Julie Marie Totsch

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If anti-consumer bank law is passed, more Wells Fargo-like scandals are coming

Wells Fargo, the banking giant that's reeling from disclosures it secretly opened millions of bogus customer accounts, recently said there was more bad news on the way.<p>Yet even as Wells Fargo concedes the scandal isn't over, powerful political and industry forces are pushing Congress to gut federal …

Work and Reward: The Great Disconnect

Working hard and getting ahead used to go hand in hand. But that was a long time ago, before decades of stagnating incomes and rising inequality took their toll.<p>A study published recently by the National Bureau of Economic Research provides an unvarnished look at the damage. The researchers, from …

Demographics

Is artificial intelligence a (job) killer?

There’s no shortage of dire warnings about the dangers of artificial intelligence these days.<p>Modern prophets, such as physicist Stephen Hawking and …

Google is expanding its DeepMind AI division with research office in Canada

Google is betting big on artificial intelligence. Its DeepMind subsidiary has announced plans to expand its operations to Canada in order to accommodate the company’s ever-growing research initiatives.<p>In a blog post yesterday, CEO Demis Hassabis revealed DeepMind will be opening its first ever …

Busted: Emails Show Seattle Mayor Worked With Berkeley To Preempt Study Criticizing Minimum Wage Law

Seattle’s experiment with a higher minimum wage has detrimentally impacted workers with less pay and fewer hours. The $15/hour minimum wage law was …

Missouri Republicans Lower St. Louis Minimum Wage From $10 To $7.70

Take that, local decision-making.<p>If you thought the minimum wage only moved in one direction, then Missouri Republicans have a surprise for you.<p>After St. Louis leaders raised the wage floor for workers within city limits, the state GOP recently passed what’s known as a statewide “preemption” law, …

Income Inequality

The future of work is the low-wage health care job

The poor taking care of the poor are driving the new economy.<p>In 2010, Tony Rowe was at a dead-end job pumping gas at a station in Oregon. The former mechanic had once worked on tanks and freight liners in the Army and diesel trucks in civilian life, but he had trouble returning to work in a …

Amazon’s Brave New Future: A Whole Foods where cheaper groceries come at a cost

The internet behemoth’s plan to buy out Whole Foods isn’t a win-win for the people<p>Excellent news, folks: A decade after Wall Street greed crashed our economy and crushed the working class, jobs are suddenly plentiful!<p>As an Associated Press article joyously put it, "The U.S. job market has settled …

Wall Street

Conservatives in the highest levels of government are blurring the lines between the state and religion

Just as troubling, however, is that conservatives on the highest levels of all branches of government are blurring the lines between the state and religion.<p>Vice President Mike Pence, arguably one of the biggest religious zealots ever on a presidential ticket, is a prime example. He makes no secret …

Why Americans must stop talking about Trump’s mythical “white working class” voters

Ever since Donald Trump won the US presidential election back in November, the media has focused its attention on one group of Americans: the white working class. It seems like every week, there is a new thinkpiece debating what to do with the white working class, especially since it seems many of …

Race & Ethnicity

Wes Moore: The War on Poverty Has Become a War on the Poor

I grew up on the brink of poverty in Baltimore and the Bronx during the ’80s and ’90s. I remember those streets you couldn’t pass through after dark, …

Will Texas Really Be Able to Undermine Marriage Equality?

While most of us (including your faithful RD staffers) were prepping the grill for a long...

LGBTQI

America Once Led the World on Tax Reform

‘We’re going to do what we have to do to remain competitive,’ a Canadian official said in 1986.<p>Three decades ago, Ronald Reagan worked with Congress to give the U.S. a modern, competitive and pro-investment tax system that set the stage for more than a decade of economic growth. Tax shelters …

Ronald Reagan

What Happened to the US's Wealth? The Rich Hid It

If you find yourself traveling this summer, take a closer look at America's deteriorating infrastructure -- our crumbling roads, sidewalks, public …

How Prisoners' Family Members Can Assist Overworked Public Defenders

Through a suburban Philadelphia program, they learn how to help their relatives' criminal defense—and do some of the nitty-gritty work lawyers would typically handle.<p>NORRISTOWN, Pa.—Things were not looking up for Saabir Lewis last August. The 21-year-old faced up to 20 years in prison on charges …

