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Connecticut ranks high in income inequality

Overshadowed by last week’s Congressional Budget Office report on the soaring incomes of America’s wealthy was another federal study measuring income inequality at the state level–and it found Connecticut among seven states where the inequality is higher than in the country as a whole by all three standards applied (.pdf). Based on data from five […]

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Newspaper endorsements and elections

Newspaper editorial boards that once overwhelmingly backed Republican presidential candidates have become more likely to endorse Democrats in recent elections, Micah Cohen notes at FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s political blog for the New York Times. Looking at elections going back to 1972, Cohen found Democrats won a majority of daily newspaper endorsements in only three of […]

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CBO: Incomes of top 1% nearly tripled since 1979

The after-tax incomes of the wealthiest 1 percent of American households grew by 275 percent between 1979 and 2007, according to a new report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. For the rest of the nation’s top earners–the 81st through 99th percentiles–inflation-adjusted incomes rode by 65 percent in the same period. The bottom 20 percent […]

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Group rates Connecticut in top 10 for energy efficiency

A group that promotes energy efficiency has rated Connecticut No. 8 in its annual assessment of states’ progress toward adopting and implementing various energy-efficiency policies and programs. The non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy cited, among other things, the energy efficiency programs run by state utilities in its ranking. The state was ranked No. […]

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Skeptical climate scientists concede Earth has warmed

A group of scientists known for their skepticism about climate change has concluded that there is valid evidence that the Earth is getting warmer, Michael Marshall reports at NewScientist. After reanalyzing two centuries’ worth of global temperature records, the scientists concluded that their questions about the accuracy of the data “do not significantly change the […]

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Where has global warming gone?

In 2008, both Barack Obama and John McCain warned about man-made global warming, Elizabeth Rosenthal notes in the New York Times Magazine, and once elected Obama promised “a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change.” Today, most Republican presidential candidates seem to agree with Texas Gov. Rick Perry that “the science is not settled” […]