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How Did Work-Life Balance in the U.S. Get So Awful?

June 3, 2013 The United States is the greatest country in the history of everything, if you just listen to its leaders, and a disgrace among developed countries, if you just read international surveys. Our health care system is famously expensive and inaccessible. Our education system is famously broken. Oh, and our income...

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Analysis: The Biggest Myth About the Gender Wage Gap

May 30, 2013 It might be the most famous statistic about female workers in the United States: Women earn "only 72 percent as much as their male counterparts." It's also famously false. A new survey from PayScale this morning finds that the wage gap nearly evaporates when you control for occupation and experience...

Video: Big Changes Coming to Your Gmail Inbox

May 29, 2013 Gmail announced on its blog this morning a major design overhaul which will be rolling out to inboxes "gradually." The new inbox is designed around five tabs: primary (for your human-to-human contacts), social (notices from Google+, which you knew they'd work in somehow, YouTube, and Picasa), promotions (retailers), updates (did...

The Most Fascinating Charts From an Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends

May 29, 2013 Every year, Mary Meeker and the team from KPCB unleash upon the world the mother of all slideshows, which aims to sum up The State of the Internet. This year's behemoth was born this morning, weighing in at 117 pages. Here are the 12 most interesting pages. Check out the...

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How Our Incredible Shrinking Government Raises Unemployment and Hurts the Recovery

May 7, 2013 How is this recovery different from all other recoveries? After every other recession since the early 1970s, government employment grew. In the four years following the end of the Great Recession, government jobs got the guillotine. You can see the specialness of our recovery in this compelling graph produced by...

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Analysis: The Shameful Sequester Vote

April 29, 2013 The morality play known as "Sequester" is entering its third act this week, and what a spectacularly awful and pointless piece of theater it has been. In the pre-curtain progloue, the president cuts a deal with the GOP to avoid a debt ceiling crisis in 2011. They schedule a law...

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Get Ready for Smallest U.S. Investment in Budget in History

April 17, 2013 Non-defense discretionary spending. God, what a hideous term. The tip of the tongue takes a trip of ten steps and falls on its face at the -ding. In fact, it's such a revolting sequence of consonants, maybe that explains why politicians think we can cut it to the bone without...

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The Obama Budget Simplified

April 10, 2013 If the Paul Ryan budget, in nine words, was: "Save the rich; Forget the poor; Spare the old" President Obama's budget, in nine words, is: "Tax the rich; Spare the poor; Remember the young" The contours of the president's plan will be familiar to budget nerds, because he's been cooking...

Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive?

March 28, 2013 The U.S. medical system is absurdly expensive. You knew that already. But you probably didn't realize just how absurdly expensive it is compared to other countries. These 21 graphs (one of them you'll see above) from the International Federation of Health Plans, via Ezra Klein, start to paint the picture....

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Sequester Real Talk: The 3 Dumbest Things About This Truly Dumb Law

March 4, 2013 The sequester is happening, people. At some point today, President Obama will send an order to cut $85 billion in spending in 2013, and then, slowly, those cuts will take place. The extremely specific reason why the sequester is happening is that it's the law and there is no deal...