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The Age of Vulnerability (Project Syndicate)
Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz points out that inequality isn’t just about lack of upward mobility, but also risk of downward mobility, and the U.S. economy has made people particularly vulnerable.
The Score: Does the Minimum Wage Kill Jobs? (The Nation)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert say the answer is probably no; for one, the states that have raised their minimum wage this year are experiencing higher employment growth.
In Texas and Across the Nation, Abortion Access is a Sign of Women’s Well-Being (The Hill)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn and Shulie Eisen connect access to abortion with the larger picture of women’s health and economics. States that limit abortion don’t do well on related issues either.
Youth Convention Gathers Crowds, Pols Over Brutality, Employment, Immigration, Ed and Transport (The Youth Project)
Jason Mast reports on the NextGen Illinois conference, profiling a few of the student organizers who are pursuing political change in their state now instead of waiting until they’re older.
Revenge of the Unforgiven (NYT)
Paul Krugman says an excess of virtue surrounding debt is killing economic growth. Forgiving more debt would increase the other spending needed to kick-start the economy.
Them That’s Got Shall Get (TAP)
Nathalie Baptiste follows up on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on black family wealth, focusing on the wealthiest black community in the country: Prince George’s County, Maryland.
‘Citizens United’ is Turning More Americans into Bystanders (WaPo)
E.J. Dionne argues that massive independent political spending is turning voters off, as it deepens our divisions and the sense that no one will work together after the election.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal says that recent arguments against more progressive taxation use a nonsensical definition in which inequality drives up tax progressivity.