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InfoGraphics: Coal is Not the Answer to Energy Poverty and Here’s Why

InfoGraphics: Coal is Not the Answer to Energy Poverty and Here’s Why
Worldwide, the coal industry is suffering as the demand for its product weakens in the face of a surge in clean, renewable energy options and a world that can no longer afford to continue to consume this dirty fossil fuel. Here's a series of fact-filled infographics that tell the real story about coal and energy poverty.
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MI's Flat Tax Debacle: Poor Pay More, No One Wins

MI's Flat Tax Debacle: Poor Pay More, No One Wins
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder promised everyone in his state lowering taxes on business (and conversely, raising them on the poor) would help the economy. The evidence is in: the economy is stagnant, and the poor hurting like never before.
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Into the Heart of Darkness: Obama Addresses ISIS, Ebola and Ukraine in UN Address (Video)

Into the Heart of Darkness: Obama Addresses ISIS, Ebola and Ukraine in UN Address (Video)
President Obama, in his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, cited "the cancer of violent extremism" in the Middle East as the single issue that could derail future global progress, and said six years into his presidency that the world is at a crossroads. He specifically called on Muslim communities in the region to confront the threat of extremism and reject such ideology.
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Austin's (Waistlines Are) Growing, but Use of Big Data, Detailed Map Technology Might Reverse the Trend

Austin's (Waistlines Are) Growing, but Use of Big Data, Detailed Map Technology Might Reverse the Trend
New mapping technology is helping Austin combat a growing youth obesity problem.
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Shutting Down the Shutoffs: Activists Fight Water Curbs in Detroit

Shutting Down the Shutoffs: Activists Fight Water Curbs in Detroit
Activists are stepping up the plate and fighting the Detroit water shutoffs.
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Hobroken: Data Shows Economic and Racial Segregation in NJ Charter Schools

Hobroken: Data Shows Economic and Racial Segregation in NJ Charter Schools
The local charter school cheerleaders may try to deny the obvious, but the evidence is quite clear: the three charter schools in Hoboken, New Jersey, do not serve nearly as many students in economic disadvantage as the public schools. It's pointless to argue otherwise because the evidence is quite clear and incontrovertible. But that hasn't stopped the local charter boosters from engaging in all sorts of mental gymnastics in an attempt to rationalize this segregation.
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Evidence that the Meritocracy is Made Up of Poor People

Evidence that the Meritocracy is Made Up of Poor People
Many wealthy Americans believe that dysfunctional behavior causes poverty. Their own success, they would insist, derives from good character and a strict work ethic. But they would be missing some of the facts. Ample evidence exists to show a correlation between wealth and unethical behavior, and between wealth and a lack of empathy for others, and between wealth and unproductiveness.
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Too Big to Care: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In 'Non-White' Areas

Too Big to Care: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In 'Non-White' Areas
Community groups stood together outside Minneapolis City Hall to accuse banks of continuing to “red-line” communities of color and refusing to refinance sub-prime mortgages from 2009-2012. “What the report shows very clearly is that big banks like Wells Fargo are redlining communities of color,” said Anthony Newby, executive director of NOC. “The report shows that redlining is alive and well, and in some ways it’s worse than it’s ever been.”
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Ahead of World Cup, Brazil Relocates More Than 15,000 Families

Ahead of World Cup, Brazil Relocates More Than 15,000 Families
Amnesty International Brazil says 19,200 families in and round Rio have been pushed out of their homes since 2009. An advocacy group for affected slum residents called the Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics estimates that 100,000 have or will be moved.
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Nearly Half of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Nearly Half of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Nearly half of all people in the United States face "persistent financial insecurity" and are forced to live paycheck to paycheck without the savings necessary to weather them through life problems that can be unavoidable — like a medical emergency or a broken car.
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