Equality

Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights

NASHVILLE – Same-sex couples in Tennessee have the same rights as heterosexual couples who have children born through artificial insemination, a judge ruled.<p>Four married lesbian couples sued after the state passed a law that requires using the "natural and ordinary meaning" of words in state law. …

Social Justice

Top CEOs make 271 times more than the average American

The CEO-to-worker pay ratio has grown by an order of magnitude over the last half century<p>In 2016, CEOs at America’s largest firms made, on average, 271 times more than the average US worker. Fifty years ago, that ratio was 20-to-1.<p>The CEO-to-worker pay ratio, calculated annually by the Economic …

Social Justice

KY Taxpayers Owe $224,703 in Legal Fees Because Kim Davis Wouldn’t Do Her Job

It's not the first time this week that Kentucky taxpayers have been screwed out of money by fundamentalist Christians.

Social Justice

Middle Class Dreams: Can They Be Achieved?

The American middle class is troubled. Indeed, it is not even clear that it is middle class in the 21st century.<p>The American Dream is alive, but for …

Social Justice

Opinion: Why Canada is able to do things better

<i>Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN</i> …

OECD

Major company CEOs made 271 times the typical US worker in 2016

CEO pay may not be quite as high as it once was, but the numbers still dwarf the pay earned by the typical worker.Chief executives of America’s 350 …

Social Justice

The Number of People on Food Stamps is Falling. Here’s Why

Almost 2 million fewer people are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits than were in 2016.

Social Justice

Peter Dutton calls for voluntary postal vote on marriage equality

Minister says non-compulsory plebiscite would not need Senate approval and be a ‘much cleaner process’ than a private member or Labor bill<p>The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has called for a voluntary postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage, while pushing back against his moderate Liberal …

Peter Dutton

‘Trump effect’ could cost states lost tax revenues

Tax revenues dropped in states across the country in April as wealthy individuals waited for Congress to act on a promise to reform the tax code - a …

Social Justice

Race for political centre is futile, Labor needs to be more progressive

A voter who favours of parties meeting in the middle on negative gearing is wildly different to a one wishing they did on penalty rates<p>Quite often the political debate in this country is about the “sensible centre” – this mythical place that apparently captures the majority of voters. With his …

Social Justice

Protests held in Poland over changes to supreme court

Poland's ruling party today dismissed a growing wave of criticism from key allies and worries at home by approving an overhaul of the Supreme Court …

News (Ireland)

A College Student Complained About Capitalism. When the Prof Was Done With Him, He Was Speechless

Screenshot/ARI/Facebook<p>Dr. Yaron Brook, an Objectivist academic who is Executive Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, was confronted by a college …

Globalization

Why Are the Danes So Happy? Because Their Economy Makes Sense

The waterfront district in Copenhagen. (Photo: John Anes / Flickr)<p>The World Happiness Report puts Danes consistently in the top tier. Twice in the …

Social Justice

How the LGBT Movement Used Fake Science to Push Gay Marriage

In his book “32 Yolks,” Eric Ripert, head chef and owner of Michelin three-starred Le Bernardin in New York City, tells the story of his parents’ …

Parenting

How Low Will the Teachers’ Unions Go?

There’s no depth to which they won’t sink in defense of the public-school monopoly.<p>I am starting to think that the teachers’ unions are incapable of …

Education

How the erosion of faith and family is the source of America's discontent

The 2016 election cycle revealed a deeply unsettled spirit in many Americans. The unease they feel about their future, their families, their …

Social Justice

Kentucky must pay attorney fees for couples who sued Kim Davis

A federal judge ruled Friday that Kentucky taxpayers must foot the bill for more than $220,000 in at...

Social Justice

Gay Marriage Backers Celebrate in Germany: ‘We Don’t Need to Hide’

BERLIN — Esther Thiane, a student in Berlin, does not know yet if she wants to marry a man or a woman — but now she can decide without worrying about the legality of whatever she chooses.<p>Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, signed marriage equality into law on Thursday, and the nation’s …

Social Justice

The BBC pay gap is bad, its class gap is worse

Well, after this week we're certainly better educated and informed about the salaries of its top on-screen personalities.<p>Less entertaining, however, …

Schools

Polarization around new minimum wage

https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7464891-the-spectator-s-view-polarization-around-new-minimum-wage/<p>Experts say a higher minimum wage is good for …

Canadian News

Macomb County clerk wants probe into relocation of court records

Skip in<p>x<p>Embed<p>CLOSE<p>Union leaders hold an informational picket today outside the Macomb County administration building in downtown Mt. Clemens about …

Detroit

Venezuela power struggle intensifies in Supreme Court battle

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The opposition-controlled congress named a slate of new judges Friday replace the government-stacked Supreme Court, which wasted no time in rejecting the move as an ongoing power struggle heats up between President Nicolas Maduro and his foes.<p>Emboldened by a 24-hour …

Venezuela

Researchers have a new theory for why companies are sitting on ungodly piles of cash

It's one of the most important yet least understood sources of ordinary Americans' economic frustration: U.S. companies aren't investing as much as they used to.<p>When corporations don't invest or invest less, they put fewer people to work building factories, making equipment and conducting research. …

News (U.S.)

German President Signs Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage - Bloomberg

Berlin (AP) -- Germany's president has signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, paving the way for it to take effect this fall.<p>Lawmakers approved …

Social Justice

How some rich people are trying to dismantle inequality

Ample research indicates that the growing problem of wealth and income inequality could stunt U.S. economic growth and undermine our democracy while …

Social Justice

Transgender People Are Taking Legal Action Over North Carolina's New Bathroom Law

Several transgender people in North Carolina took action in federal court against the governor and other state officials on Friday over a new law they say restricts access to bathrooms, arguing the policy violates their constitutional and civil rights.<p>This may sound familiar — and you're right. A …

Rights & Freedoms

How Did We Become A Billionaires’ Republic?

<i>This post first appeared at</i> The Nation.A constitution is not intended to embody a particular economic theory,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Oliver …

Social Justice

“Inclusive Capitalism,” Nancy Pelosi, and the Dying Planet

Photo by David Shankbone | CC BY 2.0A recent <i>Washington Post</i> and ABC poll finds that just 37 percent of Americans think that the Democratic Party …

Social Justice

Teachers’ salaries: Too many bucks for the bang?

By Jishnu DasDespite an influential view that countries should increase teachers’ wages sufficiently to be able to attract top college graduates to …

Education

Why Demanding Equality In All Things Makes Us Narcissists

In the 2009 book “The Narcissism Epidemic,” Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell make a convincing case that America is becoming infected with narcissism. …

Conservative POV