Amazon’s former HQ2 location is doing just fine without Amazon

Amazon’s former HQ2 location is doing just fine without Amazon

Long Island City may have lost the e-commerce giant, but it got plenty of real estate advertising. Looking at the real estate market in Long Island City right now, you’d never know the Queens neighborhood is just a few months post breakup with one of the most valuable tech companies in the world. Back in November of last year, after a 14-month long courtship, the e-commerce giant Amazon had declared its love for Long Island…

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The 2020 US Census will not include a citizenship question

The 2020 US Census will not include a citizenship question

It’s a major win for Democrats and activists. In a major win for Democrats and activists — and disappointment for President Donald Trump — the US Census will not include a citizenship question the next time it is conducted in 2020. This decision, announced by former Obama White House counsel Daniel Jacobson on Tuesday, comes in the wake of a Supreme Court decision last week, which temporarily barred the addition of a citizenship question, noting…

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There’s a huge debate over how the very poorest are doing. There’s no debate about whether food stamps help them.

There’s a huge debate over how the very poorest are doing. There’s no debate about whether food stamps help them.

Researchers argue that food stamps can arrest a falling “floor” of living standards. There’s a huge debate among scholars who study the lives of the very poorest about just how many very poor people there are in America. Some researchers, using survey data, estimate there is a large and growing portion of Americans living on less than $2 day — in other words, in truly extreme poverty. Other researchers have made a strong claim that…

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The new Oklahoma! is a sexy, shocking revival for our times

The new Oklahoma! is a sexy, shocking revival for our times

This isn’t like your high school production. It’s much darker. If you were paying attention to this year’s otherwise lackluster Tony Awards, you might have noticed the tremendous amount of love for the new revival of Oklahoma! at Circle in the Square. The production became an immediate sensation when it premiered off Broadway last fall. When it opened on Broadway, it promptly sold out and then extended its run into 2020, made director Daniel Fish…

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A $15 federal minimum wage won’t cost Americans jobs, new study says

A $15 federal minimum wage won’t cost Americans jobs, new study says

Here’s what might happen if Congress doubles the minimum wage. The first study analyzing the effects of a $15 federal minimum wage is out: Its impact on inequality could be huge — while its impact on job loss is likely small to none. More importantly, doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 would also likely boost incomes for the poorest households in rural counties, according to a white paper released Tuesday…

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Violent protests erupt in Israel over police shooting of unarmed Ethiopian teen

Violent protests erupt in Israel over police shooting of unarmed Ethiopian teen

Israel’s Ethiopian community has long experienced discrimination. Israel is currently being consumed by violent protests over the killing of an unarmed Ethiopian Israeli teen, leading to turned-over cars, burning tires, and even a few injuries. An off-duty police officer killed 19-year-old Solomon Tekah on Sunday after the bullet he shot at the ground bounced up and mortally wounded the teenager. While the cop may be charged with negligent homicide, it’s clearly not enough for the…

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Senate Republicans are extremely annoyed with Trump over Huawei concessions

Senate Republicans are extremely annoyed with Trump over Huawei concessions

They see Trump’s move as undercutting national security concerns in exchange for a potential trade deal. Senate Republicans have broken with Trump just a handful of times, but they could be poised to do so yet again. The latest tension is yet another tied to US trade policy: the rollback of restrictions toward Chinese telecom giant Huawei. In order to secure commitments from China regarding a potential trade deal, Trump announced over the weekend that…

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Can Elizabeth Warren build a bigger welfare state without taxing the middle class?

Can Elizabeth Warren build a bigger welfare state without taxing the middle class?

It’s hard to build a Nordic welfare state on the backs of the rich alone. During the second night of the first Democratic debate, moderator Savannah Guthrie asked Bernie Sanders a pointed question: “My question to you is, will taxes go up for the middle class in a Sanders administration? And if so, how do you sell that to voters?” The Vermont senator defended his plans in his typical populist way, saying, “Health care in…

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