Conservatives scramble to spin CBO analysis showing clear benefits of minimum wage increase

Ever since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the United States’ first national minimum wage in 1938, there have been Republicans and fiscal conservatives insisting that minimum wages are a job killer. FDR, however, told Republicans to relax — a mandatory 25 cents per hour wouldn’t destroy the U.S.

The View From July - by Helenback

My therapist told me I’m adorable, and my gynecologist said I’m delightful, so yeah, it’s been a pretty good year so far!

To all those wondering about my absence—-or to that one guy wondering about my absence—-I’ve been dealing with fibromyalgia—-a subject so boring I don’t want to give it another line in this piece. I don’t want to belittle anyone suffering with this pain disorder—it’s awful. What else is there to say about it?

How the race-baiting invective of Rush Limbaugh on the Obama presidency led to Trump

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the forty-fourth president of the United States of America—the first African American to attain this exalted office. Hundreds of thousands crowded the National Mall during the ceremony to wish the new president well.

Your opinion on gun control doesn't matter

Can we stop looking at gun rights as an ideological issue? This is no longer ideological. I don't care how you feel in theory: I care what is happening in practice. In practice, there have been 351 mass shootings in only 336 days. More people will die by guns than in car accidents this year. In practice, this is a public health crisis.

When will Americans realize we’re not the good guys?

Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here’s the first paragraph

Growth in West Lafayette and Purdue not for the better

I arrived in West Lafayette in early September 1967 from Chicago. As a big city guy I was dismayed by the lack of restaurants, chain stores and restaurants, and lots of hip coffee shops. Over the years such enterprises, big and small, arrived.

But West Lafayette maintained its small-town flavor. Folks could bike to work, drive in town and to Lafayette in short order, and roads were clear of traffic.

America’s Economic Blockades and International Law

Trump is often called an isolationist, but he is as interventionist as his predecessors. His strategy is simply to rely more heavily on US economic power than military might to coerce adversaries, which creates its own kind of cruelty and destabilization – and embodies its own brand of illegality.

This Is Chilling

As if the Trump Administration and its enablers in McConnell’s Court haven’t done enough to erode public confidence in America’s governing institutions, recent disclosures about the number of police officers involved in White Supremicist organizations should make the hair on the back of our collective necks stand up.

Washington Post fact-check exposes how far media will go to cover up economic inequality

Fact-checking is a thriving media industry, but every now and then a fact-checker offers up a judgment so questionable that it shows just how biased a person can be in the name of “facts.” Take The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler and team and a fact—yes, fact, accepted by Kessler as “numbers that add up”—offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders in last Thursday’s debate.

Sydney Ember’s Secret Sources - NYT reporter hides corporate ties of Sanders critics she highlights

New York Times reporter Sydney Ember has a problem with Bernie Sanders—which may be why the paper has her cover him.

Ember is supposed to write reported articles, not op-eds, but she consistently paints a negative picture of Sanders’ temperament, history, policies and/or political prospects in the over two dozen pieces she’s done on him. This makes sense, given the New York Times’ documented anti-Sanders bias, which can be found among both editors and reporters alike.

Paul Krugman blasts GOP’s growing ’embrace of cruelty’ and ‘contempt for their base’ in searing op-ed

....“The simple fact is that the Republicans who run Tennessee and other ‘non-expansion’ states have chosen to inflict misery on many of their constituents, rural residents in particular,” he continued before adding, “So if rural America is suffering, a large part of the explanation is gratuitous political cruelty. This cruelty has denied health insurance to millions who could have had it with a stroke of the pen. And rural hospitals are closing, rural doctors leaving, in large part because people can’t afford to pay for care.”

Robert Reich: Here’s why we need to break up Big Tech

The combined wealth of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Google’s Sergey Brin, and Larry Page is larger than the combined wealth of the bottom half of the American population.

They are the leaders of a second Gilded Age – ushered in by semiconductors, software and the internet – which has spawned a handful of hi-tech behemoths and crushed competition.

Former White House counsel: I’m ‘not aware of any situation like’ Transportation Secretary Chao’s conflicts of interest

In recent weeks, the term “conflict of interest” has been used a lot in connection with Elaine Chao, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Trump Administration. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and a June 10 report in Politico found that she used her position to help create a pathway for transportation projects in her husband’s state, Kentucky.

Congress makes minimum wage history, going the longest without an increase since 1938

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. That’s coming up on a decade, but it’s already hit an infuriating milestone: June 16 marked the longest the minimum wage had gone without an increase since 1938, when the U.S. passed its first minimum wage. Because Republicans are happy to have the minimum wage be a poverty wage—and it is a wage so low that a full-time job is not enough to pull a family of two above the poverty threshold.

