Why it’s not enough for fast food companies to “give consumers what they want”

How can what people want suffice when what people want simply ends up marginalizing you?

White kids are winning San Francisco’s school lottery, and the data proves it

Under a system designed to promote diversity, white students are attending just a few schools or leaving the district entirely.

The U.S. has been losing out on foreign investment. A bunch of multinationals are trying to change that.

China recently surpassed the United States as the top destination for global capital.

Charted: What movies get right and wrong about drug use in America

Hollywood seldom gets it right when it comes to drugs.

Nearly 80 percent of people who commit murder-suicide had a crisis in the two weeks prior

Key facts on who commits murder-suicides.

Between banks and unions, Democrats could be squeezed for campaign cash

Both groups are reportedly withholding some donations to put pressure on lawmakers.

Why Americans overwhelmingly prefer fake maple syrup

The geography and economy of maple syrup production.

Why you shouldn’t lose sleep over the biggest ‘bubble’ in the markets today

Bonds have crazy-low yields, but don't call them a bubble.

The cities where salaries are keeping up with housing prices — and where they’re not

Where housing prices are growing faster than salaries, and where they're not

Barack Obama talks the war on drugs with the creator of The Wire

"What drugs don't destroy, the war against them is ripping apart"

In surprise show of support, filibuster-proof Senate majority backs paid sick leave

If passed, the Healthy Families Act would be the first meaningful expansion of federal time-off requirements since 1993.

The payday industry’s money-making model is coming to an end

Arizona is moving to block abortion coverage, cutting off poor women

That drives inequality.

Democrats’ conundrum: Voters often don’t trust government to fix inequality

Voters, it turns out, don't much care for Democrats' solutions to inequality.

After legalization, Colorado pot arrests plunge

Marijuana arrests have fallen by 95% in Colorado, but some racial disparities still remain.

When cheap housing isn’t really a good deal

How the hidden costs of transportation influence what's truly affordable.

How the FDA could make prescription drug ads less annoying

The super long lists of potential side effects could get much shorter.

Map: Every single road in the U.S., in mind-boggling detail

Get ready to experience the U.S. like you never have before.

Taking aim at tech industry inequality, Microsoft extends paid leave to thousands of contractors

People working for Microsoft's suppliers will receive 15 days of paid leave, currently a rarity.

How welfare encourages people to start businesses

Research suggests the social safety net encourages risk-taking.

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