This Graph Shows Why Millennials Should Wave Goodbye to the American Dream

The Census Bureau released its annual incomes report on Tuesday, and while we all know the U.S. economy is in a rut, this graph still manages to pack quite the punch:


According to the Census Bureau, earnings for men working full-time have become stagnant since the early 70s, while women's wages flat lined around the turn of the millennium. Experts attribute the lack of growth to the rise of emerging economies, the new tech-based economy, and a weak labor movement. And to top it all off, the Congressional Budget Office predicts the national debt will continue to balloon for the next 25 years. Sorry millennials, it looks like you're stuck with a crappy economy, no matter how hard you work.

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Brace Yourself For Another Battle Over Gun Control

As details continue to come out about the D.C. Navy Yard shooting, the conversation around the tragedy has already started to shift towards the topic of gun control. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has called on Congress to take up the gun debate again, and the president hinted at a similar message. Both the White House and Senate leaders have promised to push for expanded background checks; don’t be surprised if they make good on that promise now. You can expect a battle if Congress takes another look at background checks: Most Americans support a stricter law, but gun rights advocates do a better job of making their voices heard.
 
• Gun violence is decreasing, so why are mass shootings on the rise? (PolicyMic)
 
What we can learn about gun safety from cars (Daily Beast).
 
 
After the Syria Mess, Here’s a Chance For a Real Breakthrough
 
All signs suggest we are on the verge of a major breakthrough with Iran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei signaled his support for diplomacy on Tuesday, and President Hassan Rouhani has called for talks about Iran’s nuclear program. Obama and Rouhani have even been exchanging letters, a rarity since we cut off relations in 1980. If Obama can get Iran to scale back its nuclear program, it would be a huge deal for security in the Middle East. The two leaders are expected to speak hours apart at the UN next week; don’t be surprised if they talk shop on the side.
 
5 ways Obama and Rouhani could improve U.S.-Iran relations (PolicyMic).
 
 
5 Shows to Get You Over Your Breaking Bad Blues
 
Feeling down over Breaking Bad’s upcoming series finale? Don’t worry, September is a huge month for TV premieres, so you’re sure to find a rebound show. Millennial favorites New Girl and The Mindy Project came back from summer break Tuesday night, and Homeland and Modern Family will hit the airwaves in the next couple weeks. PolicyMic will be keeping you up to date on five of this season’s biggest shows, so be sure to check back often. Want to be part of the team? You’re in luck; we’re looking for a Homeland fan to write weekly recaps. Email culture superstar Elena Sheppard if you’re interested.
 
• Here’s what to expect in New Girl’s third season (PolicyMic).
 
• Have some fun with the New Girl drinking game (BuzzFeed).
 
 
DESSERT
• Meet the hedonistic “Number One King Of All Fun” (Forbes).
 
• Inside scientists’ depressing new discovery about the brain (Salon).
 
A short history of the cover letter (Atlantic).
 
What it’s like getting a master’s degree in social media (BuzzFeed).
 
25 productivity secrets from history’s greatest thinkers (Mental Floss).