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The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest
The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received cons

We’re the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Cheap Date
It is a maxim in American politics that oil and gas companies are among the mightiest forces in Washington, second perhaps only to the big banks. They block any kind of meaningful action to reduce the country's consumption of dirty energy; they enjoy billions in public subsidies-and they even put oi

Justice Stevens’s Solution for ‘Giant Step in Wrong Direction’
WASHINGTON - Justice John Paul Stevens, who turned 94 on Sunday, is a mild man with an even temperament. He has a reverence for the Supreme Court, on which he served for almost 35 years until his retirement in 2010, and he is fond of his former colleagues. But there was a hint of anger in some of h

The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much
Republicans in America suffer a crippling anxiety. It's the terrible fear of corporations paying poor workers too much. The GOP is so afraid that the nation’s lowest wage earners will get a raise that Republican politicians across the country are working overtime to outlaw wages above $7.25 a


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