Tag: income

Should We Soak the Rich? You Bet!

Donald Trump promised struggling working-class voters that he heard their frustrations and would act. He did: He pushed through a tax cut that made income inequality worse. In 2018, for the first time, the 400 richest American households paid a lower average tax rate than any other income group, according to new research by two […]

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Intensive Care: What Makes a ‘Good’ Parent?

Last year when Patrick Ishizuka published a parenting study, he set off another round of discussion about what we call good parenting, and who is able to do it. The study looked at the results of a nationally representative survey in which parents were presented with fictional vignettes about elementary school-aged children; alternate responses suggested […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for Social Security Looks Smart

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. When I was a teenager, my mom showed me a statement that she had received in the mail from the Social Security Administration. It included an annual history of her earnings, which showed a big string of […]

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Share of Americans With Health Insurance Declined in 2018

The share of Americans with health insurance fell last year, despite a strong economy that lifted families out of poverty. About 27.5 million people, or 8.5 percent of the population, lacked health insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9 percent the year before, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. It was the first increase since […]

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Are Democrats Throwing Away the Senate?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Could Democrats actually retake the Senate next year? Or are they already blowing their best chance? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk the state of the other 2020 race(s) worth paying attention […]

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When Elizabeth Warren Agreed With Betsy DeVos

The most important campaign news of the summer was Elizabeth Warren’s surge. Early in the year, her campaign was foundering. She was in fifth place, with a mere 6 percent support. Now she is rising toward the top, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. She’s drawing huge crowds — 15,000 in […]

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7 of Your Most Burning Questions on Social Security (With Answers)

People have lots of questions about Social Security: Will it still be around when I retire? How much will I get? How does the spousal benefit work? That’s not surprising. No government program is more important to so many Americans. This year, Social Security is expected to pay $1.1 trillion to 69 million recipients of […]

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The Biggest Threat to America Is Us

Near the close of last Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, Chuck Todd asked the candidates what he called “a simple question.” In “one word,” he asked, who or what is the biggest geopolitical threat to America today? Reflecting on that moment, I asked myself what I would say. It didn’t take long to decide. It’s not […]

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One-on-One With Cory Booker

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Cory Booker has executive experience, bipartisan bona fides and a raft of ambitious policy goals. So why is the New Jersey senator running in the middle of the 2020 Democratic pack — and how […]

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Death to the Meritocracy with Andrew Yang

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Andrew Yang is an Ivy League-educated tech entrepreneur who’s never held political office. So why is he running for president — and what would he do if he won? This week on “The Argument,” […]

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