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Is scarcity over?

Science keeps finding new ways to extract resources. Should we stop worrying about not having enough?

15 percent of Americans were in poverty last year. But the definition of “poverty” is wrong.

The official poverty numbers don't take into account either government assistance/taxes, or expenses like housing, transportation, medical care, and child care into account. There's a better way to measure disadvantage.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 17, 2013
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How a secretive trade deal could help American tobacco companies hook new smokers

A reversal on the tobacco provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement would not slow the industry's global march.

Corporations had ONE JOB on gender diversity. Take a guess on whether they did it.

The SEC requires corporations to explain if they consider diversity in appointing their corporate boards. They don't even do that.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 16, 2013
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The electoral college is halfway to being abolished

The reform effort is picking up steam, but a lot has to happen for presidential elections to be decided by popular vote.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 2, 2013
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Hang on to your balloons! The helium cliff is nigh.

The federal repository of the noblest of gases is planning for a shutdown in October.

The depressing reality of ‘the recovery': Americans aren’t getting jobs. They’re retiring.

If labor force participation hadn't declined between 2007 and 2012, then unemployment wouldn't have gone down one whit.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 24, 2013
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This is what would happen if we breach the debt ceiling

A very specific, very scary analysis of what would happen in the days following a default.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 7, 2013
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Wonkbook: Want some gloomy news about 2013?

Sure you do. The CBO says that growth will be a mere 1.7 percent -- and that's if we avoid the fiscal cliff. If we go over the fiscal cliff? Hoo boy.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 23, 2012
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Chart: The last six months of the year are the most dangerous for the economy

Statistically speaking, the worst for the global economy might not be over yet.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Jun 26, 2012
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How we die (in one chart)

The New England Journal of Medicine looks at death reports in 200 years of back issues.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Jun 22, 2012
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The optimist’s guide to repealing the individual mandate

Don't panic yet: Some health care experts think Obamacare could survive just fine without an individual mandate.

  • Sarah Kliff
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  • Jun 21, 2012
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The scary take on Ben Bernanke’s remarks

What if Bernanke actually can't do more, or at least doesn't believe he can?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jun 20, 2012
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