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Pros and cons of raising the minimum wage

Like most Americans, I love nothing more than curling up in my favorite chair with a warm cup of coffee and a copy of the latest Congressional Budget Office report.<p>That's just what I did when I got hold of the CBO's recent take on the hot topic du jour: the federal minimum wage.<p>In case you haven't …

No, a Minimum-Wage Boost Won’t Kill Jobs

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office, one of the last nonpartisan arbiters in a town where the trench lines are deep and getting deeper, dropped a political bombshell on Democrats.<p>The bombshell came in the form of a new report with an innocuous title, “The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase …

Big Business: Raise the Minimum Wage and Computers Will Replace You at Work

The minimum wage wars are heating up. Last week the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office published a report on the economic costs and benefits of …

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Obama's Gap visit aside, most retailers say they will cut hiring if minimum wage hiked - Behind the Storefront - MarketWatch

President Obama, in rewarding Gap Inc.<p>/quotes/zigman/227242/delayed /quotes/nls/gps GPS for its decision to raise minimum wage for its store workers, …

Paul Ryan’s Right (Again): A Lot of Minimum-Wage Earners Are Young and Trying to Get a Start

<i>ThinkProgress</i> seems to think they’ve caught Paul Ryan in a fib: “The majority of these workers [earning the minimum wage] are younger people just …

How many hours must minimum-wage earners work to afford rent?

<i>Corrections & clarifications: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed Washington, D.C.'s minimum wage. The current minimum wage in D.C. is $8.25 per hour in 2014, according to the Department of Labor. Also, the hourly wage needed to afford a rental in D.C. has been …

Is Connecticut the First Domino in a Higher National Minimum Wage? Not So Fast.

On Thursday night, Con­necti­c­ut be­came the first state in the coun­try to raise its min­im­um wage to $10.10 an hour — the wage Pres­id­ent Obama …

17 million reasons to raise the minimum wage

I have 17 million reasons for wanting to increase the minimum wage. Yes, 17 million—the number of children whose lives would be a little more secure …

Obamacare a bigger issue than minimum wage?

On Jan. 31, a fry cook asked President Obama why his hours were being cut to part time because of Obamacare, and the President responded by saying he …

Joe Biden Explains to You Why He Thinks Raising the Minimum Wage Is Really Good for Business

Vice President Joe Biden said in Saturday’s weekly address that raising the minimum wage is “good for business” and “really good for the economy as a whole.”<p>“There’s clear data that shows fair wages generate loyalty of workers to their employers, which has the benefit of increasing productivity and …

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Founding Fathers and Slaveholders

Americans in great numbers are rediscovering their founding fathers in such best-selling books as Joseph Ellis’ <i>Founding Brothers</i>, David McCullough’s</i> …

Slavery's Global Comeback

150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more people than ever are bought and sold into forced labor. What "human trafficking" really means.<p>RANGOON, Burma—Earlier this year, Ko Lin, 21 at the time, left his hometown of Bago, 50 miles northeast of Rangoon, with a friend to look for work in …

Frederick Douglass

The title of Renaissance man would not be inaccurate in describing Frederick Douglass. Born a slave in about February 1818, Douglass, originally …

Thomas Jefferson and the Divinity of the Founding Fathers

An alert reader points out that I missed perhaps the most disturbing angle of Thomas Jefferson's long relationship with the slave society of America. In 1798, the Revolutionary War general Tadeusz Kosciuszko, hero of America and his native Poland, named his good friend Thomas Jefferson as the …

The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson

With five simple words in the Declaration of Independence—“all men are created equal”—Thomas Jefferson undid Aristotle’s ancient formula, which had …