United States

4 years later, race is still an issue for some voters

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times May 3, 2012

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — This is the land of die-hard Democrats — mill workers, coal miners and union members. They have voted party line for generations, forming a reliable constituency for just about any Democrat who decides to run for office.But when it comes to President Obama, a small part of t...

America’s long-term unemployed: ‘For those looking for work, it’s very bleak’

by Dominic Rushe The Guardian May 3, 2012

Before the birth of her fourth child, Keron Bartholomew decided she needed to be near her family in Orlando, Florida. Her partner, Fernando Bogle, was still in college in New York, and was hoping to become a pharmacist. He planned to join them when he graduated. But within a year of her move in 2009...

Fallout of Bin Laden raid: Aid groups in Pakistan are suspect

by Declan Walsh New York Times May 2, 2012

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In the shadows of the American operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the fate of a small-town Pakistani doctor recruited by the C.I.A. to help track the Qaeda leader still looms between the two countries, a sore spot neither can leave untouched....

CEO pay and the top 1%–How executive compensation and financial-sector pay have fueled income inequality

by Lawrence Mishel and Natalie Sabadish Economic Policy Institute May 2, 2012

Growing income inequality has a number of sources, but a distinct aspect of rising inequality in the United States is the wage gap between the very highest earners—those in the upper 1.0 percent or even upper 0.1 percent—and other earners, including other high-wage earners. Driving this ever-wid...

Defense trumps poverty in Republican House

by David Rogers Politico May 2, 2012

American soldiers learned the hard way not to walk down enemy trails in Vietnam — and certainly not twice. But here come the House Republicans, marching into the sunlight by shifting billions from poverty programs to the Pentagon, all within hours of adopting an entirely new round of tax cuts for ...

US lags in global measure of premature births

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times May 2, 2012

Fifteen million babies are born prematurely each year, and the United States fared badly in the first country-by-country global comparison of premature births, which was released Wednesday by the World Health Organization and other agencies....

Challengers for World Bank leadership ask for ‘a fair chance’

by Howard Schneider Washington Post April 30, 2012

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister, is Africa’s standard-bearer in the contest to become World Bank president. Jose Antonio Ocampo, a former Colombian finance minister, is being championed by South America....

The future of work: trends and challenges for low-income workers

by Rebecca Thiess Economic Policy Institute April 27, 2012

Many workers are facing uniquely tough times. Though now below its recessionary peak of 10 percent in October 2009, unemployment remains high at 8.2 percent, and job growth is slow. With around 25 million people unemployed or underemployed, it is clear that the jobs crisis did not subside with the o...

Jim Yong Kim secures World Bank job amid criticism of US domination of role. Seoul-born Kim beats Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who s...

by Dominic Rushe The Guardian April 16, 2012

The World Bank named Korean-born doctor Jim Yong Kim as its new president today amid criticism that the role had once more gone to a US-nominated candidate....

Republicans’ budgets imply deep cuts in programs helping the poor

by Ezra Klein Washington Post April 10, 2012

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