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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: 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

Dozens of Foxconn Workers Arrested After Riot in Chengdu, China Plant

Dozens of Foxconn Workers Arrested After Riot in Chengdu, China Plant

by Jorge Rivas on June 7 2012, 12:50PM

Hundreds of Foxconn employees living in company dormitories in Chengdu, China clashed with security staff Monday evening.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, /NOW

Is This the Calm Before Another Storm? How the Economy May Get Worse, Fast

Is This the Calm Before Another Storm? How the Economy May Get Worse, Fast

by Imara Jones on June 7 2012, 10:11AM

Greek austerity? Eurozone collapse? What’s this got to do with the financial slog so many communities of color are still facing in the U.S.? For starters, it could make things a lot harder, soon. Imara Jones offers a primer—and preventive steps.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Jobs Crisis

Georgia Asks Employers to Rat Out Job Seekers Who Fail Drug Tests

Georgia Asks Employers to Rat Out Job Seekers Who Fail Drug Tests

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 5 2012, 9:25AM

The state’s one of several that’s using hyped up fears about drugs to weaken unemployment insurance programs.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

Diane Tran, Jailed Texas Honor Student, Turns Down 100K

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 1:54PM

Earlier this week Diane Tran made national headlines after a Texas judge threw 17-year-old teen in jail for missing school.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Schools & Youth

The U.S. Jobs Crisis Summed Up: If You Fail To Plan, You Plan to Fail

The U.S. Jobs Crisis Summed Up: If You Fail To Plan, You Plan to Fail

by Imara Jones on June 1 2012, 10:01AM

Today’s jobs report tells most Americans already what they already know: We’re still mired in joblessness. But Imara Jones argues we should really fear the larger problem: There remains no plan for getting unstuck.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

SunTrust Settles Lending Discrimination Suit for $21 Million‎

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 5:53PM

DOJ reaches $21 million settlement to resolve lending discrimination allegations by the nation’s 11th largest bank.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Asian Americans Suffer Most from Long-Term Unemployment

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 5:22PM

For the past two years, Asian Americans have had the highest share of unemployed workers who were unemployed long term.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Amazon Ditches the Conservative Public Policy Group ALEC

Amazon Ditches the Conservative Public Policy Group ALEC

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 12:26PM

Amazon became the 16th company to announce that it has dropped ALEC since ColorOfChange launched its campaign targeting ALEC’s corporate sponsors.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New Orleans Becomes Largest U.S. City Without Daily Newspaper

New Orleans Becomes Largest U.S. City Without Daily Newspaper

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 10:51AM

The cuts come after the paper saw a steep drop in circulation. I n 2005, before Hurricane Katrina, the paper had a daily circulation of 261,000; in March of this year, the circulation was 132,000.

Topics: Economy, Media, /NOW

Why Cory Booker's Defense of Bain Capital Is So 'Nauseating'

Why Cory Booker’s Defense of Bain Capital Is So ‘Nauseating’

by Imara Jones on May 25 2012, 10:07AM

The Newark mayor’s been a darling of the national press, until this week. Imara Jones explains why Booker’s odd defense of private equity firms hit such a nerve: because they represent the very thing people like Booker are supposed to counter.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Brooklyn Boxing Coach Kicks Wall Street Where it Hurts [Video]

Brooklyn Boxing Coach Kicks Wall Street Where it Hurts [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 4:02PM

Meet Eric Kelly, a four-time National Amateur Boxing champion and two-time NYC Golden Glove tournament winner, who isn’t afraid of anyone, even Wall Street dudes.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Sure, More Men Are Doing Pink-Collar Work, but Race Still Matters

Sure, More Men Are Doing Pink-Collar Work, but Race Still Matters

by Akiba Solomon on May 23 2012, 10:07AM

Research shows that men in female-dominated fields make more money and advance more quickly—until you control for race.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Gender & Sexuality

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2012, 10:07AM

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Topics: ALEC, Drug Tests, Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics