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What we're reading this week - April 29, 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Here's what Kat Aaron, What Went Wrong's project editor, was reading this week: Americans depend more on federal benefits than ever before, according to a story in USA Today. A record 18.3 percent of the nation's total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security, Medicare, food ...

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Fight over aid to local governments brews in Minnesota

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

A challenging financial environment has caused tension in states and cities over budgets. Sharon Rolenc of the Twin Cities Daily Planet reports on Minnesota's own struggle over competing views about allocation of resources in distributing state aid to local communities. LGA—-Local Government Aid—has been called government welfare, a dependency on ...

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Barlett and Steele chat live about the project

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Donald Barlett and James Steele are answering questions live online on Monday, April 18 at 1 p.m. at a live chat hosted by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Inquirer was the home for Barlett and Steele's original 1991 newspaper series, America: What Went Wrong. The paper and its website will run ...

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A new partnership with Philadelphia Inquirer

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The Investigative Reporting Workshop’s story on corporate taxes by Don Barlett and Jim Steele is also being published today in The Philadelphia Inquirer, where Don Barlett and Jim Steele worked for 27 years before joining Time and then Vanity Fair magazines. The Inquirer published the original America: What Went Wrong ...

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What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.


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Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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