Have lawmakers helped themselves while helping the country? After the nation's financial crisis led Congress to unprecedented economic intervention, The Washington Post began an investigation that pierced the secrecy of the deeply flawed financial disclosure system that governs the 535 men and women who draft the nation's laws. Members of Congress directed millions of dollars to infrastructure projects near their residences and businesses, in some cases paving roads in front of their houses.
Economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton say the early mortality spike in this midlife group is not easing.
"New Research Identifies a ‘Sea of Despair’ Among White, Working-Class Americans" is from the March 23, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joel Achenbach and Dan Keating and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The ads started popping up about a decade ago on social media. Instead of selling alcohol with sex and romance, these ads had an edgier theme: Harried mothers chugging wine to cope with everyday stress. Women embracing quart-sized bottles of whiskey, and bellying up to bars to knock back vodka shots with men.