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Steps Toward the “Good Economy” (Cato Institute)
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Bo Cutter presents “magic wand” solutions to two problems holding back the economy: declining business formation and an unprepared labor force.
Pregnant and Forced Off the Job (MSNBC)
In light of today’s oral arguments in Young vs. UPS, which asks whether pregnant workers must be permitted reasonable accommodations, Irin Carmon profiles a similar pregnancy discrimination case.
Chicago Council Strongly Approves $13 Minimum Wage (NPR)
Bill Chappell reports on the overwhelming vote in favor of a $13-per-hour minimum wage. The legislation works incrementally, though, so Chicagoans won’t see that wage until 2019.
Republicans Back to Raising Taxes on the Poor (NY Mag)
Jonathan Chait suggests that Republicans’ new desire to end a set of tax breaks for low-income workers is tied to the president’s new plans on immigration.
The Cycle of Republican Radicalization (TAP)
Paul Waldman points out that over the past few years, Republicans in Congress have pushed back so strongly on anything from the president that it’s actually shifted voters rightward as well.
A Government Shutdown Can’t Stop Obama’s Immigration Plan—and John Boehner Knows It (TNR)
Refusing to fund the departments that deal with immigration won’t stop the coming changes, writes Brian Beutler, which makes a shutdown threat pretty toothless.
Converting a Union Skeptic (The Atlantic)
Alana Semuels profiles Audra Rondeau, a Vermont home health care aide who was convinced to join a union not just for better wages and benefits, but for the good of her clients.