FROM Alana Semuels
Raising taxes on the rich can remedy inequality. So why don’t we? Over half of Americans think raising taxes for the rich is a good idea. And historically, it’s proven to be a good way to remedy inequality. So why is the task of raising taxes so difficult? And what does history tell us about what it does and does not do?
Massachusetts Public Housing Residents Must Work or Risk Eviction In Worcester, Massachusetts a city program called A Better Life is supposed to transform the lives of people in public housing. But Ray Mariano, head of the Worcester Housing Authority, is not asking people to improve themselves, he's telling them to get a job, go to school or get out. Alana Semuels is a writer for the Atlantic magazine. Ray Mariano, head of the Worcester Housing Authority Photo by Alana Semuels / The Atlantic
University of Cincinnati Police Shooting Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man in Ohio, was pulled over by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing for a missing front license plate on his car. He was then shot and killed by the officer, who is now charged with murder. Tensing was arraigned today and pleaded not guilty. His bail was set at $1 million. The incident has drawn attention to the city, which has been hailed as a model for police reform after riots 14 years ago led to department-wide changes.
The Virtual World of Corporate America Second Life is virtual reality on the Internet, but some international corporations are going there to do real work. For getting middle managers together, it's a lot cheaper than plane tickets and hotel rooms. You don't even have to come as yourself. On a recent afternoon, 20 avatars appeared for a lecture on software development sponsored by Intel Corporation . Opening the event for the semiconductor giant was a half-man, half-lynx dressed in a tuxedo. That's according to a story in the Los Angeles Times by Alana Semuels.
California congressmen clash over Russian meddling Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.
James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.
Supermensch, Pi Day, farming at Tule Lake Segregation Center Shep Gordon discusses his move from managing musicians to star chefs, and Lisa Morehouse reports on the role compulsory farming played for Japanese-American internees at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. In honor of Pi Day, Dan Pashman debates Evan over the particulars of pie, and Yasmin Khan shares a saffron rice recipe for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Plus: Kohlrabi is in season now at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.