An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.
One day after an Israeli airstrike killed three of its senior military leaders, Hamas says it has killed more than a dozen people it believes were spying for Israel.
The white trucks, which Moscow says are carrying only humanitarian aid, have been held up at the border for more than a week over fears they could be a ruse to resupply separatists.
The rent’s too damn high. You hear that from Los Angeles to New York. A new report from the real estate website Zillow says the median rent in July for a condo, single family home or co-op was $1,318 per month.
Part of the problem?
“Rents really never had that reset that we saw in home values,” says Svenja Gudell, a housing economist at Zillow. Demand increased after the housing bubble burst, she says, because many people lost their homes to foreclosure and had to rent.
That increased demand has pushed rents up 2 to 5 percent a year, Gudell says, “and incomes haven’t kept up with that growth.”
Zillow says if you compare the national median gross income and median rent, people signing a lease in June paid almost a third of their income to their landlords.
In some places, it’s worse.
“Right now we have over 900,000 very low income households in Florida that are all paying more than half of their income for housing,” says Jaimie Ross, president of the Florida Housing Coalition.
Ross says they’re just one step away from homelessness.
Cities with the most unaffordable rent
Map created using data from Zillow research, showing U.S. cities with the highest share of income needed to afford median rent prices. (Graphic by Shea Huffman/Marketplace)
For years now, newspapers and magazines have been dealing with a decline in advertising, including a drop in political advertising. There is an exception to that, however. Candidates still see value in periodicals that serve specific communities, including Spanish speakers and African-Americans.
“I think that many campaigns consider these as relatively inexpensive ways of reaching people that they may not be able to reach otherwise,” says Felipe Korzenny, who heads the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University.
That makes these newspapers popular with local candidates, and no-brainers for national candidates who get a lot of bang for their buck.
“Newspaper advertising budgets are a rounding era in campaign budgets,” says Ken Goldstein, an expert on election ads at the University of San Francisco. Still, many newspapers are not eager to leave any money on the table, and they play up their ability to help advertisers target specific segments of the population.
“In some ways, newspapers were the Internet before the Internet was the Internet,” Goldstein says. In a way, micro-targeting, which is in vogue right now, started with these smaller print publications.
Chicago Defender publisher Cheryl Mainor is the first woman to run the paper in its 109-year history. The Defender, she says, continues to have a loyal readership among African-Americans in Chicago and around the country.
“We have been able to stand where others who are more generalized have fallen,” Mainor says.
The newspaper has covered and engaged with local politics from the very beginning. It was founded during the Great Migration, and Mainor says she expects there will be “a significant amount of political advertising” ahead of city elections in the spring. Aldermen see the paper as a way to reach their constituents, and state and national politicians know it is a way to reach specific voters — something that is hard to do with TV ads.
“When you place an ad in the publication that they read, that they trust, that they respect, and you’re asking them for their vote, now you’re actually talking to them,” Mainor says.
According to media analyst Ken Doctor, with Newsonomics, papers like the Defender are attractive for another reason. Campaigns spend a lot of time going after undecided voters, “but that voter who has made up his or her mind, but is not yet sure they are going to the polls, is equally important — mathematically equally important.”
And part of mission of the Chicago Defender has been, and continues to be, to get its readers to vote.
The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, the Government Accountability Office says.