superstorm Sandy. The unprecedented storm surge caused by the storm caused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to increase the number of storm surge forecasters at the National Hurricane Center starting with the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season. They will also provide potential storm surge hazards at least 48 hours before the onset of tropical storm or gale-force winds. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force, Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen, File)
June 24, 2013 | Blog

Extreme weather claimed more than 300 lives and cost Americans billions making it the second-most expensive expensive year for natural disasters on record. Continue reading

The ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., is seen Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. For the third straight day Monday Oct. 8, 2012, the California statewide average price for a gallon of regular rose to an all-time high, hitting $4.668, according to AAA. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
June 11, 2013 | Blog

A map from NPR and the Center for Public Integrity shows where in America companies are releasing dangerous chemicals. Continue reading

In this Monday, July 30, 2012 photo, Dave Krepcho, director of the Second Harvest Food Bank, looks over a supply of goods that have arrived at the food bank warehouse in Orlando, Fla. In the past four years, food distribution to 500 pantries, shelters, and other relief agencies in the six-county area has jumped about 60 percent. In the last year alone, that amounted to 36 million pounds of food. Krepcho estimates about 30 percent of those seeking help are first-timers. They're blue-collar and white-collar, many middle class, even some upper middle class. They include college-educated couples and professionals. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
June 4, 2013 | Blog

More people in America struggle to buy food than in other wealthy nations, and their numbers have increased in recent years. Continue reading

Students attend graduation ceremonies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. August 2011. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
June 2, 2013 | Blog

More people than the entire population of Colorado are in danger of defaulting on student loans. An infographic from Demos illustrates the true size of the crisis. Continue reading

May 24, 2013 | Blog

See 10 companies that paid little or no taxes for the past five years, and ten that increased their offshore holdings in 2012. Continue reading

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