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Supreme Court Delivers a Win for Hobby Lobby and a Loss for US Women (The Hill)
The majority ruled that the contraceptive mandate was a burden on religious employers, but ignored the burden of women’s health costs, writes Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn.
The Best Way to Fix the Employer Mandate (The Hill)
An additional payroll tax on employers who don’t provide health coverage would help low-wage workers and raise revenue, argues Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch.
Why is Washington Still Protecting the Secret Political Power of Corporations? (Guardian)
The Securities and Exchange Commission could require corporations to disclose more of their political contributions, writes Alexis Goldstein, but it has proved reluctant to act.
The $236,500 Hole in the American Dream (New Republic)
The wealth gap between white and black Americans is growing, writes Dean Starkman, and closing it will take a major overhaul of housing policy and other asset-building strategies.
A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels Illegal Bank Deals (NYT)
Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Ben Protess retrace the investigation that led to BNP being caught funneling money for Iran and Sudan and ultimately paying a record $8.9 billion penalty.
New on Next New Deal
The Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn will make it harder for home care workers to organize for better pay and jobs, writes Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch.
Rethinking Communities Brain Trust member Eugenia Kim writes that large donors have come to dominate even local politics, but communities have the power to resist them.