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Breaking Down the Sex Gap in Pay: Where is Pay for Men and Women More Equal?

Head to American FactFinder, a project of the U.S. Census Bureau, and you can get information about the American people on a wide variety of subjects, all the way up to the national level and all the way down to the level of your town or city. The information provided by the Census Bureau can […]

Ben Carson, Jesus, And The Deficit

I worry about the harsh, judgmental, blinkered brand of politics that Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson represents. I worry about his opposition to equal rights between heterosexuals and homosexuals. I worry about his eagerness to encourage panic about infectious diseases. I worry about his animosity to atheists, and his embrace of Creationist junk science. I […]

As WalMart Refuses a Livable Wage, 11/28 Black Friday Protests Loom

The Walton family members who own the WalMart shopping chain are among the richest people in America. They got rich the dirty way — by having WalMart treat overseas sweatshop production workers like dirt and refuse to pay a living wage to its workers, who it strings along with part-time work so it can avoid […]

Negligent Slumlords For John Katko and Rob Astorino

Some endorsements are the opposite of helpful.

On my way to vote this afternoon, I passed by the lawn signs you see below, promoting John Katko for Congress and Rob Astorino for Governor.

Why share this picture of these lawn signs? For me, the story is all in the vacant lot behind the signs.

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Why No Liberal Could Ever Vote For Libertarian Michael McDermott

Over the last day, I’ve been having a discussion with one of our readers, Stephen Kent Gray, about the difference between liberals and Libertarians. The discussion started out when Stephen wanted to know why I didn’t mention Michael McDermott, the Libertarian candidate for New York Governor, in my considerations of who to vote for in […]

Susan Collins, Big Money Candidate. Shenna Bellows, Small Money Candidate. Who Wins?

Contribution totals in the Maine Senate race through October 15, 2014 have become available at the Federal Election Commission, and they tell a story of strong contrasts.

Here’s a graphic profile of Democrat Shenna Bellows’ campaign contributors:

And here’s a graphic profile of Republican Susan Collins’ campaign contributors:

Less than 1 in 10 […]

Fact Checking Hi and Lois on those Golden Gas Pumping Days of Yore

When I opened the paper on October 18, Chance Brown’s Hi and Lois comic strip struck me soundly. Poor Hi, we’re meant to conclude. But are the circumstances related in the strip accurate? I did a bit of fact checking:

Correction 1: Gas hasn’t had a price of $3.99 per gallon in the United […]

Sparse Football Homecoming

The school district for the town where I live spent a huge amount of money to construct a new football field and set of bleachers at the high school. Today came the test. Was the spending worth it? The Homecoming game is taking place right now – traditionally the most popular game of the season. […]

The Economies Of Wars And Walkers

On September 11, 2001, 2,999 people were killed in a terrorist attack. In response to those deaths, the United States has spent trillions of dollars to engage in three separate wars, in addition to bombings from robotic aircraft around the world, has instituted draconian search regimes and a practically omnipresent electronic surveillance system, and set […]

Susan Collins: More Donors from Beverly Hills than from Blue Hill

Last month, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted on behalf of large out-of-state donors who want to keep donating huge amounts of unregulated money. It turns out that Senator Collins is herself receiving huge amounts of money from those same large out-of-state donors. Senator Collins is taking significantly more money from outside the state of […]

While Corporate Wealth Soars, Food Insecurity for the American Poor Gets No Better

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, a measure of the value of U.S. corporate wealth, has been hitting record highs lately:

But in a news release this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the percentage of households with food insecurity remains historically high:

That food insecurity index is made up of a […]