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Actually, not much has changed about American economic mobility

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:10

There has been rare bipartisanship in Washington lately over the need to regain economic mobility in the United States. But a new study out of Harvard suggests those politicians are wrong – mobility hasn’t really changed much in the past few decades.
 
The study is part of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which is based on tens of millions of anonymous tax records. 

“The level of mobility throughout the past thirty or forty years or so has not been very high compared to most other developed countries,” says Harvard economist Raj Chetty, one of the co-authors of the study.

“We should be quite concerned about mobility in a society with a lot of inequality, because kids who don’t get a chance to move up in the income distribution are really getting left behind in today’s economy.”

And while his study found that mobility hasn’t changed much in the U.S., the rise of inequality is very much a concern. “If you’re born to a high income parent verses a low income parent, that’s going to generate a wider difference in your income level as a child today than it did 30 years ago, when we had a more equal society.”

The study found that geography mattered when it came to the rate of mobility – certain cities had more than others.

But Chetty says there’s still more research to be done: "We don’t know exactly what that secret sauce is."

Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 14:04

Less than two weeks after taking office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Critics contend he's ignoring the will of a majority of state voters who passed the ban in 2006.

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Snowden: Coming Home 'Not Possible' Under Whistle-Blower Laws

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:46

Current laws, Edward Snowden said in an Internet chat, mean he would not receive a fair trial. Unless they change, he will stay in exile, the former contractor for the National Security Agency said.

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Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:46

A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of 4-MEI –listed as a carcinogen in California — in popular sodas. The chemical is created during the manufacturing of caramel color used to dye sodas brown. Coke has reformulated its sodas to bring down levels, but Pepsi is still transitioning.

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Anelka denies FA 'quenelle' charge

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:34
West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka denies an FA charge brought against him for performing a 'quenelle' gesture.

Raised In The U.S. And Coming Out To Immigrant Parents

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:34

Latin American immigrants have different attitudes toward homosexuality than do their U.S.-born children, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Hagel orders nuclear forces review

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:32
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel orders a wide-ranging review of the nation's nuclear forces following a series of high-profile scandals.

Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:27

The data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. The rules around when a retailer is required to tell you that your data got into the hands of fraudsters vary state by state.

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Indian Village Elders Accused Of Ordering Gang Rape

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:22

A series of horrific cases have focused international attention on gang rapes in India. The latest case has a particularly sinister twist because it was allegedly punishment for a woman involved with a man from another community.

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Texas Issues Tough Rules For Insurance Navigators

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:14

The insurance commissioner in Texas has toughened regulations covering the workers helping people sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Texas officials say the regulations are needed to protect consumer privacy. Supporters of the health law say they're an attempt to thwart Obamacare.

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Man charged over MP Twitter messages

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:13
A man is charged over offensive messages sent on Twitter to Labour MP Stella Creasy.

VIDEO: Concrete incident closes tube

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:02
Part of the Victoria London Underground line has been suspended after wet concrete flooded a control room.

After 20 Years, Transgender Inmate Is A Step Closer To Surgery

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

Last week, a federal appeals court in Massachusetts ruled that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek has a right to gender reassignment surgery "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." State officials are weighing whether to keep fighting a battle that critics say has gone too far.

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At The Barricades In Kiev, A City Seethes

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

Robert Siegel interviews journalist David Stern, who reports from the barricades created by protesters in Kiev. He describes the scene, as well as what the protesters are demanding from the Ukrainian government.

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Weed Grows On The White House — And Many Americans, Too

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

Weed has grown on President Obama. In a recent New Yorker profile, he described marijuana as a bad habit, a personal vice but no more dangerous than alcohol. This marks a shift from the stance that he had once held and the position voiced previously by the U.S. drug czar. The president's current ambivalence on marijuana may mirror the feelings held by many Americans.

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Privacy Board Recommends Eliminating NSA Phone Record Program

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

A report released Thursday by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board recommends that the National Security Administration's bulk phone record program be eliminated. The report finds that not only is the program illegal, it's also ineffective. These findings come less than a week after President Obama called for keeping the program, but only after making some changes.

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China Sends 500 Million Users On An Internet Detour

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

For up to eight hours on Wednesday, some 500 million people in China could not get web pages to load. It was an outage of epic proportions, which immediately spawned chatter and headlines wondering what exactly happened. The working theory right now? Rather than blocking websites, as intended, Chinese Internet restrictions actually redirected users to those same sites. For more information on the outage, Melissa Block talks to New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth.

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New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 13:00

In his second week in the job, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages. Herring says he has concluded that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional.

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Barcelona president Rosell resigns

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 12:57
The president of Barcelona football club quits after a Spanish court decides to investigate last summer's signing of Brazil forward Neymar.

Jobs warning from Google's Schmidt

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 12:43
The jobs problem will define the next two to three decades, Google chairman Eric Schmidt says at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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