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Perspective: Jussie Smollett and the dangers of being black and queer

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By Thomas Hudson, Policy Associate for LGBTQ Equality Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Note: Since this commentary was posted, Jussie Smollett has been charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. We shouldn’t let this distract from our resolve to believe victims and survivors. And we must not let this one […]

An African American path to the middle class

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By Kilolo Kijakazi Jan 30, 2019 I am an African American woman from a middle-class family who has experienced upward economic mobility. Some might say that my family and I achieved the American dream; that an education and hard work are a ticket to the middle class. But this narrative ignores the systemic barriers that undermine […]

The high cost of job sprawl on the American middle class

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By Dan Lurie Jan 23, 2019 Several years ago, the Detroit Free Press highlighted the story of James Robertson, a 56-year-old African American injection molder who commuted 23 miles each way from his home in Detroit to his job in suburban Rochester Hills. Robertson took a public bus for only two of those 23 miles, walking the […]

Some say the shutdown will cost $4 billion. It could be much more.

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By Ben Harris Jan 16, 2019 As the record-long government shutdown reached its fourth week, the consequences of inaction continue to mount. Farmers can’t get loans, federal parks and museums aren’t open to tourists, and there is a real threat that critical services — from food stamps to tax refunds — won’t get processed. All told, the cost is […]

Local economies need a boost. The federal government can help.

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By Nathan Ohle Jan 9, 2019 If we want to start rebuilding our nation’s distressed cities and towns, we need new strategies. Traditionally, state and local governments have relied on financial incentives to promote economic development, with states spending more than $45 billion yearly on business incentives. In most cases, these incentives do little to impact companies’ location […]

Americans are aging. Let’s make sure we can afford it.

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By Nora Super Jan 2, 2019 The good news? People are living longer than ever. Americans reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 85 — and about one-quarter will live past 90. The bad news? While some will have decades of active, purposeful living, more than half will need a high degree of assistance […]

My family’s love story

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By Dr. Jill Biden Dec 20, 2019 Every family has its own mythology — the stories we tell, again and again, the stories that define us. While my parents simply fell in love, their marriage became our family legend. Donald Jacobs and Bonny Jean Godfrey were two young star-crossed lovers from literal different sides of the track, […]

Demystifying campus sexual assault data

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By Kendall LaVine, Biden Fellow for violence against women initiatives One in five women will experience sexual assault during their college career. Despite multiple campus climate surveys and national studies establishing the accuracy of this statistic, skeptics claim that rates of sexual assault on campus are much lower. These statistics have become a lightning rod […]