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The New York Times: In an Unequal Economy, the Poor Face Inflation Now and Job Loss Later

The New York Times, August 8, 2022, In an Unequal Economy, the Poor Face Inflation Now and Job Loss Later Higher-income households built up savings and wealth during the early stages of the pandemic as they stayed at home and their stocks, houses and other assets rose in value. Between those stockpiles and solid wage …

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The Atlantic: How California Exported Its Worst Problem to Texas

The Atlantic, August 10, 2022, How California Exported Its Worst Problem to Texas At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the shift to remote work was supposed to ease the long-festering housing crisis in “superstar” metros such as Los Angeles and New York. Prices would fall as workers once tethered to offices in Century City …

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A federal complaint accuses Milwaukee of creating ‘containment zones’ where low-income people are concentrated

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 8, 2022, A federal complaint accuses Milwaukee of creating ‘containment zones’ where low-income people are concentrated In the complaint filed under seal in February, and unsealed in recent days, property owners James Dieter and Karen Schwenke argue the city has created “containment zones” on the near west side and other areas of the …

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Politico: ‘People will die waiting’: America’s system for the disabled is nearing collapse

Politico, August 10, 2022, ‘People will die waiting’: America’s system for the disabled is nearing collapse Private agencies that provide services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled have long warned that, without fresh state and federal funding, they would be unable to provide housing and staff support to the growing number of Americans who need …

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CBS News: U.S. Bank opened fake accounts for unsuspecting customers

CBS News, July 28, 2022, U.S. Bank opened fake accounts for unsuspecting customers Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank, the country’s fifth-largest bank with over $559 billion in assets, accessed unsuspecting customers’ credit reports and opened checking and savings accounts, credit cards and lines of credit without customers’ authorization in order to boost sales, the CFPB found in …

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The New York Times: West Virginia Punishes Banks That It Says Don’t Support Coal

The New York Times, July 28, 2022, West Virginia Punishes Banks That It Says Don’t Support Coal West Virginia on Thursday morning announced that five major financial institutions, including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, would be barred from doing business with the state because they have stopped supporting the coal industry. The announcement, made by West …

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American Banker: Black entrepreneurs take aim at racial wealth gap by starting mortgage fintech

American Banker, June 29, 2022, Black entrepreneurs take aim at racial wealth gap by starting mortgage fintech A fintech startup launching this Labor Day is looking to chip away at the racial wealth and homeownership gaps by helping its customers show lenders that, even if they don’t have the credit score to secure a mortgage, …

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The New York Times: Where an Army Paycheck Is an Easy Target

The New York Times, June 30, 2022, Where an Army Paycheck Is an Easy Target For soldiers sometimes still in their teens, the dozens of financial services operators that surround Fort Campbell and other military outposts are a gantlet to run every time they step off government property. The results are alarming: The post’s own …

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The Washington Post: Why are my patients still isolating in their homes? Gun violence.

The Washington Post, June 13, 2022, Why are my patients still isolating in their homes? Gun violence. As a pediatrician in Philadelphia, I hear this sentiment every day. More families than I can count live their entire lives inside homes to avoid gun violence. Many have lost loved ones; others are petrified they will. Children …

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NPR: Why The Racial Wealth Gap Is So Hard To Close

NPR, June 14, 2022, Why The Racial Wealth Gap Is So Hard To Close However, starting in the 1980s, the racial wealth gap stopped closing and began widening. In the economists’ dream simulation, convergence would have continued. One important reason for this reversal is Black Americans stopped making progress in catching up to the incomes …

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The Washington Post: Think you’re the one to beat the crypto crash? Think again.

The Washington Post, May 23, 2022, Opinion: Think you’re the one to beat the crypto crash? Think again. When TerraUSD, a stablecoin — that is, a cryptocurrency that is supposed to be pegged to the dollar or another asset — lost almost all its value this month, it happened so fast that many investors lost …

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American Banker: Brown calls on Wells Fargo to end discriminatory practices ‘once and for all’

American Banker, May 31, 2022, Brown calls on Wells Fargo to end discriminatory practices ‘once and for all’ In a letter to President and CEO Charlie Scharf, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio called on the executive to “once and for all address Wells Fargo’s governance, risk management, and hiring practices — weaknesses that have plagued …

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The New York Times: Biden and Fed chair Powell are set to meet as inflation dogs the global economy

The New York Times, May 31, 2022, Biden and Fed chair Powell are set to meet as inflation dogs the global economy President Biden will meet with Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the state of the U.S. and global economy at a challenging moment. Inflation …

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The Hill: House Democrats to move slate of gun bills this week

The Hill, May 31, 2022, House Democrats to move slate of gun bills this week House Democrats are wasting no time taking up gun violence legislation following last week’s school massacre in Texas, scheduling a special session of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday to send a slate of tougher firearms rules to the chamber …

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