Ta-Nehisi Coates dives into an incredible and disturbing analysis that draws on data, devastating personal anecdotes and an in-depth recounting of political debates. The story measures the problem in terms of lives, opportunity and money wasted, and its particular devastation of black America. The conclusion is inescapable: The prison industrial complex remains one of the greatest challenges to tackling the racial divide in America. —John Eligon, Midwest Correspondent
Description of The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse stands in downtown Manhattan in this aerial photograph taken over New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Thomas Sowell: If you believe Barack Obama and others who oppose what they call "tax cuts for the rich," you might want to consider what the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said: "You are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts." If you want to see some documented facts about tax rates and tax revenues, there is a box titled "Tax Cuts" on my web site (www.tsowell.com). Click on it.