United States

The positive economics of ‘leaning in’—economists estimate that that between 1960 and 2008, about 15% to 20% of the growth in productivi...

by David Wessell Wall Street Journal April 3, 2013

In case you missed the 43-year-old Facebook executive speaking with Oprah or on the cover of Time, the thesis of her "Lean In" book is this: We have educated a generation of women well, but too few make it to the top rungs. That's partly because of societal barriers and subtle biases remain, partly ...

Why business and labor can’t agree on an immigrant labor program

by Ted Hesson ABC News/Univision March 29, 2013

Leaders from business and labor are closer to making a deal on a new visa that would create a legal pathway to the U.S. for some lesser-skilled immigrant workers. An agreement would shape how an immigration reform bill being drafted in the Senate deals with the so-called "future flow" of workers....

Drone base in Niger gives US a strategic foothold in West Africa

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post March 21, 2013

NIAMEY, Niger — The newest outpost in the U.S. government’s empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occasional sandstorm blowing from the Sahara....

Study of men’s falling income cites single parents families as a possible cause

by Binyamin Appelbaum New York Times March 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — The decline of two-parent households may be a significant reason for the divergent fortunes of male workers, whose earnings generally declined in recent decades, and female workers, whose earnings generally increased, a prominent labor economist argues in a new survey of existing rese...

Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle

by Eli Saslow Washington Post March 16, 2013

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At Pentagon, ‘pivot to Asia’ becomes ‘shift to Africa’

by Craig Whitlock Washington Post March 14, 2013

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Panel examines payroll fraud

by Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes March 13, 2013

(March 13, 2013) Payroll fraud dramatically reduces the income of millions of US workers, Kim Bobo of Interfaith Workers Justice said today at a Washington DC meeting on the issue. A major concern is that workers are arbitrarily classified as independent contractors, thus relieving their employer...

The hard lives—and high suicide rate—of Native American children on reservations

by Sari Horowitz Washington Post March 10, 2013

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A single home in a block once filled with houses with the Detroit headquarters of General Motors in the distance. The company is thriving again. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images

A private boom amid Detroit’s public blight

by Monica Davey New York Times March 4, 2013

DETROIT — Private industry is blooming here, even as the city’s finances have descended into wreckage.In late 2011, Rachel Lutz opened a clothing shop, the Peacock Room, which proved so successful that she opened another one, Emerald, last fall. Shel Kimen, who had worked in advertising in New Y...

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) provided a weak safety net during and after recession

by LaDonna Pavetti Center for Budget and Policy Priorities March 4, 2013

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which provides basic assistance to families with little or no income, responded only modestly to the severe recession that began in December 2007, exposing its inadequacy as a safety net, as we explain in a new paper. ...