In the Cap Times: UW-Madison will partner with community to raise incomes of 10,000 Dane County families by 2020

On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced that it was chosen as one of four universities across the nation tasked to achieve that goal, in partnership with the community, by 2020. They’re looking for creative ideas from throughout the community to build up the county’s middle class and hopefully narrow racial inequities.

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In Isthmus: Ben and Judy Sidran say the Madison Reunion is as much about the future as the past

The Madison Reunion — a countercultural Chautauqua that includes former UW-Madison teachers and students — begins June 14. Isthmus talks to Ben and Judy Sidran, the couple that helped pull it all together.

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In WPR: UW-Madison plans to increase families' incomes

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty will spend the summer collecting data and trying to identify community members’ needs in an effort to raise 10,000 Dane County families’ incomes by 10 percent in two years.

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Young Mie Kim in Vox: Most Russian Facebook ads sought to divide Americans on race

A recent study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that more than half of the sponsors of Facebook ads that featured divisive political messages ahead of the 2016 election were from “suspicious” groups with little or no paper trail to identify them. One in six turned out to be linked to the IRA.“I expected that we would find some unknown actors in the digital media political campaign landscape, because there are some regulatory loopholes,” Young Mie Kim, the study’s lead author, recently told me. “The findings are a lot worse than I thought. It is shocking and surprising.”

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Young Mie Kim in USA Today: We read every one of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by Russians. Here's what we found

Young Mie Kim, a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher who published some of the first scientific analysis of social media influence campaigns during the election, said the ads show that the Russians are attempting to destabilize Western Democracy by targeting extreme identity groups.

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In the New York Times: Tiny brains of extinct human relative had complex features

Based on the regions of the brain that Homo naledi shared with modern humans, the authors suggested that it may have exhibited complex behavior. But what they did not say was what those behaviors may have been, said John Hawks, an paleoanthropologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an author on the paper.

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Katherine Cramer in The Washington Post: White people get more conservative when they move up economically, not down

President Trump’s election upended the conventional view of U.S. class politics. Republicans have long been considered the party of the affluent and upwardly mobile, while Democrats have appealed to the economically disadvantaged. But many observers have suggested that Trump “tapped into the anger of a declining middle class” rooted in decades of income stagnation and growing social distress.

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Barry Burden in Isthmus: Is Soglin’s quiet run for governor crazy enough to work?

If Madison’s septuagenarian mayor wins the primary, Burden expects Walker will make Soglin’s long career an issue. “Walker will say that Soglin represents the past, the hippie Madison of the 1960s. And that [Walker] represents the future of Wisconsin,” Burden says. “On the other hand, Soglin has a number of things he can crow about. Madison and Dane County are the real job engines for the state.”

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Tim Smeeding quoted in Vox: Scott Walker is giving Wisconsin families $100 per kid. Democrats should learn from that

Quoted: What’s more, there are some barriers to poor families getting the money, like the requirement that recipients of the funds have bank accounts for direct deposits. After looking over the procedure for filing for the refund, Tim Smeeding, an economist and poverty expert at the University of Wisconsin Madison, commented, “I am sure poor people won’t follow all of this and won’t get the money.”

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