In this issue, we turn our attention to that part of America that has suffered the most—the bottom 40 percent. We have assembled the brightest thinkers in the asset-building field to envision a new economic agenda for low- and middle-income households. Our symposium breaks new ground in looking beyond traditional anti-poverty programs and foregrounding the importance of savings and assets.
Next: Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, two of Washington’s most esteemed thinkers, take a look ahead to the election—and beyond. William Galston, one of our editorial committee members, has an important essay on establishing a system for long-term care of the elderly. And Kent Greenfield, law professor at Boston College, offers a bold new way for progressives to challenge the baleful influence of Citizens United.
Finally: Ron Brownstein on LBJ and Obama. Michelle Goldberg on the rise of women. David M. Kennedy on Michael Sandel. Joshua Kurlantzick on Aung San Suu Kyi. Ben Adler on how our cities (and suburbs) are changing. And Sharon Lerner on why French mothers have it better.