The American health-care industry is becoming increasingly monopolized at all levels, helping drive up prices for medical care. One company controls 64 percent of the market for syringes; three companies control 86 percent of the market for IV solution; and two companies control 92 percent of dialysis clinics.
Since 2009, the American South has had the country’s slowest growth in economic output and wages, the lowest labor-force participation rate, and the highest unemployment rate. The South’s per capita income was just 71.6 percent of the Northeast’s in 2017.
The Wall Street Journal
The 12-month period from May 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019, was the wettest on record for the lower 48 states since the federal government began tracking such data in 1895. Large sections of the central U.S. are still flooded from recent torrential rains.
Nearly 3 million American students, most of them poor, do not have internet access in their homes, making it much more difficult to do homework. Another 17 percent of students do not have computers at home.
The New York City Police Department has officially apologized for the violent police raid 50 years ago on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. The angry backlash to that raid helped ignite the gay rights movement.
The New York Times