Politicians from both parties want to make it easier to climb from the bottom of the income ladder to the top. Gregory Clark explains why that might be easier said than done.
A new bill by Jim Sensenbrenner, John Conyers, and Patrick Leahy would restore some of the voting rights protections that the Supreme Court struck down last spring.
You've seen the 40 maps that explain the world. But charts have always been better than maps.
The country had 741 infections in 2009, but not a single one in 2012 or 2013.
“Do you know what everyone at this table has in common?” Ben Bernanke mused. “They all had Stan Fischer as their thesis adviser.”
"In terms of social policy size and scope, there's much less distance between the U.S. today and Sweden and Denmark today than between the U.S. in 1914 and the U.S. today."
Lyndon Johnson used his 1964 State of the Union to declare war on poverty. Here's what you need to know.
These five conservative policies will create an economy of which young Americans can be proud.
"This chart shows the top 10 percent's share of income from 1917 to 2012."
The airport safety agency doesn't save any lives and causes needless hassle. Let's eliminate it.
"A large new peer-reviewed study published in 2013 estimates the number of North American birds killed by cats at well over one billion per year."
Haven't given to charity yet this season? Don't worry - here's everything you need to know to make your gift count.
Notre Dame political scientist Benjamin Radcliff explains the surprisingly large effects government policies have on human happiness.
The A&E show's in the headlines after racist and homophobic comments by star Phil Robertson got him suspended. Here's what you need to know.
The Gawker writer talks about his essay, "On Smarm," and why eschewing negativity can damage our politics and our culture.
Nobel prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps explains his proposal for wage subsidies to help low-income workers.
Former Bank of Israel governor Stanley Fischer is emerging as the leading candidate to succeed Janet Yellen as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve.
The Oscar season drama risks giving viewers a misleading impression of the early history of the AIDS epidemic.
Before the government taxes people and/or sends them money, inequality in Sweden is as high as it is in the U.S. Then everything changes.
The University of Toronto political theorist on the case for a path to citizenship, what we owe to refugees, and why a just world wouldn't have border controls at all.