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  • America’s Mass Incarceration Problem Getting WorseAmerica’s Mass Incarceration Problem Getting Worse
    By Tanya Golash-Boza, Professor, University of California, Merced. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing for stricter sentencing in criminal cases. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Today, the United States is a world leader in incarceration, but this has not always been the case. For most of the 20th century, the U.S. incarcerated about 100 people per […]
  • Chinese Caught in a Housing Trap of their OwnChinese Caught in a Housing Trap of their Own
    As regulators grapple to keep a lid on soaring housing prices in big cities, some people sign up for the debt treadmill and others decide to just get on with life. Yang Yang reports. The average price of a home in Beijing grew from 56,000 yuan a square meter in October to 63,000 yuan a […]
  • Why Solitary Confinement Makes Prisoners Behave BadlyWhy Solitary Confinement Makes Prisoners Behave Badly
    They live in tiny, austere cages not much larger than their bodies, isolated from their peers. These pitiful lab rats once served merely as control groups for researchers, to be compared with rodents in more comfortable abodes with toys and fellow lab animals for interaction. But then scientists realized these unfortunate rats could be the […]
  • Team Trump’s Finances Show the Swamp Isn’t DrainedTeam Trump’s Finances Show the Swamp Isn’t Drained
    For all Donald Trump’s talk about draining the swamp, his cabinet and closest advisers remain bogged down in their own complex finances. On Sunday, The New York Times, ProPublica and the AP, published the financial disclosure forms of various White House staffers—including some of the administration’s biggest players: chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff […]
  • Trump Claims Credit for Job Growth Figures from Obama EraTrump Claims Credit for Job Growth Figures from Obama Era
    In the first full month of employment data since President Donald Trump took office—and judging by his Twitter feed, the president was watching—the U.S. Labor Department announced a 235,000-job increase in nonfarm payrolls for February, marking the 77th consecutive month of gains in the U.S. and clearing the way for the Federal Reserve to hike […]
  • What is Lost When USDA and EPA are GaggedWhat is Lost When USDA and EPA are Gagged
    Facts aren’t political Pexels Government science is useless if the public can’t learn about it In the summer of 2015 a tropical storm slammed into the mountains of Myanmar and triggered one of the largest landslides not caused by an earthquake in a decade. We know this because of pictures—stunning in their devastation—taken with a […]
  • Trump Row with Spy Agencies Called DangerousTrump Row with Spy Agencies Called Dangerous
    The conflict between President-elect Donald Trump and the U.S. intelligence community could have profound repercussions. We spoke recently about the issue to Matthew Olsen, who spent two decades working in senior posts in intelligence and national security for Democrat and Republican administrations. Olsen, 54, served most recently (from 2011 to 2014) as director of the […]
  • Barack Obama: America’s Chief HypocriteBarack Obama: America’s Chief Hypocrite
    There is a quote that gloats: “I don’t mind losing to a deserving winner, but winning to a jealous sore loser is more fun than eating homemade biscuits with cane syrup!” While Donald Trump is not a very appealing candidate for many out there, the truth is that the Democrats continue to prove why Americans […]
  • Democrats Are Idiots and Other Facts You Should KnowDemocrats Are Idiots and Other Facts You Should Know
    Here is a thought for you. Let’s say that the University of Alabama football team, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, is headed across the state to play Auburn this weekend. On the way, the team bus breaks down. A whole group of boosters stop to see what is going on but, when the […]
  • Myths That Cost Democrats the ElectionMyths That Cost Democrats the Election
    On Friday, I almost assaulted a fan of my work. I was in the Philadelphia International Airport, and a man who recognized me from one of my appearances on a television news show approached. He thanked me for the investigative reporting I had done about Donald Trump before the election, expressed his outrage that the […]


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