NYT Presents Social Security Cuts as ‘Solution’ to Problem of Social Security Cuts

It’s hard to improve on economist and FAIR contributor Dean Baker’s observation that corporate media’s calls for cuts to programs for the elderly under the neutral-sounding guise of “reform” are about as predictable as the sunrise.

Sanders plan would wipe out all $1.6 trillion in US student loan debt by taxing Wall Street speculators

As part of a bold legislative package that would make public colleges and universities tuition-free, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday will unveil a plan to wipe out the $1.6 trillion in student loan debt that is saddling an estimated 45 million Americans.

Here’s the truth behind the US center’s ‘fringe’ support of progressive policies: Robert Reich

Donald Trump, Fox News, and Republicans in Congress label proposals they disagree with “fringe,” “radical,” or “socialist.”  Well, let’s see where the American people actually stand:

Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Alan MacLeod interviewed Noam Chomsky via Skype on March 13, 2018, for MacLeod’s new book Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. They discussed the origins of the classic work of media criticism (co-authored with Edward Herman) Manufacturing Consent, the role of that book’s “propaganda model” today, Google and Facebook, Donald Trump and Russia, fake news and Syria.

Iran ‘Violates’ Nuclear Deal, After US ‘Withdraws’

Quick question: Does the US ever break, breach or violate its international agreements?

How the media is legitimizing a century-old Nazi trope

When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked “cultural Marxism” as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer—the fringe.

American Inequality Creates the Fascism We Fight Against

See if you can answer the following if / then statement without the help of a calculator, tape measure or quaaludes:

If inequality, then instability.

If instability, then _____ .

I assume everybody remembers “if / then” statements from middle school? One day your jaded teacher, who had clearly just had some sort of relationship issue, walked into the room and said, “Class, it works like this: IF Tom is a good-looking man, THEN he is a pedophile. …That will be on the exam, so write it down!”

Legal scholar tracks down the bizarre origins of the right-wing phrase Justice Kavanaugh used in a new opinion

Justice Brett Kavanaugh was appointed the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump for one clear purpose: to fortify the majority of conservative justices than can protect the right-wing agenda through the judicial branch.

BUSTED: White House caught blocking intelligence aide’s testimony on a ‘possibly catastrophic’ disaster

President Donald Trump’s administration is notorious for ignoring reality, but according to a bombshell new Washington Post report, that perspective is preventing Americans from being warned about a potential catastrophe.

Nevada workers get some big wins because elections matter, this week in the war on workers

Nevada Democrats had a great Election Day in 2018, and Nevada workers are about to start seeing the effects of that. Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a package of major bills, including one giving 20,000 state workers collective bargaining rights, a minimum wage increase, paid sick leave, and more.

The Gulf of Credibility. False Flag, Ludicrous Allegation. Iran Rescued the Crew of the Japanese Tanker

I really cannot begin to fathom how stupid you would have to be to believe that Iran would attack a Japanese oil tanker at the very moment that the Japanese Prime Minister was sitting down to friendly, US-disapproved talks in Tehran on economic cooperation that can help Iran survive the effects of US economic sanctions.

Activist Walked From Sweden to Palestine to Protest Occupation

By the third day, blisters were beginning to form on his feet. But Benjamin Ladraa continued his trip. For another 11 months, the 25-year-old Swedish activist walked through 13 countries in an effort to raise awareness for human rights issues facing Palestinians. Although his journey to Palestine ended more than nine months ago, Ladraa is far from being finished with promoting the cause.

Workers With Disabilities Are Making Cents Per Hour -- and It's Legal

For many Americans, the idea of earning just cents per hour for one's labor is appalling, but for thousands of people with disabilities, it's an all too familiar reality. That's because a section of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act makes it legal for disabled workers to be paid subminimum wages under the assumption that they are not as productive as non-disabled workers.

Trump's EPA is Letting "Forever Chemicals" into Our Food, Experts Say

A growing chorus of environmental groups and public health experts are slamming the Trump administration for its milquetoast response to the widespread problem of PFAS, toxic "forever chemicals" that are linked to serious diseases and have contaminated food products and drinking water across the country. Public health watchdogs said previously unreleased FDA findings demonstrate that the government must take swift action.

In Media’s Looking Glass, US Doesn’t Threaten Iran But Merely Responds to Iranian Threats

US leaders have been threatening Iran for years, but US corporate media persistently and wrongly paint US escalations against Iran as defensive countermeasures.

New Evidence Exposes GOP Census Rigging

Common Cause has obtained new evidence confirming how political operatives have spent years plotting to rig our democracy with a Census citizenship question.

The New York Times has publicized this shocking document, written by the GOP’s chief gerrymandering mastermind Thomas Hofeller, that lays out a plan to add the citizenship question on the Census. Their purpose? Manipulating our Census and redistricting process to be, in Hofeller’s words, “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.”

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