Biden’s Pick for Trade Representative Promises Break With Past Policy

Katherine Tai, the nominee to be America’s chief trade negotiator, declined to give policy specifics on tariffs and trade agreements, but laid out a broad vision of a more equitable trade policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement, #world-trade-organization

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Biden’s Pick for Trade Representative Promises Break With Past Policy

Katherine Tai, the nominee to be America’s chief trade negotiator, declined to give policy specifics on tariffs and trade agreements, but laid out a broad vision of a more equitable trade policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement, #world-trade-organization

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Criminal Justice Is a State Issue

State power is the path to racial equality and liberation.

#bail, #black-people, #brookings-institution, #capital-punishment, #crime-and-criminals, #death-penalty-information-center, #illinois, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #virginia, #whites

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School Closures Have Failed America’s Children

As many as three million children have gotten no education for nearly a year.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #democratic-party, #dropouts, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #republican-party, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Covid-19 Slammed Her Neighborhood. She Can’t Find Her Father a Vaccine.

Logistical hurdles, fear and misinformation are threatening to leave some of the city’s immigrant communities behind as the vaccine rollout ramps up.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-community-foundation, #corona-queens-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flatbush-brooklyn-ny, #flushing-queens-ny, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #sunset-park-brooklyn-ny, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Virus Slammed Her Neighborhood. She Can’t Find Her Father a Vaccine.

Logistical hurdles, fear and misinformation are threatening to leave some of the city’s immigrant communities behind as the vaccine rollout ramps up.

#bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-community-foundation, #corona-queens-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flatbush-brooklyn-ny, #flushing-queens-ny, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #sunset-park-brooklyn-ny, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Jobs the Pandemic May Devastate

An updated forecast by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has alarming news for people with a high school diploma or less.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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The Activists Working to Remake the Food System

They’re committed not just to securing better meals for everyone, but to dismantling the very structures that have long exploited both workers and consumers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #andres-jose-1969, #arkansas, #atlanta-ga, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #organic-foods-and-products

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Should Student Debt Be Canceled?

Readers discuss fairness and the racial wealth gap in debating whether this would be the right move.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #colleges-and-universities, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity, #student-loans, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Can Biden Save Americans Like My Old Pal Mike?

A childhood friend’s deadly mistakes prompt reflection on our country’s — and my own.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minimum-wage, #oregon, #poverty, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #yamhill-ore

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Nobody Wins in an Economy of White Resentment

But there is a way out of America’s zero-sum socioeconomic thinking.

#black-people, #income-inequality, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #obama-barack, #race-and-ethnicity, #tea-party-movement, #united-states-economy, #whites

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Bidenomics 101: Inside the White House’s Plans to Bring Jobs Back

In public and private, Biden and his advisers have signaled some dramatic interventions to revive U.S. manufacturing. Will they really happen?

#deese-brian-c-1978, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tanden-neera, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth, #yellen-janet-l

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California Is Making Liberals Squirm

If progressivism can’t work there, why should the country believe it can work anywhere else?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Minimum Wage Hike Would Help Poverty but Cost Jobs, Budget Office Says

The Congressional Budget Office said raising the federal minimum wage to $15 would also increase the deficit, potentially helping the proposal’s prospects of being included in relief legislation.

#congressional-budget-office, #federal-budget-us, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #minimum-wage, #poverty, #sanders-bernard, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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West Virginia Has Everyone’s Attention. What Does It Really Need?

With the right federal response, it could become a model of renewal for other places around the country that prosperity has left behind.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #manchin-joe-iii, #rural-areas, #stimulus-economic, #west-virginia

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Dying of Covid in a ‘Separate and Unequal’ L.A. Hospital

Inside an overwhelmed facility in the worst-hit part of California, where the patriarchs of two immigrant families were taken when they fell sick.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #los-angeles-calif, #martin-luther-king-jr-community-hospital

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Can We Please Stop Talking About Stocks, Please?

The stock market isn’t the economy, but that’s hard to remember in a bubble.

