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What’s the Matter with Iowa?  

Having gained “trifecta” control over the state’s government in November, Iowa Republicans are implementing a big-business agenda with astounding speed—and devastating implications for workers.



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The Triumph of the 1%  

A new study by Thomas Piketty and his colleagues shows that American inequality continues to rise, with no sign of abating.



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Red Lines, Black Lives  

A new digital archive reveals the extent of the federal government’s role in fueling and enforcing midcentury housing discrimination.





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Ferguson Digs In Its Heels  

The city of Ferguson has reneged on its promises to reform policing practices. Its current standoff with the Justice Department reveals the stubbornness of a municipal system that combines handouts to big corporations with predatory fines for the poor.





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Ferguson Revisited  

One year after the death of Michael Brown, the conditions that made Ferguson shorthand for economic, political, and carceral injustice remain unchanged.





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Border City Blues  

It is no coincidence that the starkest reactions to police violence—from Ferguson to Baltimore—have flared in cities strung along the Mason-Dixon Line.



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How Racism Became Policy in Ferguson  

The Justice Department report offers a glimpse of the systematically oppressive and petty policing in Ferguson. But in order to fully understand how racism became policy in the St. Louis suburbs, we need to look at the history of suburban development itself.



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Mapping Our Unequal States  

The “suspension bridge” of top income shares (based on the work of Thomas Piketty and colleagues) is by now a familiar icon of American inequality. In this rendering, top-end inequality (measured as the share of national income going to the …



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