THE TWO AMERICAS. Charles Barkley, all-time great undersized power forward and potential politician, takes on America's inequality problem: "America is divided by economics. It's the rich against the poor. And the gap is widening. We've got to find a way to uplift poor people. It shouldn't be the haves vs. the have-nots."

Sounds good to me. It always seems a little goofy, but at the end of the day I think it makes sense to try and recruit charismatic celebrities to run for office. Barkley on religion ("Religious people in general are so discriminatory against other people, and that really disturbs me") probably isn't going to sell very well at the polls, though I appreciate the sentiment he's trying to express.

--Matthew Yglesias

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