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Soaring wealth during pandemic highlights rising inequality

Soaring wealth during pandemic highlights rising inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' household wealth rebounded last quarter to a record high as the stock market quickly recovered from a pandemic-induced plunge in March. Yet the gains flowed mainly to the most affluent households even as tens of millions of people endured job losses and shrunken incomes.
The Federal Reserve sai ... (full story)


Fear of bankruptcy holds too many people back

The mystery isn't why so many people file for bankruptcy each year. It's why more people don't.
Each year, only a fraction of the Americans who could benefit financially from bankruptcy actually seek relief. Economists say some don't file because collectors aren't aggressively pursuing them, while others may strategically delay ... (full story)


Local


Four steps to appointing a Supreme Court justice

(THE CONVERSATION) Editor's note: This article was published in 2016 explaining Republican opposition to replacing Justice Antonin Scalia. Please read our updated version about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
With the unexpected death of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this weekend, the political battle lines hav ... (full story)


Charlie Hebdo shootings served as an extreme example of the history of attacks on satirists

(THE CONVERSATION) As the trial of alleged accomplices to the attack on Charlie Hebdo recently got underway in Paris, the magazine republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed.
It was a defiant act. The same images were cited as the grievance that led two killers to shoot dead 12 people at the magazine's offices in a terror ... (full story)


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Trump's Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north

Trump's Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north

COLUMBUS (AP) — Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald Trump in her suburban Dayton district.
"It hasn't ebbed. It's crashed," said Lehner, who is not seeking reelection in the district of working-class and white-collar communi ... (full story)


House speaker's 'Boy Scout' reputation comes with murky past

House speaker's 'Boy Scout' reputation comes with murky past

COLUMBUS (AP) — There were some whispers among the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill.
But Cupp, who has served in all three branches of state ... (full story)