New research shows that after 20 years, Texas’s “Top 10 Percent” plan is a poor substitute for affirmative action.

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Women are told to negotiate. But research finds that’s not enough.

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Trade is now a top-tier concern for many U.S. voters, a new series of polls finds.

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A conversation with Dorothy Tucker, President of the National Association of Black Journalists

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Skills of the Trade: Asphalt Technologists Wanted

There are 2.2 million miles of roads and highways that criss-cross the United States. Chances are that you’ve never thought about the blacktop asphalt beneath your wheels as you drive across the country, the state or to your local grocery store.


They are the ones who will bear the brunt of the coronavirus recession.

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Labor provisions are an increasingly important feature in trade agreements. But do they work?

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Cities Rise and Fall

As one of the nation’s largest producers of steel, the city of Youngstown, Ohio, helped drive American prosperity in two of its most consequential eras — during the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century and after World War II, when the nation assumed its place as an economic and industrial superpower.


Low unemployment rates mask soft spots in the job market, especially among rural Americans and minorities.


Research finds same-day voter registration and vote by mail to be the most effective strategies. Robo-calls? Not so much.

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Anne Kim

I write about politics, economics, poverty and opportunity. Author of Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection, from the New Press.

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