Danielle Kurtzleben

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Shrinking Paychecks: Hillary Clinton Takes On 2016's Toughest Economic Question

Monday, July 13, 2015

In a Monday speech, Hillary Clinton focused on a trend that millions of Americans know all too intimately: declining incomes.

The Clinton campaign is calling the phenomenon of stagnant wages "the defining economic challenge of our time," and as debates and primaries draw ever closer, it's becoming clear that jump-starting ...

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Fact Check: 36 Percent Or Not? Inside Jeb Bush's Tax Math

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Jeb Bush released more tax returns than any other presidential candidate in history. Over 33 years, the former Florida governor's campaign said he paid an average effective tax rate of 36 percent.

... depending on how you calculate it.

That's a confusing number, and it obscures three decades in which ...

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#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Friday, July 03, 2015

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, ...

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MAP: Lethal Injection By Far The Most Popular Execution Method In U.S.

Monday, June 29, 2015

States may continue using a popular but controversial drug in lethal injection executions, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-4 decision.

In Glossip et al. v. Gross et al., the question was whether or not to allow states to use midazolam, a drug used to render inmates ...

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Map: Here's How Same-Sex Marriage Laws Will Now Change Nationwide

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Supreme Court has decided that state same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

In a set of cases grouped under Obergefell v. Hodges, the high court ruled, 5-4, that states have to license same-sex marriages, as well as recognize same-sex marriages from other states. All ...

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Maps: What The Supreme Court's Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Could Mean

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court could decide the fate of millions of same-sex couples nationwide. In a ruling covering four cases, the court will determine whether states can prohibit same-sex marriage, as 13 states currently do.

It's always tough to predict how the court will rule but, broadly ...

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What If The Supreme Court Had Gone The Other Way On Obamacare?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This post was updated at 12:15 p.m. ET to reflect the Supreme Court's ruling.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state-based subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are legal. A different decision could have affected the health care of millions of Americans. In King v. Burwell, the court chose to ...

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Fact Check: Could Jeb Bush Really Grow GDP At 4 Percent? It's Hard To See How

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy announcement this week, after months of campaigning, came as no surprise. One small surprise that did pop up in his remarks, however, was a lofty goal he has set for himself as president — to grow the economy at a 4 percent rate if he's elected.

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Why Obama Has His Work Cut Out For Him On Getting Trade Votes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Obama administration finds itself in the rare position of fighting alongside House Republicans this week as it tries to overcome Friday's stinging defeat to its massive trade package, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The defeat came when Speaker John Boehner split the president's agenda that passed the Senate in May into ...

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'Religious Nones' Are Growing Quickly. Should Republicans Worry?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jenny Schulz isn't religious.

"I see religion as something really personal," said Schulz, 26, who works at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. "So the fact that it is a requirement in politics always seems unusual to me."

She said she "oscillates between atheist and agnostic," but she knows it could ...

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Bros Before What? Lindsey Graham Would Be Third Bachelor Elected President

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Joe Biden couldn't help dropping an f-bomb when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. Obama knew he would have "more flexibility" in his dealings with Russia after he was reelected. And back in 2010, Carly Fiorina didn't like Barbara Boxer's hairstyle.

Those are just a few ...

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Jeb Bush And Florida's 'Scarlet Letter Law,' Explained

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Imagine publishing a list of all of your recent sexual partners in the local paper. That was what one 2001 Florida law, enacted under then-Gov. Jeb Bush, required of some women in the state.

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett brought the so-called Scarlet Letter law to national attention in ...

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Here's How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers' Overtime Eligibility

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

President Obama is once again poised to go it alone on labor policy, this time on overtime. The Labor Department is expected in the coming weeks to release a rule making millions more Americans eligible for overtime work — currently, all workers earning below $455 a week, or $23,660 a ...

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The Battles Of A Civil War Re-Enactress

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

When J.R. Hardman, 28, asked to join a group of Civil War re-enactors in a military drill a few years ago, the unit commander said no dice.

Hardman was willing to wear the wool uniform, carry the gear, load the muskets, eat the hardtack, but the brass still said no.

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Under Perry, Texas Added Jobs At Nearly Four Times The National Rate

Sunday, June 07, 2015

On Friday, the Labor Department announced that the economy added 280,000 jobs in May — a strong figure, and a much faster rate than economists expected.

Now imagine that in your state, job creation was nearly four times that fast.

That's what GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry can claim for ...

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Why Political Campaigns Are Raising Money Faster Than Tech Startups

Friday, June 05, 2015

It's the early presidential campaign season, and candidates are loudly courting voters in high-profile appearances nationwide. But in quiet, closed-press fundraisers, they're also asking well-heeled elites for the cash to keep campaigning. That cash grab is so fast-paced, it would make even hot Silicon Valley startups jealous.

A report ...

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Downgrade: How State Credit Ratings Could Impact The 2016 Race

Thursday, June 04, 2015

In the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Rick Perry is getting in Thursday, and both Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal have announced that they have announcements to make.

All three have a statistic in their arsenal that almost no other candidate in the race can boast: while they were ...

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Americans Say They Want The Patriot Act Renewed ... But Do They, Really?

Monday, June 01, 2015

A new poll says Americans want NSA data collection renewed. Yet another recent survey says Americans want better controls on what kind of data the government can collect. What's going on?

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The Bernie Sanders 'Rape Fantasy' Essay, Explained

Friday, May 29, 2015

Mother Jones dug up a 1972 essay that Bernie Sanders wrote for the Vermont Freeman, an alternative newspaper. The article, called, "Man-and-Woman," is a commentary on gender roles. But it's also caused a stir, as is bound to happen anytime a candidate mentions rape.

If you haven't been following ...

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The Math Problem Behind Ranking The Top 10 GOP Candidates

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sixteen presidential candidates talking over each other doesn't sound much like good TV. CNN and Fox News know this, so when they air their Republican debates later this year, they'll both limit the field to 10 candidates.

Both networks will use polling data to limit the field to only the ...

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