The protests in Baltimore gave fresh urgency to an old question: Can the underlying challenges of poverty ever be fixed? In one neighborhood, many say that change begins by seeing the situation differently – by looking at the people differently.
Wage gains have been a nagging no-show in a six-year-economic recovery. But the 8-cent hike in hourly wages for private-sector employees, reported Friday, marks a welcome change, as employers compete to find qualified workers.
Jeb Bush set up a massive super PAC that will go on autopilot the moment he declares his candidacy for 2016. Critics say it's a move that runs afoul of the spirit and even the letter of campaign finance laws.
To a considerable extent, Democrats and Republicans agree that ordinary Americans are financially strained and that the challenge merits attention. That basic consensus represents a significant step, some experts say.
The fact that Rahm Emanuel faced a runoff is a sign of the concern around how to handle big pension deficits. But old mind-sets about public-employee compensation are giving way to new economic and demographic realities.