10 Reasons To Call For More Than $10.10 as a Minimum Wage

There are strong arguments for raising the minimum wage even more than $10.10 an hour – perhaps considerably more – than is currently being discussed, and the independent left should be making them.
Richard Eskow
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Trade Adjustment Assistance Won’t Fix TPP

Advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership claim that trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers will make it OK for the people who lose their jobs. The record of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements says otherwise.

They Can’t Help Loving A Man Who Slaps Liberals Around

I knew about Christie's little "deal" some time ago, but apparently it's just now coming to the attention of the Washington press. It's a case of the Washington establishment falling in love with a man who's willing to slap liberals around.
Digby
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Wingnut Week In Review: We, Too, Sing America

In the words of Langston Hughes, “We, too, sing America.” We sing it in the varied tones of our many cultures. We sing it in with accents both regional and international, in every language we know — even if it drives right-wingers crazy.
Terrance Heath
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Trade Yes, But a Different Track

We're in the middle of a David vs. Goliath battle. Corporate lobbyists are waging a campaign to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal rushed through Congress with little debate. But a broad coalition has come together to take on Goliath.

Chris Christie’s Super Bowl Fumble

With the first ever “mass transit Super Bowl” in his state, Chris Christie had two jobs: Make the trains run on time, and bring home the bacon for New Jersey. What actually happened is a classic example of conservative failure.
Terrance Heath
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Fast Track to Income Inequality

The main theme of Obama’s State of the Union address was his battle against growing American income inequality. But economists of all stripes agree that U.S. trade policy has been a major contributor to that inequality.

Are Dems Running 1996 Playbook To Raise The Minimum Wage?

Nearly every president since the minimum wage was established has signed into law a minimum wage increase, even when a conservative Congress loathed a Democratic president -- such as in 1949 and 1996.
Bill Scher
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Wingnut Week In Review, January 26 – 31, 2014

Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech from Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, there’s no shortage of wingnuttery this week.
Terrance Heath
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Why We Don’t Like Fast Track: It’s a Job Killer

The reason NAFTA was so harmful to working people was the way it was negotiated – under fast-track authority, behind closed doors. We know from experience what happens once legislators have the fast-track ticket in their hands.
Celeste Drake
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Warnings From NAFTA

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not really about trade. The point of the deal is to put in place a structure of regulations that will be friendlier to the large corporations who are in many cases directly part of the negotiating process.
Dean Baker
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Minimum Wage Executive Order A Win for 500,000 Workers

The new executive order will raise the wages of contract workers who are currently being paid less than $10.10 an hour. This victory is a testament to workers who took the risk and went on strike again and again for higher wages.
Derek Pugh
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“Inequality Doesn’t Just Happen. The 1% Make It Happen”

Elites believe that all that matters is that the possibility exists for someone to get rich. After all, that's their highest value, so it must be that for everyone. But acquiring great wealth isn't the holy grail for most people.
Digby
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Getting Trade Right Instead of Fast

Here's what President Obama should say about fast-track authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the State of the Union: I’m dropping my request that Congress give me fast track authority. I’d rather get it right than get it fast.
Guest Writer
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Do Fast Track And TPP Have Momentum?

There is no momentum for these "trade" agreements that favor corporate rights. They are engineered to pit American workers and our democracy against low-wage workers in non-democracies.

From “Duck Dynasty” To “Booker’s Place”

“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s comments on race didn't cause as much controversy as his anti-gay spiel, but they deserve just as much scrutiny. Robertson told a reporter he believes blacks were happier during segregation.
Terrance Heath
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The Best of The Worst of the Right-Wing in 2013

From the second inauguration of Barack Obama to the latest skirmish in the “War on Christmas,” a steady stream of outrageousness flowed from the American right this year. Here are the best of the worst of the right-wing in 2013.
Terrance Heath
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Will The GOP Embrace “Duck Dynasty Conservatism”?

Conservatives and 2016 hopefuls are rushing to the defense of a reality TV star, who was suspended from his show after an anti-gay rant to a reporter. What does that say about GOP?
Terrance Heath
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This Trade Fight Is Against ‘Global Apartheid’

The president of TransAfrica explains why the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership warrants the involvement of all people who care about racism, economic justice and human rights.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Get Ready for the 2014 Trade Tsunami

Hard work, smart planning and perseverance made 2013 a year of inspiring fair-trade activism. This sets the stage for the most important fights on globalization and “trade” in decades, beginning in a few short weeks.

The Great American Class War: Plutocracy Versus Democracy

We are this close -- this close! -- to losing our democracy to the mercenary class. So close it’s as if we’re leaning way over the rim of the Grand Canyon waiting for a swift kick in the pants.
Bill Moyers
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How The Right Missed The Point At The Mandela Memorial

While conservatives obsessed over "selfies," handshakes, and pseudo-symbolic statements, President Obama honored the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and underscored how relevant and urgently needed it is today.
Terrance Heath
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The GOP Can’t Get Off The Hook By Declaring The “End” Of Racism

Nobody wants racism to be "over" more than white conservatives, if the RNC’s tweet honoring Rosa Parks for “ending” racism is any indication. Why are white conservatives so ready declare racism “over”? They want to get off the hook.
Terrance Heath
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