Top stories this week on The Daily Brief

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How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

NY Times — 22 min read

An enormous entitlement in the tax code props up home prices — 
and overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy and the upper middle class.

My two messed-up countries: an immigrant’s dilemma

The Guardian — 19 min read

While her birthplace, South Korea, stood on the brink of political chaos, Suki Kim watched her adopted home of the US go into meltdown after Trump’s election. Stuck between past and future, she found herself in an impossible position.

Focus on Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms in Danger

NPR — 37 min read

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world: Sixty percent of the 700 to 900 deaths each year are preventable, including that of neonatal nurse Lauren Bloomstein.

‘America’s Deaf Team’ Tackles Identity Politics

The Atlantic — 28 min read

In order to survive, Gallaudet University has to blend a diverse student body from very different backgrounds: deaf culture and hearing culture. Can football players show the school how?

When India’s Cash Disappeared, Part One

Planet Money — 24 min listen

Something incredible happened in India about six months ago. The government declared most of the paper money invalid. Demonetization they called it. Today, we meet the man who came up with the plan.