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The Republican Playbook for Cutting Anti-Poverty Programs (The Nation)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert write that block grants, like those that make up Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty proposal, effectively freeze funding for their programs.
Can Republicans Be Convinced to Help Improve the Affordable Care Act? (TAP)
Looking at Mike Konczal’s suggestion for improving the Affordable Care Act, Paul Waldman says that more specific proposals will force Republicans to act.
Democrats Have a Depth Problem. It’s Largely Their Own Fault. (WaPo)
Aaron Blake blames Democrats for not investing in developing young leaders, as the Republicans have done for 25 years, and credits groups like the Campus Network for starting to build that pipeline.
Ferguson Sets Broad Change for City Courts (NYT)
Frances Robles reports on the changes announced at Ferguson’s first city council meeting since Mike Brown’s death, including a cap on how much of the city’s budget can come from court fines.
Dignity (New Yorker)
William Finnegan profiles one McDonalds employee on her work and her labor activism as she struggles to support her kids on $8.35 an hour, her wage after eight years on the job.
This Is What It’s Like To Sit Through An Anti-Union Meeting At Work (HuffPo)
Dave Jamieson reports on recordings published by the Teamsters in which employers claim over and over that unions just want employees’ money, not to improve the workplace.