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The Return of Subprime Lending (AJAM)
Matt Birkbeck says a new wave of subprime mortgages appear to be following much stricter rules and have far less usurious interest rates, but regulators are still watching closely.
Paid Maternity Leave Is Good for Business (WSJ)
Susan Wojcicki says that the United States is behind the rest of the world in not offering paid maternity leave to all mothers, and that such a policy makes good sense socially and economically.
Federal Reserve Says It Will Be ‘Patient’ on Interest Rate Timing (NYT)
Binyamin Appelbaum reports on the latest comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen about when the Fed will start raising interest rates. The process won’t begin before April.
Fired Walmart Worker Says She Had to Choose Between a Paycheck and a Child (The Guardian)
Lauren Gambino and Jessica Glenza profile one former Walmart employee who was still asked to work with dangerous chemicals after her doctor said they would endanger her pregnancy.
What Was the Job? (Pacific Standard)
Kyle Chayka says the gig economy brought with it a massive reinterpretation of what it means to have a job, leaving behind a disenfranchised workforce without any of the benefits it once enjoyed.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Vice President of Networks Taylor Jo Isenberg reflects on the Campus Network’s tenth anniversary, and how Roosevelters can continuing pushing for a better country for all of us.
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal compares two mutually exclusive conservative analyses of what crony capitalism means and how to fix it, which suggest this isn’t a useful concept in policy debates.