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Economics Daily Digest: Inequality was not an accident

Economics Daily Digest: Inequality was not an accident

Economics Daily Digest by the Roosevelt Institute banner

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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We Built This Country on Inequality (The Nation)

Mychal Denzel Smith writes that the U.S. economy was built on a foundation of inequality for women and racial minorities, and that we must fight racism and sexism if we hope to close the wealth gap.

Oklahoma Governor Signs Law Barring Cities…

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Open thread for night owls: Our country was built on inequality

Open thread for night owls: Our country was built on inequality

At The Nation, Mychal Denzel Smith writes We Built This Country on Inequality:

I admit to tuning out most conversations surrounding income and/or wealth inequality in the United States. It’s not because I don’t find these conversations important; they are vital. The problem is that I always hear the issue of inequality situated around what has happened in the last thirty or forty years, which…

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Missouri mayor faces possible impeachment over racist remarks

Missouri mayor faces possible impeachment over racist remarks

After Marionville, Missouri, Mayor Don Clevenger’s comments that he “kind of agrees” with some of the racist views espoused by Frazier Glenn Cross—the white supremacist who shot and killed three people at the Overland Park, Kansas, Jewish Community Center on April 13, 2014—some members of the community are taking action:

A group of citizens, many of whom backed Clevenger’s opponent in the…

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Tea party fuels right-wing radio with millions in cash

Tea party fuels right-wing radio with millions in cash

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh

Ken Vogel and Mackenzie Wagner of Politico put a dollar figure on the massive flow of cash from conservative groups to talk radio hosts between 2008 and 2012:

A POLITICO review of filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as interviews and reviews of radio shows, found that conservative groups spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved…

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Politico, Tal Kopan, and what’s wrong with American political journalism

Politico, Tal Kopan, and what’s wrong with American political journalism

Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from a bridge as protesters gather by the Bureau of Land Management's base camp, where cattle that were seized from rancher Cliven Bundy are being held, near Bunkerville, Nevada April 12, 2014. The U.S. Burea

If anyone needs to hear another example of just how incredibly awful American journalism has become, look no further than this pieceby Tal Kopan in Politico. I suppose this is what is thought to be “objective coverage” in modern journalism, in which the truth is irrelevant and the press is there only to act as a stenographer’s megaphone rather than as an informer. The piece is about the…

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Sometimes when I get nervous, I hold my gun & squeeze my fingers closed like this! BLAM! GunFAIL LXV

Sometimes when I get nervous, I hold my gun & squeeze my fingers closed like this! BLAM! GunFAIL LXV

Seven of 51 guns discovered by TSA agents in airports across the country last week.

Another week heavy on the self-shootings. We have 40 total listings, and 21 of them involve people accidentally shooting themselves.

Seven of our listings involved law enforcement officers, active duty military, or security guards. Their seven accidents wounded three and killed two, including the astonishing…

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Fox News’ Gutfeld ‘envies’ Americans too poor to pay income tax

Fox News’ Gutfeld ‘envies’ Americans too poor to pay income tax

You know, Fox News talking head and department store mannequin that has finally become a real boy Greg Gutfeld, if you envy the Americans so poor that they pay no federal income tax I can think of a very simple way to join their ranks.

Yay, it’s tax day! Or for seventy million households: Tuesday, because for them they pay no federal income tax so they’re left wondering why everyone’s at the…

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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Stale Marshmallow Peeps FRIDAY!

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Stale Marshmallow Peeps FRIDAY!

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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Late Night Snark: Hippity Hop Edition

“This year’s Easter Sunday happens to fall on the same day as the marijuana holiday, 4/20. Which means no matter what your religion, this Sunday you’re probably going to see a giant bunny.”
—Conan O’Brien

Vintage Easter graphic of chicks climbing into an airship “Chickies! Don’t get on that ship!
The rest of the book ‘To Serve
Fowl,’ it’s… it’s a cookbook!”

“Walmart’s owners are so…

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Harry Reid says Cliven Bundy is a domestic terrorist. Ed Schultz agrees. (VIDEO)

Harry Reid says Cliven Bundy is a domestic terrorist. Ed Schultz agrees. (VIDEO)

Anyone who  followed the Cliven Bundy ranch stand off should have been in shocked. Citizens with guns and automatic weapons were spewed all over the highway and  surrounding land. They had snipers with  government law enforcement officers in their crosshairs.

These are scenes one sees in third world countries where orderly transition of government is not the norm. Yet these lawless actions are…

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Chart of the Day: Obamacare sign-up tally if Fox News does the counting

Chart of the Day: Obamacare sign-up tally if Fox News does the counting

Satirical count of ACA sign-ups.

Thanks to Daniel Liebman for this chart that would surprise nobody if it appeared on Fox.  

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