How inequality makes our government corrupt and our democracy weak

If we want a functioning democracy, we need to pay for a functioning public sector. (The Washington Post)

On his way to an early retirement from Congress later this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has asked for a housing subsidy for members of Congress. “I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C.,” he said. Chaffetz showed no indication that he cared about affordable housing when he chaired the committee that oversees the District of Columbia, and he recently mused that if families can’t afford health insurance, maybe they shouldn’t buy new iPhones; he deserves no sympathy.
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Pelosi’s Pity Problem

It’s time for the Democratic leader to step aside. (Huffington Post)

On Tuesday, the Democrats lost a seat in a Georgia special election they were desperate to win. Following Democrat Jon Ossoff’s defeat ― and Democratic losses in four other special elections since Donald Trump became president ― calls are ramping up for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to step aside.
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America’s Amazon Problem

Jeff Bezos has created an empire that’s quickly raising political questions. (Huffington Post)

To understand the depth and breadth of Jeff Bezos’ ambitions for the company he built, type into your browser. The domain Bezos registered in 1994 will redirect to Amazon, the company aptly, and ambitiously, nicknamed The Everything Store. He tells his shareholders that the company will act like an aggressive startup — that at Amazon, it is always Day One.
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