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Top Read: The Democrats’ Catastrophe and the Need For a New Agenda

What, besides raising the minimum wage, do the Democrats propose to do about the shift in income from wages to profits, from labor to capital, from the 99 percent to the 1 percent?

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Top Read: Oxfam: Billionaires in the world double since global crisis began

In a world where hundreds of millions of people are living without access to clean water, says a new report from the global charity Oxfam, a small elite have more money than they could spend in several lifetimes.

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Top Read: The 0.01 Percent’s ‘I Reap All’ Accounts

Multi-millionaires and billionaires are shielding vast fortunes from taxation with monstrously huge IRAs.

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Top Read: Efforts to regulate CEO pay gain traction

The soaring pay of corporate chief executives is spurring efforts to pass laws to limit their compensation.

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Top Read: Plutocrats Against Democracy

American politicians don’t dare say outright that only the wealthy should have political rights — at least not yet. But if you follow the currents of thought now prevalent on the political right to their logical conclusion, that’s where you end up.

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Top Read: Does Inequality Cause Crime?

A new study in the Oxford Economic Papers investigated the connection between inequality and crime in the United States and found that higher rates of conspicuous consumption of the wealthy correlated with higher crime rates.

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Top Read: You Just Got ‘Richsplained’

Steve Siebold, a multi-millionaire and author of the book, How Rich People Think, “richsplains” to working Americans that they should stop complaining about inequality and instead take a lesson from the rich.

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Top Read: America a Great Place to Get Really, Really Rich

The United States, the latest stats show, has become lousy at moving people out of poverty. But the nation remains great at making a very few enormously wealthy.

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Top Read: Technology and Inequality

Is the creativity and productivity of places like Silicon Valley threatened by a future that favors the fortunes of the very rich over the ambitions of the many?

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Top Read: Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity

The Federal Reserve chair offers a stark summary of America’s increasingly unequal distribution of income and wealth.

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Top Read: Where Do the World’s Wealthiest People Live?

The United States hosts 62,800 affluents worth over $50 million in assets, nearly twice as many as the rest of world combined.

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Top Read: ‘Citizens United’ is turning more Americans into bystanders

Notes Public Citizen’s Robert Weissman: “It doesn’t balance it out if you have billionaire Republicans battling billionaire Democrats. You still have billionaires setting the agenda for the election.”

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Top Read: Olive Garden Execs Parachute Away

The nation’s largest full-service restaurant chain is sending three top executives off with $68 million while paying workers $2.13 per hour.

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Top Read: Congressman Urges Greater Transparency of University President Pay

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) sent a letter urging Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to include salaries of the president and top three personnel at each university in the department’s annual survey providing data on postsecondary education.

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Top Read: Rich Americans donating less to charity while middle class giving more

Americans earning at least $200,000 a year cut their charitable donations by 4.6 percent between 2006 and 2012. Americans earning less than $100,000 increased theirs by 4.5 percent during the same six-year span.

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Top Read: A $68M Farewell For Olive Garden Parent CEO And Two Execs

The outgoing CEO and two top executives of Darden Restaurants stand to receive a total of $68 million over the next two years. Meanwhile, tipped employees of Olive Garden receive $2.13 per hour.

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Top Read: Darden’s Golden Goodbyes

Restaurant colossus Darden, the owner of Olive Garden and a host of other chains, has just handed three departing top executives a going-away package worth an estimated $68 million. At least one fifth of Darden workers currently make no more than the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 per hour.

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Top Read: Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

In the early ’70s, 46 percent of Americans agreed that “most people can be trusted.” These days, those surveyed agreed with that statement just 33 percent of the time. Psychologists are pointing to rising inequality as the difference maker.

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Top Read: It’s the Inequality, Stupid

By calling attention to the “the wealthy few” who dominate modern America, new polling shows, candidates can swing elections decidedly their way.

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Top Read: Forbes 400 Set New Wealth Record

The combined wealth of the just-published Forbes’ 2014 ranking of the richest people in America has hit $2.29 trillion, up from $2.02 trillion in 2013 and the highest total ever.

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Top Read: Our Invisible Rich

Pundits sometimes wonder why American voters don’t care more about inequality; part of the answer is that they don’t realize how extreme it is.

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Top Read: The Rich Are Getting Richer, Part the Millionth

America’s top 1 percent captured 45 percent of the nation’s income gains during the Clinton growth years, 65 percent during the best economic years of the George W. Bush administration, and 95 percent in the Obama recovery from the Great Recession.

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Top Read: The Scourge of Siphon-Up Economics

The next time you hear the word “inequality,” remember that it’s not just about a gap in income or wealth. It’s about everything you hold near and dear.

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Top Read: The Mysteries of Inequality Are Only Mysterious to Elites

The government openly acts to ensure that wages don’t rise and also to protect Wall Street high flyers who managed to sink their banks with their bad bets.

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