US spends twice as much on tax break for rich as on rent for the poorest

The US government spends more than twice as much subsidizing the tax break for affluent homeowners, who would most likely be able to afford their homes anyway, as it does on helping the poorest families pay rent  and avoid homelessness – $60.1bn versus $29.9bn in 2015. As Congress tackles tax reform, advocates and economists of all political stripes are appealing for the tax break to be addressed, but the chances of that are uncertain.

Trump’s true priorities revealed in holiday news dumps

In the week that followed, Trump kept giving his members new reasons to  celebrate. While cable news fixated on how much he was golfing –  his political appointees back in Washington worked overtime to deconstruct the administrative state, eviscerate several of Barack Obama’s signature achievements and roll back significant environmental protections. Like Richard Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell said, watch what they do — not just what they say. Trump campaigned like a populist. Now more than ever, he’s governing like a plutocrat.

An explosive U.N. report shows America’s safety net was failing before Trump’s election

A new United Nations report is getting plenty of national media attention for predicting President Trump will exacerbate hardships for America's poor by weakening the nation's safety net. Among countries in the developed world, the report says, America already  has the highest rates of youth poverty, infant mortality, incarceration, income inequality and obesity.

A stunning indictment of the U.S. health-care system, in one chart

One quarter of American adults say they or a family member has put off
treatment for a serious medical condition because of cost, according to data released this week by Gallup. That number is the highest it’s been in nearly three decades of Gallup polling. The report also shows a growing income gap in cost-related delays.