Trespassing

Honest financing as a path to economic mobility and social justice

Max Levchin Contributor<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?<p>Societal health can be assessed by a handful of factors: economic mobility (is the current generation earning more than their parents did?), upward mobility (the rate of which an individual …

In 'Fight for $15,' Seattle loses

Other communities should take notice before raising their minimum wage: Our view<p><i>Corrections & clarifications: An earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that Missoula, Mont., and San Marcos, Texas, have adopted a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Missoula has hiked wages for city workers</i> …

Middle-class

French high court grants new rights to gay parents

France’s highest court ruled Wednesday that a child born to a surrogate mother abroad can be adopted by the partner of his or her biological father, thus being legally recognised by two parents in France.<p>The ruling was a key victory for gay couples in France who have used foreign surrogates to have …

LGBTQI

Daily Stormer Troll Army Threatens CNN Staffers Over Reddit User Behind Trump/CNN GIF

Andrew Auernheimer, the notorious hacker and Internet troll known as ‘Weev,’ rallied the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer’s troll army for its latest campaign …

Internet

$15 Minimum Wage Should Be Something All Ontarians Can Agree On

Of the hundreds of studies conducted on the employment effects of a minimum wage increase, the majority find no evidence of significant job …

Income Inequality

Baker Said Jesus Wouldn’t Make Cake for Gay Wedding - PAPER

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Bakeshop and epicenter of a major upcoming Supreme Court case, appeared on <i>The View</i> last week to defend his decision to not make a cake for same sex weddings and to stand up for law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, who has repeatedly attempted to fight against …

Weddings

Trumpcare Proves That the GOP Would Rather Increase Inequality Than Create Jobs

The American worker has no better friend than Grover Norquist. Or so the anti-tax zealot would like you to believe.<p>Over the weekend, word leaked that …

Health Care

Seattle mayor: $15 minimum wage raises incomes

Putting more money in workers’ pockets helps grow our economy: Opposing view<p>Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has been in the news lately, with some questioning its benefits. As the mayor who signed the ordinance in 2014, I know how important it has been for workers in this city. By raising the minimum …

Economics

Why don’t we agonise about welfare cuts as much as public sector pay caps?

There’s a risk we’ll end austerity for those who have our sympathy while leaving people struggling on benefits and tax credits undefended • Faiza Shaheen is the director of the Centre of Labour and Social Studies<p>The austerity lie is finally unravelling. A succession of terror attacks, the Grenfell …

Income Inequality

White House gender pay gap more than triples under Trump

The pay gap between male and female White House staffers has more than tripled in the first year of the Trump administration, according to an analysis by economist Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.<p>The median female White House employee is drawing a salary …

Gender

Now more than ever, Republicans are engaged in class warfare: Isn’t it time for Democrats to fight back?

Conservatives accused Obama (falsely) of waging class war, when they have perfected a highly deceptive version<p>Throughout the Obama years, one of the more frequent Republican criticisms of the Democratic president was that he was engaging in “class warfare” against the rich and “punishing success.” …

Why solving ‘hidden’ suburban poverty is trickier than helping cities

A new book, Places in Need, explores how preconceptions make harder to combat suburban poverty<p>Lake County, Illinois, located north of Chicago, is considered one of the wealthier parts of the large belt of suburbs that surround the Midwestern metropolis. It’s long been seen, by itself and others, as …

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?

If an unexpected medical emergency bankrupts you, you view yourself as a victim of bad fortune – while seeing other bankruptcy court clients as spendthrifts. Why?<p>Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our new column about class. Read all articles here<p>Cecilia Mo thought she knew all about …

University of Michigan

Scientists Have Figured Out How Ancient Rome's Concrete Has Survived 2,000 Years

Scientists have solved the mystery of the durability of Ancient Rome‘s concrete and in the process may have learned something that could influence …

Hobby Lobby Purchased Thousands of Ancient Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq

The craft-supply giant, which will open its Museum of the Bible in D.C. this fall, will pay a $3 million settlement.<p>Hobby Lobby purchased thousands of ancient artifacts smuggled out of modern-day Iraq via the United Arab Emirates and Israel in 2010 and 2011, attorneys for the Eastern District of …

Hobby Lobby