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Thanks to Bernie Sanders, we now know how many big corporations don’t pay taxes

Bernie Sanders asked federal accountants to tally up how many major corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes, and now we know the answer. On the stump, Sanders has been denouncing the special treatment that he says big firms get from the government. It's been a crucial part of his pitch to voters throughout his unexpectedly successful presidential...

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International Monetary Fund lowers forecast for global economy

Investors monitor displays of stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing on July 15. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP) The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday stepped up its warning of weakness in the global economy ahead of a gathering this week of the world’s top economic policymakers in Washington. The IMF said it anticipates the global economy will...

The problem with almost all movies

Rachel Orr / The Washington Post By now, most people have heard of “the Bechdel test.” To pass this famous three-part test, which measures whether female characters in a film are anything more than superficial, a movie has to (1) have at least two female characters (2) who talk to each other (3) about something other than a man. It seems like a pretty...

The most out-of-touch places in America

In his 2012 book "Coming Apart," conservative writer Charles Murray argues that America’s upper class has fallen out of touch with mainstream (white) culture. Murray calls this insular group “elites,” but a better term might be “fancy people.” Fancy people drink wine instead of cheap beer; they watch auteur shows like "Mad Men" and "True Detective."...

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