UPDATED Thursday, Oct. 11: For Thursday night's highly anticipated vice-presidential debate, focused on America's big domestic concerns, here's your topic-by-topic primer.
Economic Inequality and the "47 Percent" Video
- What's this "47 percent" business really all about? It's about this secret video, obtained by MoJo, in which Mitt Romney told wealthy donors what he REALLY thought of Obama voters and the 47 percent of Americans who, he claimed, pay no income taxes. "I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," he said. Here are some charts that flesh out who's in that fabled 47 percent.
- It's the inequality, stupid: Here are a couple of simple charts on the US economy that will make your brain go kaboom. And here's the story of how we got there. (Back in 2009, Pulitzer Prize author David Cay Johnson wrote an open memo to Paul Ryan on how to tackle income inequality. Didn't do much good.)
- More charts: America has the world's luckiest billionaires.