By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal
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Why Democrats Are Paying Attention to Piketty's Book on Inequality (Real News Network)
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Tom Ferguson suggests Democrats are using Capital in the 21st Century to strengthen their inequality narrative for the midterm elections.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong says that Piketty and his peers are defining today's debate and opening new opportunities to push back on inequality.
Fast-Food Protests Spread Overseas (NYT)
Steven Greenhouse reports on today's fast food strikes in 150 U.S. cities, the largest yet, and why the organizers are working to build support and influence abroad as well.
The Merits of Participatory Budgeting (AJAM)
Bringing citizens into the decision-making process for local spending empowers them, says Hollie Russon Gilman, and builds their connection to politics more generally.
Paul Ryan's Approach To Poverty Is Straight Out Of The 19th Century (HuffPo)
Arthur Delaney looks at the anti-handout models of fighting poverty from the 1800s, which don't make sense given modern data, and finds strong similarities to Rep. Ryan's views.
The Neediest Americans Are Getting The Least Government Assistance (ThinkProgress)
Bryce Covert looks at forthcoming research that shows that since 1975, social safety net spending has shifted away from the poorest Americans to those who are more well off.
New on Next New Deal
To push back against the constant barrage of bad news, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn shines a light on states that are taking proactive, positive steps on women's health.