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Elahe Izadi

The Complex Life of Border Towns

For residents in Eagle Pass and other nearby towns, the border is not a political football but a daily reality. 

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Why Is Starbucks So Expensive in China?

And why do people go there anyway? The culture and economics of drinking lattes in China.

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Overdrive: How America's Amazing Car Recovery Explains the Economy

What does it mean that one of the country's most iconic and fast-growing industries doesn't need American workers to work?

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Why the Size of Your City's Middle Class Matters Even if You're Not In It

Metros with large middle classes also have the most upward mobility for the poor.

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Why Today's Start-Ups Are Choosing Urban Lofts Over Suburban Office Parks

Today's high tech companies are flocking to downtowns across the country.

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The Myth of Part-Time America

The specter is a scare story that works better as a scare than a story.

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Mapping Where You're More Likely to Get Price-Gouged By a Hospital

American hospitals that provide high-quality, affordable treatment tend to hail from the heartland, according to a new visualization.

Reuters

The High Cost of Not Having Enough

More on poverty and cognitive bandwidth.

James Fallows

Why Local Money Matters

In an age of globalized companies and relentless focus on "shareholder value," a reminder of what local ownership can mean.

Reuters

For Sale: 3-Bedroom, Comes With EU Residency Permit

Non-Europeans seeking a fast-track route to the EU have a new option – buying cheap Southern European property.

Reuters

One Town Successfully Hides Its Neglect With Fake, Lively 'Storefronts'

Bushmills covered up its abandoned buildings with happier scenes. And apparently, it's working.

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Zara Matheson

Where Wages Have Grown the Most (and Least) Since the Recovery

A look at the U.S. cities where salaries are rising the fastest.

Reuters

Life on Minimum Wage Around the World

Stories of workers who survive on difficult work and little money.

Reuters

Over 50 Percent of Food Stamp Recipients Live in the Suburbs

Meet the new geography of poverty.

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What Gives American Factories Their Competitive Edge: They're Easy to Close

U.S. workers: Cheap to hire, easy to fire.

Reuters

Why the Fast-Food Worker Strikes Are Doomed

Even if you're rooting for food service workers to have much higher wages.

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These States Are Going to Become Green Energy Powerhouses

Wyoming and New Mexico are primed to become major exporters of wind power; solar power is going to take over California.

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How Poverty Taxes the Brain

Scientists have discovered that being poor actually impairs our cognitive abilities.