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Companies Proclaim Water the Next Oil in a Rush to Turn Resources into Profit (The Guardian)
As the CEO of Nestle publicly declares that any water beyond survival needs should be paid for, Suzanne McGee considers the potential horror story of commodifying water.
Paid Leave Encourages Female Employees to Stay (NYT)
Federally mandated paid maternity leave could be one of the most powerful tools to reverse the decline of women’s participation in the U.S. labor force, says Claire Cain Miller.
One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong (TNR)
In light of current legal fights over health care exchange subsidies, Jonathan Cohn looks back to a 2010 e-mail from an influential House staffer for proof of Congress’s intentions.
History Suggests Ryan Block Grant Would Be Susceptible to Cuts (Off the Charts)
Richard Kogan points out the vulnerability of block grants, which have less obvious impacts than individual programs. Of 11 major anti-poverty block grants, nine have faced cuts since 2001.
A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense (The Nation)
George Zornick reports on a proposal by House Democrats that would make labor organizing a civil right and allow workers to take their complaints outside the National Labor Relations Board.
Fast Food Convention Portends Escalation in Strikes (MSNBC)
Ned Resnikoff writes that workers at this weekend’s fast food convention pushed for more radical tactics as well as cross-movement collaboration with groups like Moral Mondays in North Carolina.
New on Next New Deal
Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, envisions a future of slowed technological growth in his speculation for the Next American Economy project.