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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.

How to Predict Personal Wealth

It helps to be older. Also, white.

America's Immigrants Are Moving to the Suburbs

They're drawn there for the same reasons the rest of us are--affordability, jobs, and schools.

There's a Biking Gender Gap. And It Has a Real Economic Impact.

What's being done to shift gears.

Why the Millennials Who Left Michigan During a Brain Drain Are Moving Back

They left Michigan with the brain drain. But now, these three Michiganders are bucking the trend and returning to their home state.

California Struggles to Lift All Boats as Economy Improves

New state Senate president pro tempore urges immigration reform, lifting affirmative action ban and aggressively promoting bilingual education.

Meet the Few African-American Owners in D.C.'s Bar Boom

Still behind in the gentrification game in Washington, H Street Northeast is a good place for African-Americans to open bars.

The New Face of the Marijuana Movement

It isn't about drugs. It's about justice.

High School Graduation Rates Are at an All-Time High, Especially for Latino Students

Education advocates cite decades of intervention as the primary cause, but recession could also be a contributing factor. 

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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.