Weekly Round-Up

What’s the Solution to Middle-Class Stagnation?

“Economists have considered the implications of building more housing, raising taxes on the rich, expanding unions, and reducing social safety nets. Is there an answer we haven’t considered yet?” – Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

The Eviction Economy

“America stands alone among wealthy democracies in the depth and expanse of its poverty. Ask most politicians what we should do about this, and they will answer by calling for more and better jobs… But jobs are only part of the solution because poverty is not just a product of joblessness and low wages. It is also a product of exploitation.” – Matthew Desmond, The New York Times

Why the Poor Pay More for Toilet Paper

“The world, in fact, is full of opportunities to save money — if you just have enough money to access them.” – Emily Badger, The Washington Post

Marriage Will Not Fix Poverty

“For years, conservatives have been saying that wedlock is a ticket out of destitution. So why are so many married people poor?” – Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic


Weekly Round-Up

President Obama decides to ban the controversial practice of placing juveniles in solitary confinement in federal prisons, citing lasting negative psychological effects.

Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles (NYT)

The federal government recognized, for the first time, that many maternal mental illnesses begin during pregnancy and that routine screenings during visits with the doctor can lead to better postpartum health for both the mother and the child.

Depression Screening Before and After Pregnancy (NYT)

The Supreme Court ruled with a 6-3 majority that its 2012 decision banning life imprisonment sentences without the possibility of parole to juveniles convicted of murder need be applied retroactively. Hundreds of inmates sentenced as juveniles could now be considered for release.

Expansion of Parole Rights for Juvenile Offenders

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, recently made waves when he posted a photo to Facebook asking which of his trademark grey hoodies he should wear on his first day back in the office. Vogue tackles how Zuckerberg’s high profile paternity leave could spell major changes in tech industry maternity policies moving forward.

Why Mark Zuckerberg’s Paternity Leave is Good for Dads and Moms

The CDC recently released an infographic attempting to warn of the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant or attempting to become pregnant. Instead they have managed to imply that unless on birth control, alcohol can lead to a multitude of issues that only pertain to women.

No Alcohol for Sexually Active Women Without Birth Control, C.D.C. Recommends

Any other stories you think we missed? Post links in the comments and we’ll check them out! Till’ next week policy peeps, stay nerdy.