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The New Populists (In These Times)
Sarah Jaffe considers the work that Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have been doing to bring back banking reform. This populist push isn’t necessarily making changes today, but it’s bringing the issues into the news.
The $13 Billion JPMorgan Settlement Is a Good Start—Now Someone Should Go to Jail (The Nation)
William Greider argues that until individual bankers or the corporate “persons” of banks are prosecuted as criminals, the banks aren’t being treated equally under the law. Paying a fine that is almost meaningless to the bank isn’t enough.
After the Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling Row – What Happens Next? (The Guardian)
Jana Kasperkevic looks at what’s to come in the next couple of months of budget negotiations. She sees a trend toward multiple continuing resolutions, semi-annual fiscal drama, and political theatrics, which aren’t exactly good policy.
Poll: Major Damage to GOP After Shutdown, and Broad Dissatisfaction with Government (WaPo)
Dan Balz and Scott Clement report on a new poll in the aftermath of the shutdown. Even a majority of supporters of the tea party disapproved of the shutdown, and support for Congressional Republicans is at an all-time low.
Jersey City Mayor Signs Country’s Seventh Paid Sick Days Law (ThinkProgress)
Bryce Covert reports on Jersey City’s new law, which is estimated to give 30,000 workers new access to paid sick leave. State- and city-wide pushes for these bills are growing, which isn’t surprising when paid sick leave actually saves employers money.
The Solar Revolution is Being Fought by the Middle Class (Quartz)
Todd Woody looks at a report from the Center for American Progress, which shows that the vast majority of home solar panels are being installed in middle-class neighborhoods. He suggests that middle-class families see solar energy as a money saver.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch argues that now is the time to fight for solutions to the problems facing Social Security and Medicare. The proposals he suggests would fix the financial solvency of these programs without cutting a dime in benefits.
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Bo Cutter considers what really came out of the government shutdown. Perhaps most importantly, it set the stage for the President to revitalize his second term with a new agenda, since he’s one of the few politicians to retain any credibility.