Scared to Death: Immigrants in Need of Health Care Face Perilous Choices

Scared to Death: Immigrants in Need of Health Care Face Perilous Choices

Eric Pape

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Co-published with Capital & Main and Truthout. Undocumented immigrants fear that seeking medical care will get them kicked out of the country. One woman’s story shows the impact can prove deadly.

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Paul Tullis

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Co-published with WIRED. As the mayor of a small Indiana city, Pete Buttigieg applied his low-key technocratic style to economic and social dysfunction. Now he wants a chance to fix the country.

Health Care Is Shockingly Expensive. Why Can’t You Deduct It All on Your Taxes?

Health Care Is Shockingly Expensive. Why Can’t You Deduct It All on Your Taxes?

David Wallis

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Co-published with The Washington Post. It’s not a replacement for more sweeping reforms, but it might help in the meantime.

These Men are Fighting to Abolish the Death Penalty — From Death Row

These Men are Fighting to Abolish the Death Penalty — From Death Row

Lauren Gill

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Co-published with The Nation. Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is the nation’s only anti–death penalty organization run by death-row prisoners.

Some Essential Reading for Ethically Compromised Parents

Some Essential Reading for Ethically Compromised Parents

Rich Benjamin

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Co-published with The Los Angeles Times. The parents embroiled in the college admissions scandal could learn a thing or two from these selected readings on inequality in the higher-education system.

The Shutdown Is Great for Lenders

The Shutdown Is Great for Lenders

Susie Cagle

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Co-published with The Nation. Over 800,000 furloughed workers missed two paychecks during the most recent government shutdown. And credit unions, banks, and finance companies reaped the rewards.

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The San Francisco Chronicle. The meaning of middle-class life has altered from something stable to implied economic fragility.

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

Gloria Diaz

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Co-published with In These Times. This wasn’t the life I had envisioned for myself: part blue-collar worker, part professional, unable to fit in fully in either realm. I wonder if a piecemeal living of part-time work, no benefits and looming student loans is as good as it will get.

Middle-Class Shame Will Decide Where America Is Headed

Middle-Class Shame Will Decide Where America Is Headed

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The New York Times. Who can appeal to the people who feel the most like they’ve gotten a raw deal?

To Help the Homeless, Offer Shelter That Allows Deep Sleep

To Help the Homeless, Offer Shelter That Allows Deep Sleep

Lori Teresa Yearwood

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Co-published with San Francisco Chronicle. Sleep deprivation haunts unhoused people, worsening the trauma that sometimes caused their unsheltered situations in the first place.

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Elyssa East

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Co-published with The Guardian. Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent healthcare is being curtailed.

Who Can Afford to Get Pregnant? IVF 'Baby Scholarships' Raise a Class Issue

Who Can Afford to Get Pregnant? IVF 'Baby Scholarships' Raise a Class Issue

Anna Louie Sussman

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Co-published with The Guardian. Foundations are now helping couples and individuals seeking fertility treatments.

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

Ross Barkan

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Co-published with NBC. Millions of Americans are in danger of entering their final decades unable to afford ballooning medical bills and cost-of-living expenses.

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Tom Lewandowski

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Co-published with In These Times. At this point, betting our future on the next brutal mating ritual of Republicans and Democrats is not a bet most workers are willing to take.