A Great Divergence: The Country’s Earnings and Education Rift (The Atlantic)

The regional and educational divergence of Americans has generated increasingly different experiences of the country for its citizens. The earning gap between those with college educations and those without has created cultural riffs, and since 80% of people in rural America are without bachelor’s degrees, variance between cities and rural areas magnifies.

The Atlantic explores how globalization and the rise of computers have contributed to the concentration of good jobs in small areas, and the political and cultural implications of these divisions. Read more.

Analysis: Assessing Trump’s First Cybersecurity Executive Order (Lawfare)

Lawfare reviews a draft of President Trump’s first executive order pertaining to cybersecurity.

The order, “Strengthening U.S. Cyber Security and Capabilities,” calls for several assessments of the country’s cybersecurity, yet it omits any mention of the FBI. Read more.

The Decline of the Urban Center: Global Challenges to City Demographics (Brookings Institute)

Globally, urban centers have experienced hits to economic growth, due to aging populations, declines in fertility rates, and lower migrations to cities.

The Brookings Institute compares the US, Western Europe, and Japan in order to discern the causes and consequences of urban demographic change.

Between 2000 and 2015, the populations of the world’s largest cities declined 6 percent. City populations are expected to decline another 17 percent in the next decade.

The report reveals the US to be in a superior demographic position to either Japan or Western Europe, due to its higher fertility rate and greater migration. Read more.