Deep Poverty on the Rise

Forty States See Rise in People Living at Half the Poverty Level By Arloc Sherman Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 22, 2011 Deep poverty — that is, the share of the population with incomes below half the poverty line — rose by a statistically significant amount in 40 states (including the District of ... Read more

Fed to Keep Printing Money to Stimulate the Economy

Republicans may not like it, but the law says the Federal Reserve can do whatever it wants. By David Weigel Slate, Sept. 21, 2011 Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke Here is how the Federal Reserve Board of Governors tells Republicans to shut up: “Longer-term inflation ... Read more

Who is responsible for the mortgage crisis?

The Subprime 25 Center for Public Integrity These top 25 lenders were responsible for nearly $1 trillion of subprime loans, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of 7.2 million “high interest” loans made from 2005 through 2007. Together, the companies account for about 72 percent of ... Read more

Don’t turn your back on Ryan’s Medicare plan

Health insurers likely to push privatized Medicare for their own benefit Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., presents a Republican budget plan to overhaul Medicare benefits for the elderly. J. Scott Applewhite/AP   By Wendell Potter I Watch, September 22, 2011 Columnist Wendell Potter Robin Holland If you ... Read more

Bee Aware

One in three bites of food we eat is directly dependent on insect pollination By Dan Rather September 22, 2011 There have been numerous reports, including on our program, Dan Rather Reports, about the decline of the honeybee. They’ve been dying off in huge numbers. The cause has been lumped under a title called “Colony ... Read more

Radical Thinking To Recreate And Reimagine Our Cities

By Anthony Cuthbertson Who, What, Why, September 4, 2011 Does this look like your average mayor? It is estimated that by the year 2050, eighty percent of the world’s population will be living in cities. Unfortunately, modern-day cities are often crime-ridden, chaotic, and in some form of ... Read more