#dow-jones-stock-average, #gamestop-corporation, #income-inequality, #nasdaq-composite-index, #reddit-inc, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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A SoulCycle Instructor Got the Vaccine as an ‘Educator’

The spin class teacher, Stacey Griffith, has since apologized. But to many, it was another example of wealthy or well-connected people cutting lines for doses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #griffith-stacey-1968, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #soulcycle-llc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How New York’s Vaccine Program Missed Black and Hispanic Residents

Vaccination rates lag in some of the communities that have been the hardest hit by the virus.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #race-and-ethnicity, #vaccination-and-immunization

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What Canceling Student Debt Would Do for the Racial Wealth Gap

A solution to the debt crisis would help all borrowers. But it could also begin to address a history of discriminatory policies affecting Black graduates.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #discrimination, #income-inequality, #student-loans, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Two Biden Priorities, Climate and Inequality, Meet on Black-Owned Farms

The administration has pledged to make agriculture a cornerstone of its plan to fight warming, but also to tackle a legacy of discrimination that has pushed Black farmers off the land.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who Will Pay to Get America Back on Its Feet?

A one-time tax on those who have made lots of money during the pandemic may be an answer.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #social-media, #taxation

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Fed Leaves Interest Rates Near-Zero as Economic Recovery Slows

Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell said the economic outlook remains “highly uncertain” and will depend on the path of the virus.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #income-inequality, #interest-rates, #quantitative-easing, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy

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Why India’s Farmers Are Protesting

Thousands of protesters, many driving tractors, took to the streets of New Delhi on Tuesday. Who are they, and what do they want?

#agriculture-and-farming, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #income-inequality, #india, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #politics-and-government, #punjab-india, #sikhs-and-sikhism

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Made in the U.S.A.: Socialism for the Rich. Capitalism for the Rest.

Once we take care of the pandemic, we need to sort this out.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #sharma-ruchir, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Who Owns Stocks? Explaining the Rise in Inequality During the Pandemic

Bad economies usually hurt both workers and investors. Only the first part has been true this time.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #recession-and-depression, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

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Hong Kong’s First Covid-19 Lockdown Exposes Deep-Rooted Inequality

The city’s notorious tenement apartments are potential hotbeds of transmission, with their cramped quarters, faulty piping and poor ventilation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #hong-kong, #income-inequality, #quarantines, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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BlackRock’s Larry Fink Sets a Bolder Climate Goal in Annual Letter

Larry Fink is using his firm’s huge influence to pressure companies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

#blackrock-inc, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #corporate-social-responsibility, #fink-laurence-d, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #stocks-and-bonds

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There’s No Easy Fix for Children’s Weight Gain

Experts advise families to avoid blaming themselves and to look for opportunities to congratulate children for healthy behaviors and good decisions.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #families-and-family-life, #food-insecurity, #income-inequality, #obesity, #weight

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‘We Are Forced to Live in These Conditions’: In Los Angeles, Virus Ravages Overcrowded Homes

Perhaps nowhere else in America can the unequal toll of the virus be felt more dramatically. Suburban sprawl and freeways demarcate the neighborhoods of the haves and the have-nots.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #income-inequality, #los-angeles-calif, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Biden Seeks to Define His Presidency by an Early Emphasis on Equity

Only two presidents before him have used their inaugural weeks to push for equality with the same force, according to one historian.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government

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C.E.O.s, Former Officials Call for a Post-Trump Globalism Revival

A group of company leaders and former policymakers argue that “globalism” isn’t an epithet. Instead, they argue, it is the way forward.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #arnault-bernard, #blair-tony, #dimon-james, #gates-robert-m, #income-inequality, #johnsonjohnson, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #politics-and-government, #tsai-joseph-c, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Message From Martin Luther King Jr.’s Son

If he saw the issues of poverty and income inequality that exist today, he would be greatly disappointed.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #discrimination, #income-inequality, #king-martin-luther-jr, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity

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When Biden Becomes … Rooseveltian!

