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Why a Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Good for Walmart

The retail behemoth might not feel much pain from a hike, but some of its competitors would.

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The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.

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The Growth of College Grads in Dead-End Jobs

The rise of the baristas.

This Chart Blows Up the Myth of the Welfare Queen

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us the frugal reality of life on the social safety net.

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China's Air Pollution Is So Awful You Can See It From Space

NASA captures a 750-mile trail of haze on camera.

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McDonald's to Its Minimum-Wage Workers: Here's How to Tip Personal Trainers and Nannies

Will they never learn?

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Yep, Being a Young, American Adult Is a Financial Nightmare

Here are the graphs to prove it.

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A Shockingly High Number of Americans Experience Poverty

According to new research, almost 40 percent of adults experience impoverishment by age 60. But while poverty's reach is wide, it isn't necessarily deep.

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Food Stamps Are About to Get Cut by $5 Billion

Stimulus spending that boosted benefits runs out on November 1.

Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income

A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students.

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A Win For McJobs: Seattle's Mayoral Candidates Both Support a $15 Minimum Wage

A once crazy idea gets a little more mainstream.

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The States Where Women Make the Most (and Least) Compared to Men

The wage gap is a complicated issue, but here's a simple chart showing where it's most severe.

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Why the Poor Don't Work, According to the Poor

Few say it's because they can't find jobs. But is that a reason to take away their food stamps?

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44 Percent of Young College Grads Are Underemployed (and That's Good News)

Sure, the number sounds scary. But historically speaking, it's more normal than you think.

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Have We Passed Peak Car?

A new analysis suggests in the U.S., it may be true. Here's why you should still be skeptical.

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Do Unpaid Internships Lead to Jobs? Not for College Students

In an internship that doesn't pay? Get up and leave the office. You have nothing to lose. Literally. Nothing.

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How Congress Can Help Rust Belt Cities Attract (and Keep) High-Skill Immigrants

Shrinking cities are hoping immigrants will rebuild our their communities. Washington should gear policy to helping them.

The Worst Cities for College-Educated Women Trying to Find a Decent Date

Stay away from Sarasota, Florida.

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To Stay Relevant, Unions Jump Into the Medical Marijuana Business

They have very little to lose by trying to cultivate a new, more labor friendly industry, albeit a highly speculative and technically illegal one.