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Situational awareness: July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880. (AP)
James Lagasse, 84, watches a nursing home employee make his bed in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Photo: Marlena Sloss/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Two trends in Maine show the precarious future for the U.S., which seems woefully unequipped to handle a rapidly aging population.
The big picture: America's 85 and older population will spike 200+% between 2015 and 2050, while the under 65 population will increase just 12%, per the Post.
Between the lines: “The U.S. is just starting this journey, and Maine is at the leading edge,” Maine Council on Aging's Jess Maurer told the Post. “As we are living longer, all the systems that have always worked for us may have to be changed.”
The bottom line: These trends have been coming for a long time, with our political system proving itself woefully inadequate for the challenge.
In the latest TNR cover, Walter Shapiro looks at the increasingly high-profile Elizabeth Warren campaign, including reminders of the early doubters.
The Chambers Brothers performing at Black Woodstock in 1969. CBS televised the festival. Photo: CBS/Getty Images
50 years ago this summer, roughly 300,000 people gathered for the Harlem Music Festival — famously known as Black Woodstock — a series of weekly concerts from June 29 to Aug. 24, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh notes.
Why it matters: The events marked a celebration of black culture, music and the politics of black pride, per the African American Registry.
Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson told Rolling Stone that "the festival was a way to offset the pain we all felt after [the assassination of] MLK. The artists tried to express the tensions of the time, a fierce pain and a fierce joy."