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Obama Making Bold Move on ENDA Protections (MSNBC)
Steve Benen says the President’s executive order protecting LBGT federal contractors could be an attempt to push Congress to act on broader anti-discrimination legislation.
- Roosevelt Take: Former Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network Senior Fellow for Equal Justice Erik Lampmann explains why Millennials see ENDA as essential.
The Fed’s Unemployment Conundrum (WaPo)
Ylan Q. Mui notes that the Federal Reserve’s decision to tie its stimulus program to unemployment is problematic because unemployment is falling faster than the economy is growing.
In San Jose, Higher Minimum Wage Pays Benefits (USA Today)
For minimum-wage workers in San Jose, the increase from $8 to $10 per hour meant small but meaningful changes, like being able to afford dental care, writes Paul Davidson.
After Piketty, the Ownership Revolution (AJAM)
Gar Alperovitz suggests that experimenting with broad, democratized ownership of capital could help counter the trend toward inequality highlighted by Thomas Piketty’s Capital.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong says Piketty’s success shows the shift in the public debate on inequality.
You Can Blame Student Debt for America’s Inequality and Shrinking Middle Class (HuffPo)
Sean McElwee argues that while a college education may be a gateway to the middle class, high student debt holds back low- and middle-income students.
Three Fed Governors Sworn in Just in Time for Meeting (WSJ)
Pedro Da Costa reports on the swearing in of the newest members of the Federal Reserve Board, which is expected to continue to scale back the Fed’s bond-buying program this week.
Miami Sues JPMorgan Alleging Mortgage Discrimination (Reuters)
The city’s suit against JPMorgan claims that the bank not only issued higher-cost loans to minorities but also discriminated when determining refinancing terms, reports Dena Aubin.