Another baby born with H.I.V. and treated with drugs shortly after birth is now 9 months old and apparently H.I.V.-negative. The success of the treatment raises hopes for a path to rid babies of the virus that causes AIDS.
3 Studies: Poverty Is Toxic to Childhood Learning
No one doubts that poverty harms children’s ability to learn in myriad ways, from causing a child to go to school hungry and tired, to making unavailable the resources a child needs to do homework, to living in dangerous neighborhoods or households where domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse distract from schoolwork and may even prevent a child from going to school regularly.
Marilyn Monroe . “Bel-Air Hotel Workout” . photo by Andre de Dienes . 1952
Look, there are lots of things to love about the South. It’s clean and quiet. There’s delicious food, good people and often amazing weather. But that’s exactly why it makes us so sad to think about all the ways in which the region is struggling today…
Look, there are lots of things to love about the South. It’s clean and quiet. There’s delicious food, good people and often amazing weather. But that’s exactly why it makes us so sad to think about all the ways in which the region is struggling today.
First off, poverty rates are a lot higher in the South.
In fact, as many as one in four southern kids lives in poverty, compared to the national average of one in five.
In the map above, red shading indicates a poverty rates between 17.9 and 22.8 percent. Orange indicates 15.9 to 17.8 percent; light orange, 12.2-15.8 percent; pale yellow, 9 to 12.1 percent. As you can see, there’s a lot of high-poverty red in the south.
And minimum wages are much lower.
Source: Department Of Labor
Virtually no southern states, with the exception of Florida, have a minimum wage higher than the federal floor of $7.25 an hour. Many southern states do have relatively low living costs. But they are not dramatically lower than costs of living in other states, such as Ohio and Missouri, that have set minimum wages at least slightly higher than the national limit. The southern states are doing the absolute minimum for their poorest citizens by keeping the minimum wage at the lowest levels possible.
And people living in the South are a lot less likely to move up the economic ladder.
Source: Equality Of Opportunity Project
If you want to achieve the American Dream, don’t move to the South. That’s because states in the South have extremely low levels of economic mobility. In the map above, pale yellow represents places with higher mobility, while red indicates low mobility.
Many living in poverty in the South are being denied access to affordable health care.
Source: Urban Institute
States that didn’t choose to expand Medicaid under Obamacare are highlighted in lighter gray.
…which is costing these states a ton of money.
Source: The Huffington Post
This map shows how much money the 19 states that rejected Medicaid expansion will lose by 2022 as a result of doing so (assuming all other states participate).
This is particularly troubling because the South has several health crises on its hands. Like obesity.
Obesity rates are too high across the U.S. But they’re particularly high in the South.
Southern states also have a higher percentage of cigarette smokers.
Source: The Huffington Post
Most southern states have a higher percentage of smokers than anywhere else in the country. Incidentally, most southern states have relatively low taxes on cigarettes.
And a much higher rate of teen births.
Source: Zara Matheson + Atlantic Cities
The map plots birth rates among women ages 15 to 19. In states shaded dark blue, there are more than 50 births per 1,000 teenage women.
Perhaps all this is why some southern states are among the least happy states in the country.
That’s according to Gallup’s recent “State of American Well-Being” report, which surveyed thousands of Americans and ranked states based on an average of six measures: “life evaluation,” emotional health, physical health, healthy behaviors, work environment and basic access to things like food, water and shelter.
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 2:33 PM EST
A shouting match erupted in a South Florida neighborhood after two homeowners decided to display icons of hate on their property.
The men behind the flags associated with the Ku Klux Klan have said they are simply exercising their First Amendment rights, but so are some neighbors who screamed in anger about the flags. “You are a racist pig!” shouted Susan Wantz. “That flag represents that you are a racist pig!”
"I don’t care about other people’s opinion," said Kelsey Hayes.
Hayes owns one of two homes in a West Boca Raton neighborhood that has flags associated with the Ku Klux Klan in their front yards.
2014, yall. Florida. American racism. Lynch law. White supremacy.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s First Press Conference - March 6, 1933
On March 6, 1933 Eleanor Roosevelt held the first of her 348 women’s only press conferences. Before this time, First Ladies had little contact with reporters. Eleanor recognized that holding regular conferences could enhance the public role of the First Lady - a role she transformed during her 12 years in the White House.
About 35 women attended Eleanor’s first press conference which was held in the Monroe Room on the second floor of the living quarters in the White House. The press conferences were attended by the major female reporters of the day - including Lorena Hickok, Ruby Black, Bess Furman, May Craig, Emma Bugbee and Martha Stayer.
Eleanor used these press conferences as a way to not only announce her schedule of activities but also as a platform to publicize the work of women leaders, answer her critics, and entertain questions on a variety of subjects. Topics covered everything from domestic issues like social programs, race, youth activism, etc. to international politics and the role of women in war and peace.
Now, Americans say the freedom to marry should be extended to same-sex couples because the U.S. Constitution protects it.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia won’t like this at all.
A new ABC News/ Washington Post poll reveals that not only do six out of ten Americans (59 percent — the highest ever recorded) now support the right of same-sex couples to marry, but a solid 50 percent believe that right to marry is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Let’s do that again.
Fifty-percent of Americans believe the right of same-sex couples to marry is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
This is new.
Before, we saw public support for marriage equality skyrocket, but not necessarily as a constitutionally protected issue. Now, Americans say the freedom to marry should be extended to same-sex couples because the U.S. Constitution protects it.
Talking Points Memo notes also that “the poll found that a large majority of Americans — 81 percent — said businesses shouldn’t be allowed to refuse service to gays. Sixty-five percent said they believe service still shouldn’t be refused to gays even if homosexuality violates the business owners’ religious beliefs.”
Who got cut, and who got an increase in the Obama proposed budget.
“If you say that there are elephants flying in the sky, people are not going to believe you. But if you say that there are four hundred and twenty-five elephants flying in the sky, people will probably believe you.”
Happy birthday, Gabriel García Márquez, who is eighty-six today.