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Whatever Happened to Overtime? (Politico Magazine)
Nick Hanauer says that raising the earnings threshold for mandatory overtime pay would kickstart the economy by either ensuring workers have more money or forcing companies to hire more workers.
Can Republicans Shut Down the Government Without Actually Shutting Down the Government? (WaPo)
Paul Waldman explains the GOP plan to stop any executive action on immigration without shutting down the government. The strategy: to pass spending bills that exclude the offices that would work on that issue.
Over Bentley’s Objections, Golden Dragon Plant Votes for Union (Montgomery Advisor)
The Republican governor of Alabama urged workers at a copper plant to vote against unionizing with a letter distributed directly to the plant workers shortly before they voted in favor of their union.
Republicans Sure Love to Hate Unions (NYT)
Thomas Edsall points out that while Republicans demonize unions, and public sector unions in particular, the Democrats aren’t doing much of anything to push back on labor’s behalf.
When Mega Corporations Get Mega Tax Breaks, We All Pay (The Nation)
Katrina vanden Heuvel, a member of the Roosevelt Institute’s board of directors, says that closing corporate income tax loopholes could fund incredible projects, like national universal pre-K.
Here’s Why Conservatives Will Never Give Up Their War on Obamacare (TNR)
The “partisan incomprehension” that follows the Affordable Care Act around in the news is primarily based in the fact that Republicans lost a highly partisan fight, writes Brian Beutler.