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New Analysis Debunks Claim That A Higher Minimum Wage Kills Job Growth

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  • Center for Economic Policy Research's (CEPR) study is the latest to debunk the common argument that raising the minimum wage is an economy killer
  • The chart below shows the data, which builds on research first done by Goldman Sachs.
  • 40% Of US Workers Now Earn Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage.

Emily Cohn, Huffington Post

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original.jpg These employment rate gains are the difference between the average employment rate during the first five months of 2014 and the average employment rate during the last five months of 2013.

 

 

 

 

07/10/2014 | A higher minimum wage doesn't have to kill jobs.

The 13 U.S. states that increased their minimum wages on January 1 saw higher employment growth, on average, than the states where the minimum wage didn't change, according to an analysis by the Center for Economic Policy Research, a progressive think tank.

Four states passed laws to raise wages, while nine others had automatic wage increases pegged to inflation. The employment rate rose 0.99 percent, on average, in those states in the first five months of 2014, according to the CEPR. Employment rose by just 0.68 percent, on average, during that same period in the 37 states that didn't raise wages.

Emily Cohn is the Huffington Post's Business Editor.

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40% Of US Workers Now Earn Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage, Michael Snyder, Popular Resistance

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  • Good paying full-time jobs are disappearing, and they are being replaced by low paying part-time jobs.
  • How Govt. Hides the Poor: Formula for Measuring Poverty Dates to When a Loaf of Bread Cost 22 Cents,
  • The poverty that Paul Ryan ignores

 

The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums

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  • With a whole new set of complaints and demands, here's how to finally stand up to the terror they're wreaking
  • Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left

Katie McDonough, Salon

 

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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 | The Employment Non-Discrimination Act never really stood a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House during an election year, but it remained a symbolically heavy piece of legislation. And for good reason. It’s a measure that would do the simple but important work of shielding LGBTQ employees from discrimination based on their sexual and/or gender identities. Discrimination that is completely legal in most states. It is a strange and sad thing to be living in a country where something so basic — the right to show up to your probably crappy job — is still being fought over, but here we are. Despite being utterly uncontroversial in its premise and even though LGBTQ groups and individuals fought exhaustively to ensure the strongest and most inclusive version of the bill moved forward, ENDA has languished in congressional purgatory for decades.

But the left may just have killed it, at least in its current form. Because it needed to be killed. This week, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s disastrous and sweeping Hobby Lobby decision, progressive and LGBTQ groups one-by-one withdrew their support from the measure. But far from being demoralizing, there was something electric about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Transgender Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union issuing biting condemnations of the measure’s gaping exemptions for religious organizations, exemptions made all the more gaping by the high court’s decision to grant a religious conscience to 90 percent of the corporations in the United States. The message behind the move was clear: We don’t want a weak ENDA. A version of the bill with wide-ranging exemptions for the very organizations and companies most committed to discriminating against LGBTQ people was pointless, and an insult to those who fought hard for the measure over the last 20 years.

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice.

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Special Project | From the Archives: Right's Stupidity Spreads, Enabled by Too-Polite Left, George Monbiot, Guardian UK

  • Conservativism may be the refuge of the dim. But the room for rightwing ideas is made by those too timid to properly object.
  • How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington
  • Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes

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Supreme Court’s out-of-control spiral: Ideologues rewriting their own laws

  • It may be incremental, but make no mistake: This court is using absurd eccentricities to legislate from the bench.
  • Justice Scalia, Religion, and the Failure of Legal Reasoning

David Dayen, Salon

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Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 | John Boehner wants to sue the president for pursuing executive authority without congressional input? He may want to file a copycat suit against the Supreme Court, who have executed plenty of extra-legislative rule making of their own.

On Monday, the court established multiple new distinctions in the law, inventing them largely to satisfy ideological whims. If any branch of government is engaging in de facto legislating and overstepping the bounds of authority, it’s the Roberts court. 

David Dayen is a contributing writer for Salon.

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Justice Scalia, Religion, and the Failure of Legal Reasoning, Geoffrey R. Stone, Huffington Post

  • What Justice Scalia seems to be saying is that because the First Amendment guarantees "the free exercise of religion," the government should itself be free to engage in "the free exercise of religion." This is wrong on multiple counts. 
  • Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue.

 

 

The Media and War, June 27, 2014

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  • How the Media Doesn't Give Peace a Chance
  • Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis
  • Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV
  • Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine with Charles Lewis

Investigative journalist Charles Lewis joins Bill Moyers this week to talk about why facts, logic and reason are often missing in the rush to war.

Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

Moyers%20%7C%20The%20Truth%20vs.%20DC%27s%20Propaganda%20Machine%20with%20Charles%20Lewis.jpgJune 27, 2014 | As the exploding crisis in Iraq spotlights once again the tragic record of American policy in the Middle East, Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis, whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused “most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic and reason in the rush to war.” A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite.

Charles Lewis is investigative journalist whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Part 2: If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV

Historian Andrew Bacevich, in a recent interview with Bill Moyers, the veteran journalist who chronicled the media's Iraq boosterism in the documentary “Buying the War,” accused those who book guests for broadcast of viewing (the Iraq conflict) through a lens of partisan politics. "So if Iraq is falling apart, their reflexive inclination is to say, 'Let’s go get someone who is a critic of Obama.' And who better to do that then a neoconservative or a senior member of the Bush administration?"

Sam Stein & Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

Bacevich%20%7C%20Media%20Loves%20Iraq%20Hawks.jpg06/27/2014 | Kent Conrad’s phone hasn’t been ringing very much over the past few weeks, as Iraq, and the debate over America's future in the country, has once again dominated the news.

The architects of the Iraq war are back in TV studios and on op-ed pages, as are journalists and pundits who promoted the Bush administration’s ultimately bogus case for invading. But Conrad, a former senator who was one of only 23 to vote against authorizing the war in October 2002, hasn’t heard from CNN, MSNBC or any other TV outlet. "Not once," he said, when asked if anyone in the press had reached out regarding the current crisis in Iraq.

Sam Stein: Political Editor and White House Correspondent of Huffington Post

Michael Calderone: Huffington Post senior media reporter

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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight, Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

 

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