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White House Sees Pre-K and Free Community College as Bipartisan Issues With Potential

Cecilia Muñoz, director of the Domestic Policy Council, points to opportunities for across-the-aisle collaboration.

723,000 People on Minimum Wage Just Got a Raise in Los Angeles

Young Latino men in low-paying jobs are most likely to see an impact by 2020.

Asians, Blacks and Latinos Mixing Up White Areas

People in those groups likely to live in neighborhoods that are one-third white.

Black Workers Could Save Dying Unions

The South might be the perfect place for unions and black workers to save each other.

Justice Department Scores Goal With Latino Soccer Fandom

The fastest-growing demographic in the U.S. is paying attention to those FIFA indictments.

Why Old White People Dominate Small Businesses

The concentration of wealth among older households stifles entrepreneurship among the young and minorities. 

Women of Color 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.

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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.