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Minority Women Drive Business Startup Growth

Female entrepreneurs are launching more businesses, with nonwhite women contributing more than half of that growth last year.

You Need to Work 50 Hours A Week to Stay Out of Poverty on Minimum Wage

A new study puts the U.S. near the bottom of countries that have a minimum wage.

Will Graduate School Make You Rich?

A study says people with advanced degrees are wealthier than the rest of us—but it's not clear why. 

Which Is the Better Populist Message: Class Mobility or Income Inequality?

According to a new poll, Americans care more about advancing the middle and working classes than closing the income gap.

Obama Gives Rare Glimpse Into His Post-Presidency Plans

As Baltimore reels after the death of Freddie Gray, the president says he wants to help struggling communities when he leaves the White House.

The Recession Isn't Over For Many Families

The number of households with at least one unemployed person is still higher than before the Great Recession.

Chris Rock on Major League Baseball's Race Problem

"I'm an endangered species: a black baseball fan."

Obama's Recent Bold Actions Shape the Contest for 2016

The verdict on Obama unbound will pivot on whether his initiatives improve or diminish the chances of a Democrat succeeding him in 2016.

Jeb Bush's 2016 Move Fuels Democratic Debate

If he captures the GOP nomination—and a share of the minority vote—Democrats will urgently need to boost their appeal among whites.

This Bakery Trains Wounded Veterans in the Art of Pastries and Business

Dog Tag Bakery, a new Georgetown bakery, is home to a work-study program that's the first of its kind.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.