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The Workers Defense Project, a union in spirit

by Steven Greenhouse New York Times August 10, 2013

LIKE most construction workers who come to see Patricia Zavala, the two dozen men who crowded into her office in Austin, Tex., one afternoon in March had a complaint....

Why is the U.S.’s 1 percent so much richer than everywhere else?

by Lydia DePillis Washington Post August 9, 2013

It's been nearly two years since Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park, and the academic establishment is still chewing through questions it raised about how to understand the 1 percent in America. In particular, how did they get so darn rich? And what would happen if we took some of their mone...

Two email services shut down to protect consumer data

by Somini Sengupta New York Times August 8, 2013

The shutdown of two small e-mail providers on Thursday illustrates why it is so hard for Internet companies to challenge secret government surveillance: to protect their customers’ data from federal authorities, the two companies essentially committed suicide....

In Baltimore, a class of 5-year-olds at Union Baptist Harvey Johnson Head Start jump during a motion break. Union Baptist makes a point of promoting health. Photo: Jessica Kourkounis/New York Times

Poor children show a decline in obesity rate

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times August 6, 2013

After years of growing concern about obesity among children, federal researchers have found the clearest evidence yet that the epidemic may be turning a corner in young children from low-income families....

Post-recession, a greater share of food-insecure children have parents who are unemployed or working part-time

by Alisha Coleman-Jensen and Mark Nord Amber Waves August 5, 2013

Between 2007 and 2011, the percentage of U.S. households with food-insecure children increased from 8.3 to 10.0 percent. Households with food insecurity among children are those in which one or more children lack consistent access to adequate food because the household has insufficient money and oth...

Other agencies clamor for data NSA compiles

by Eric Lichtblau and Michael S Schmidt New York Times August 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency’s dominant role as the nation’s spy warehouse has spurred frequent tensions and turf fights with other federal intelligence agencies that want to use its surveillance tools for their own investigations, officials say....

Newly declassified documents on phone records program released

by Ellen Nakashimac Washington Post July 31, 2013

Obama administration officials faced deepening political skepticism Wednesday about a far-reaching counterterrorism program that collects millions of Americans’ phone records, even as they released newly declassified documents in an attempt to spotlight privacy safeguards....

A day’s strike seeks to raise fast-food pay

by Stephen Greenhouse New York Times July 31, 2013

From New York to several Midwestern cities, thousands of fast-food workers have been holding one-day strikes during peak mealtimes, quickly drawing national attention to their demands for much higher wages....

In climbing income ladder, location matters. A study finds the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta ...

by David Leonhardt New York Times July 22, 2013

ATLANTA – Stacey Calvin spends almost as much time commuting to her job — on a bus, two trains and another bus — as she does working part-time at a day care center. She knows exactly where to board the train and which stairwells to use at the stations so that she has the best chance of getting...

President Barack Obama speaks on the Trayvon Martin case.  Photo: Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama: Trayvon Martin could have been me (video)

by Transcipt of his talk July 21, 2013

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