Using a crisis to reduce child poverty and make America more truly a land of opportunity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-insecurity, #great-depression-1930s, #income-inequality, #new-deal-1930s, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Coronavirus Is Erasing Minority Women from the Workforce

Those hard-won gains were never guaranteed to last. Now we’re seeing just how precarious they were all along.

#black-people, #bureau-of-labor-statistics, #cambridge-university, #income-inequality, #minimum-wage, #minorities, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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White Riot

How racism, grievance, resentment and the fear of diminished status came together to fuel violence and mayhem on Jan. 6.

#democratic-party, #income-inequality, #republican-party, #social-conditions-and-trends, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #whites

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The Race to Lead Boston Is Suddenly Wide Open

The selection of Mayor Martin J. Walsh as labor secretary has shaken up the mayoral race in Boston, which has struggled with police reform and an extreme racial wealth gap.

#boston-mass, #campbell-andrea-j-1982, #elections-mayors, #income-inequality, #presidential-transition-us, #race-and-ethnicity, #walsh-martin-j, #wu-michelle-1985

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In the Cold and Rain, India’s Farmers Press Their Stand Against Modi

Protesters have created camps around Delhi that are virtual cities unto themselves, using donations and their own organizational skills to help their battle against new government farm policies.

#delhi-india, #income-inequality, #india, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sikhs-and-sikhism, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

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Biden Picks Dr. Nunez-Smith to Lead Health Equity Task Force

Appointed head of the incoming administration’s task force on health equity, the Yale University scientist “is not sitting in her ivory tower.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #krumholz-harlan-m, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #native-americans, #nunez-smith-marcella, #poverty, #race-and-ethnicity, #st-thomas-virgin-islands, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #yale-university, #your-feed-science

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Eviction Records May Haunt Tenants After the Covid-19 Pandemic Ends

Americans who default on their rent may find it hard to escape lasting effects on their financial future.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-scores, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #evictions, #income-inequality, #landlords, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

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Even With $900 Billion Stimulus, Biden Faces Fragile Economy

Despite new pandemic aid, he confronts an economic crisis unlike any since he last entered office in 2009. And political headwinds have only stiffened.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #presidential-transition-us, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #senate, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #white-house-council-of-economic-advisers

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27 Places Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The new year brings another round of increases, nearly a decade after workers started campaigning for higher pay.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #florida, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #minimum-wage, #national-employment-law-project, #restaurants, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

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What Giant Skeletons and Puppy Shortages Told Us About the 2020 Economy

This year was awful, but it gave rise to some interesting social trends. Here’s what they tell us about the economic future.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #millennial-generation, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #united-states-economy

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Most Americans Are Expected to Save, Not Spend, Their $600 Check

While lawmakers debate increasing the stimulus payments to $2,000, experts say it would make far more sense to give more money to the unemployed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #philanthropy, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Year Inequality Became Less Visible, and More Visible Than Ever

Even as shared public spaces emptied out, the gap between the economically privileged and the precarious became impossible to ignore.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #great-depression-1930s, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #recession-and-depression

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One Vaccine Side Effect: Global Economic Inequality

As Covid inoculations begin, the economic downturn stands to be reversed, but developing countries are at risk of being left behind.

#european-union, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization

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What Biden and Harris Owe the Poor

They must reject the politics of austerity and fulfill their commitment to policies that address human needs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #poor-peoples-campaign-coalition, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

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Disadvantaged Students More Likely to Be Learning Remotely, Study Finds

Research from Columbia University suggests that less effective instruction will widen the achievement gap.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #minorities

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Why China Turned Against Jack Ma

The Alibaba chief paid for pushing back against Beijing. But the shift in attitude also speaks to a growing wealth gap and diminished opportunities for the young.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #alipay, #ant-financial-services-group, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #entrepreneurship, #income-inequality, #ma-jack, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Why China Turned Against Alibaba’s Jack Ma

The Alibaba chief paid for pushing back against Beijing. But the shift in attitude also speaks to a growing wealth gap and diminished opportunities for the young.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #alipay, #ant-financial-services-group, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #entrepreneurship, #income-inequality, #ma-jack, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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