GILDED AGE: STATE OF THE UNION

In the early winter of 2010, Gabriela Farfan was a freshman at Stanford University planning a career in environmental science. She had been fascinated with the subject since growing up in Madison, Wis.
The night before the 2014 State of the Union address, she said she was aware of the funding challenges facing scientists
Students and Democratic leaders have an assignment for President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday night
Since the conservatives on the court almost certainly would wait until a Republican president is in office to consider retirement
Muckraking and reform often go hand in hand. And as media critic Dean Starkman argued in his new book, The Watchdog That
It is hard to see our trade policy as a place where we are having much success. We have an unceasing $700 billion trade deficit, and we have lost 5.2 million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
Yet even as the parties and candidates grow increasingly reliant on donations from the super-rich, so too are the super-rich
The numbers are shocking -- assuming that we still have the capacity for shock -- and they will form the backdrop for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
What can we hope to learn from the cases discussed in this book? First, cities can take meaningful steps to address the issue of low-wage work. Second, they can do so and still remain economically strong. The San Francisco economy is not unique in its ability to incorporate employer mandates.
Even with gridlock on the Hill, there are steps that Obama can take on behalf of low-wage workers. Just in September, the
At the movies, “The Wolf of Wall Street” has attracted crowds and good critical notices for its dark, yet in some ways agnostic
I fear that John Boehner is not going to raise the minimum wage. But there is a glimmer of hope: when it comes to at least one group of low-paid workers, President Obama doesn't have to wait for Congress in order to take action and improve jobs.
Many policymakers and education and anti-poverty advocates overlook a growing body of research demonstrating the devastating toll hunger takes on every aspect of learning. Just ask Maryland Principal Sean McElheney who learned that hunger, not apathy, was the reason for a student writing "I Don't Care" in a standardized test.
Yes, Mr. Brooks, the problem of income inequality is a cultural problem. But it is a culture created in the cossetted right-wing think-tanks of Washington, not in struggling neighborhoods around the country.
Despite herculean efforts by many Democrats, Congress has allowed unemployment assistance to expire for 1 million out-of-work Americans, and has thwarted efforts to raise the minimum wage and slashed food stamps. Rather than a war on poverty, it feels like a war on the poor.
Rural America faces a unique set of challenges when it comes to combating poverty in our towns and communities. Too often, rural people and places are hard to reach or otherwise underserved -- but not forgotten.