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Romney: Israeli 'Culture' Makes It More Wealthy Than Palestine

Romney: Israeli ‘Culture’ Makes It More Wealthy Than Palestine

by Kai Wright on July 30 2012, 10:09AM

Palestinians ask the obvious question about the presumptive GOP nominee’s analysis of poverty in the Middle East: “Isn’t this racism?”

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Kai Wright, /NOW

Why is the 2012 Farm Bill Punishing Single Moms for Being Poor? [Reader Forum]

Why is the 2012 Farm Bill Punishing Single Moms for Being Poor? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 30 2012, 9:08AM

Readers discuss Akiba Solomon’s explainer on the impact of the proposed cuts in 2012 food-assistance programs.

Topics: Economy, Gender & Sexuality

More than 100 House Democrats Introduce Bill to Increase the Minimum Wage

More than 100 House Democrats Introduce Bill to Increase the Minimum Wage

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 2:10PM

This would be the first increase in the minimum wage since 2009 and the first increase in the minimum wage for tipped-workers in 21 years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Food Stamps, Poor-Shaming and the Very Scary 2012 Farm Bill

Food Stamps, Poor-Shaming and the Very Scary 2012 Farm Bill

by Akiba Solomon on July 26 2012, 9:58AM

Why we can’t afford to have moralistic debates about the choices desperate parents make as they try to feed their families.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Food Stamps

Young Latino Smartphone Users Spend $17.6 Billion on Mobile Devices

Young Latino Smartphone Users Spend $17.6 Billion on Mobile Devices

by Jorge Rivas on July 23 2012, 11:58AM

According to a new report, young Latinos in the U.S. spent $17.6 billion on mobile devices and more than $500 million on mobile apps in 2012.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

AARP: Black and Latino Seniors Losing Homes at Twice the Rate of Peers

by Kai Wright on July 19 2012, 1:28PM

An AARP poll shows 16 percent of borrowers over 50 are underwater, and that black and Latino homeowners are the hardest hit.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

What’s in Your Wallet? Capitol One’s Predatory Lending, Apparently

by Kai Wright on July 19 2012, 12:05PM

Capitol One Bank has deceptively sold needless add-on products to credit card holders who are unemployed or have poor credit, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

We Are More Than Workers and Consumers in the Food System

We Are More Than Workers and Consumers in the Food System

by Yvonne Yen Liu on July 13 2012, 8:56AM

A former warehouse worker and a slow food advocate who’s father washed dishes for 19 years discuss how their twin movements for healthy food and fair jobs can restore humanity to the food system.

Topics: Economy, How We Eat

Wells Fargo Settles for $175M Over Steering Blacks and Latinos to Subprime Loans

Wells Fargo Settles for $175M Over Steering Blacks and Latinos to Subprime Loans

by Kai Wright on July 12 2012, 12:38PM

The bank has been a standout bad actor, both during the subprime lending boom and during the recession that it created.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let's Get Both.

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let’s Get Both.

by Rinku Sen on July 10 2012, 1:02PM

In a new report, Colorlines’ publisher asks: What could happen if the people who work to ensure good eating and those who fight for labor rights were to strategize together, and move projects that address both concerns?

Topics: Economy, Health, How We Eat, Movement

Georgia's Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

Georgia’s Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

by on July 10 2012, 9:49AM

Georgia followed Florida’s example in forcing safety-net recipients to get drug tests, despite the fact that neither law is likely to stand up in court. Why? Because actual policymaking was never the point.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy, Politics

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

by Imara Jones on July 9 2012, 9:38AM

Yes, the president must do much more, but his jobs proposals if fully implemented would have put millions back to work by now—including in hard-hit black communities. The problem is petty politics, not economic policy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 5:06PM

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

How the Supreme Court's 'Obamacare' Ruling May Lock in Racial Inequity

How the Supreme Court’s ‘Obamacare’ Ruling May Lock in Racial Inequity

by Imara Jones on June 29 2012, 9:30AM

Hold the victory celebrations. Yes, the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate, but it set up a scary fight over Medicaid—which is the half of the law that takes on the deep racial inequity burdening our health care system.

Topics: Economic Justice, Economy, Health, Obamacare

U.S. Workers’ Field of Employment Organized by Place of Birth, Illustrated

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 4:08PM

One in six U.S. workers was born somewhere else.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Supreme Court’s Arizona Ruling Hurts the Economy, as Well as People

by Kai Wright on June 25 2012, 11:49AM

The longer we go without creating sane immigration policy, the longer we rob the economy of $150 billion in economic activity a year, says Imara Jones.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

W. Kamau Bell on Eric Holder Being Targeted: 'Old Boys Network Only Works if You're an Old White Boy'

W. Kamau Bell on Eric Holder Being Targeted: ‘Old Boys Network Only Works if You’re an Old White Boy’

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 12:48PM

Comedian W. Kamau Bell was a guest on Current TV’s “The War Room” to discuss when you can and can’t use the race card and a few other bits from the news cycle.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Amazon.com on Pace to be Bigger Than Walmart by Decade's End

Amazon.com on Pace to be Bigger Than Walmart by Decade’s End

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 1:08PM

Amazon.com is already the world’s largest online retailer and if they continue growing at the current pace they’ll be bigger than Walmart by the end of the decade.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

A Guide to the U.S.' Worst Restaurants for Workers

A Guide to the U.S.’ Worst Restaurants for Workers

by Jorge Rivas on June 14 2012, 12:35PM

A guide to America’s worst restaurants for workers.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama Was Right. It's the (Public Sector) Economy, Stupid

Obama Was Right. It’s the (Public Sector) Economy, Stupid

by Imara Jones on June 11 2012, 10:00AM

This weekend, President Obama took a beating for declaring the private sector “fine.” But he was correct. The real jobs crisis is in the public sector, and Obama’s the only one with a plan to fix it. Turns out, that’s also the only real plan to deal with black joblessness.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Jobs Crisis