This Is How Gerrymandering Works

I first got interested in gerrymandering on that long-ago night in 2012 when President Obama was re-elected. By 10 PM, it was clear that Obama had won. The next morning, I took a closer look at the returns. I grew up, and currently live, in Harris County, Texas, which includes much of the Houston metropolitan…

Americans are dying sooner

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out its latest life expectancy and death rate numbers this morning, and the figures are pretty grim. The bottom line: “Life expectancy declined in the U.S. for the second consecutive year in 2016” from 78.7 years to 78.6 years, the CDC said. “This was the first time…

Detroit is back. But for whom?

Detroit is the darling of the national media. But can its comeback benefit longtime residents? That’s a defining question these days in Detroit, whose revival from bankruptcy just a few years ago is prompting difficult questions about whether the city’s rising tide can lift all. To be sure, any talk about revitalization must acknowledge there’s…