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The Numbers are Staggering: US is `World Leader' in Child Poverty (in "Developed" Countries)

Paul Buchheit; Max Fisher
The callousness of America's political and business leaders is shocking. A new report from UNICEF, on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations, turned up some alarming statistics about child poverty. More than one in five American children fall below a relative poverty line. The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries surveyed, above only Romania and below virtually all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. (The Washington Post)

Friday Nite Videos -- April 17, 2015

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The Jon Stewart Mysteries Presents. Amandla Stenberg: Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows. Do Federal Taxes Reduce Income Inequality? The Wanted 18: Movie Teaser. Jimmy Page: How Stairway to Heaven Was Written.

Do Federal Taxes Reduce Income Inequality?

Just how unequal is the U.S. before taxes? How much, or how little, does the tax code change that? David Wessel, Director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, explains.
 

Friday Nite Videos -- April 3, 2015

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The Next System Project. Wealth Inequality in America. George Carlin: How Does Our Economic System Work? Leonard Cohen -- Everybody Knows. Introducing Anti-Unionol.

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

Nicholas Fitz Scientific American
According to Pew Research, most Americans believe the economic system unfairly favors the wealthy, but 60% believe that most people can make it if they’re willing to work hard.

Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.
 
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