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Whites and the Safety Net (NYT)
Paul Krugman builds on Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal’s argument on libertarian populism, and further examines why that model should not appeal to working-class white voters who rely on safety net programs like unemployment and food stamps.
- Roosevelt Take: You can read Mike’s piece on why libertarian populism is more of the same from Republicans here.
GOP Moves Closer to Splitting Farm Bill (The Hill)
Erik Wasson says that the House Republicans are considering the option of splitting farms subsidies and SNAP into two separate bills. Supporters of farm subsidies are concerned the split could destroy them, while the Democrats just want a bill with fewer cuts to SNAP.
Senate Democrats Spar Over Wall Street Reform (MoJo)
Erika Eichelberger explains why two groups of Senate Democrats are arguing about how to implement a Commodity Futures Trading Commission rule on overseas derivatives trading that is scheduled to be finalized on Friday. Senator Warren leads the charge for a stronger rule than the current proposal.
Wal-Mart Says it Will Pull Out of D.C. Plans Should City Mandate ‘Living Wage’ (WaPo)
Mike DeBonis reports that with only one day before the D.C. City Council votes on their living wage mandate for large retailers, Wal-Mart is making threats. It claims that paying $12.50 an hour isn’t possible, despite its booming profits.
The 2 Supreme Court Cases That Could Put a Dagger in Organized Labor (The Atlantic)
Matt Bruenig and Elizabeth Stoker worry that two cases the Supreme Court has agreed to hear next year, one on recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and the other on union-employer organizing agreements, could be the end of new private sector unions.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch applauds the decision to allow workers whose employers delay offering insurance access to the exchanges, but he thinks they won’t want to switch to employer-sponsored insurance in 2015.
Roosevelt Institute’s John Randall, Program Manager of the Telecommunications Equality Project, explains how Comcast is up to its usual profit-driven motives when it claims to be expanding high-speed internet access. It’s also not doing too well at actually expanding access in areas that don’t have it.