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Conservatives Don’t Get That Some Problems are Public, and It’s Hurting Them (WaPo)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal sees a cognitive dissonance when conservatives try to argue that economic issues are all private problems to be fixed on the individual level. Inequality is a public problem, and public problems call for a guiding hand from government.
Who’s Really Running the GOP? (Melissa Harris-Perry)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren compares current Republican strategies to the end of reconstruction. In states where the GOP controls the governor’s mansion and the state house, there are disturbing similarities in voting restrictions.
Most of U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In (NYT)
Edward Wyatt reports on the struggle to get the last 20 percent of Americans connected to the Internet. Some of the disconnected wish they weren’t, but thanks to the near-monopoly control of broadband by cable companies, access is expensive.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford argues against big telecommunications’ claims that Americans have the broadband access they need.
The AFL-CIO Is Exploring New Investments in Alt-Labor and Texas Organizing (The Nation)
Josh Eidelson examines the union federation’s relationships with non-union organized labor. Funding is a challenge, because union members often prefer for money to stay within the unions, even if they aren’t the best option to organize a particular space.
3 Questions for Larry Summers About the Fed (The Atlantic)
Matthew O’Brien wonders how Summers would respond to questions about interest rates, target inflation, and bubbles. When most of our knowledge of the potential Fed Chair’s views on monetary policy come from 1991, it would be nice if we could get some answers.
Bye-Bye Refi? (On the Economy)
Jared Bernstein looks at one side effect of higher interest rates that is already appearing: a reduction in mortgage refinancing applications. He’s concerned by that drop because refis serve as stimulus when they reduce a household’s monthly mortgage payment.