Social Issues

The White House is only telling you half of the sad story of what happened to American jobs

Navarro is the guy the arrows are pointing to. Reuters<p><b>The Trump administration's timeline on the decline of American workers starts in the late 1990s with the rise of China.</b><p><b>That thinking overlooks the impact of spending cuts, deregulation, and a shift to shareholder primacy at the expense of</b> …

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These universities are the America’s engines of upward mobility—and they’re sputtering

Degrees from fancy schools do help catapult individual poor kids into the uppermost income bracket. Yet the most-efficient engines of American upward mobility are a slew of mid-tier public institutions like the City University of New York, California State-Los Angeles, and the University of …

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Donald Trump promises to 'take care' of middle class in planned tax-code overhaul

Donald Trump said he intended to "take care" of middle class Americans in his planned overhaul of the tax code.<p>Mired in an effort to repeal Obamacare, the President suggested his next domestic priority would be cutting taxes.<p>“The people I care most about are the middle-income people in this …

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How Democrats Could Actually Offer ‘A Better Deal’

Democrats are focusing like a laser beam on reversing wage stagnation and encouraging good-paying, full-time jobs.<p>Senate Minority Leader Charles …

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A Deadline Is Coming For Jeff Sessions To Weigh In On A Big Gay Rights Case

The Justice Department could weigh in on a major gay-rights case before a federal appeals court ahead of a court-imposed deadline this week, either fortifying or resisting a legal argument that longstanding civil rights laws ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.<p>Taking a stand …

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Americans: Getting By, But Not Getting Ahead

Despite a growing economy and the lowest U.S. unemployment rate in 16 years, things aren’t looking up for many Americans — financial fragility is especially an issue for people with low incomes and for minorities, according to the new 2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard.<p><b>Getting By, But Not Getting …

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Frontrunner For U.S. Senate Seat In Alabama Calls Islam A 'False Religion'

Roy Moore said Islam isn't compatible with U.S. law. Now a Muslim group has invited him to visit a mosque.<p>A U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice told voters this week that Islam is a “false religion.”<p>Republican Roy Moore — the frontrunner in Alabama’s Aug. 15 special …

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Fast-Food Industry Schedule Rules Helps Some Working Poor At The Expense Of Others

New York City is the latest city to impose new schedule regulations on fast-food restaurants. Under the New York City rule, fast-food restaurant managers must provide workers with their schedules two weeks in advance, pay them extra for any changes after that, give workers at least 11 hours off …

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Couple who stayed at Italian guest house that said 'no gays or animals' compare it to 'Nazi messages'

A gay couple has been refused entry at a guesthouse in Italy after its owner told them it does not “accept gays and animals”.<p>The pair who are from …

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The Five Crazy Liberal Things Seattle Has Done This Year, And What One Group Is Doing To Fight Back

Starbucks, rainy weather, Nirvana, Boeing, and the Seahawks are just a few of the notable things that come to mind when Americans think of Seattle, …

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Closing the 'Empathy Gap'

Donald Trump’s election has riveted attention on blue-collar voters, whose economic and social woes—and discontent with the status quo—gave Mr. Trump his margin of victory. It is this group that Henry Olsen discusses in “The Working Class Republican,” an attempt to understand the future of …

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Trump Promises Middle Class Tax Break

“On the day the Senate moved on long-promised health-care legislation, President Trump signaled his next priority: overhauling the tax code to push …

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Rise in drug deaths due to 1980s inequality, study finds

<b>Rising inequality during the 1980s increased the risk of drug-related deaths among members of "Generation X" in Scotland, a new study has found.</b><p>Researchers found the "social, economic and political contexts of the 1980s" may have caused an increase in drug deaths in the following years.<p>The new …

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SA has world’s most progressive tax structure – but it’s not reducing poverty

<i>CAPE TOWN — As South Africans working in tax exempt and low-tax countries grow increasingly edgy at impending domestic legislation set to hit their</i> …

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LGBT group asks Civil Rights Commission for legal protections

LANSING, MI - Advocacy group Equality Michigan this week asked the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to interpret a current prohibition on sex …

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Who’s Afraid of the White Working Class?: On Joan C. Williams’s White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America

<i>This essay first appeared in</i> Los Angeles Review of Books. <i>David Roediger's</i> Class, Race, and Marxism <i>is out now.</i><p>“The White Working Class” — as a phrase …

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Marriage Matters

For today’s progressives, marriage doesn’t matter when it comes to fighting poverty in America. Melissa Boteach and Anusha Ravi of the Center for …

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Working class graduates are being held back: My Wigan Pier Story

Frankie Leach, 20, is a student, from Whalley Range. She tells Claire Donnelly about the barriers working-class graduates face - and why her …

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The Central Contradiction of the Democrats’ “Better Deal”

Eight months after their devastating loss to Donald Trump, Democrats have finally decided to coalesce around a core message to strengthen their …

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There IS something Republicans can learn from Democrats, after all

There IS something Republicans can learn from Democrats after all<p>Posted July 25, 2017 03:12 PM by Daniel Horowitz<p>Font Size<br>• A<br>• A<br>• A<p>Print Images<p>The …

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One depressing reason millions of people are locked out of the American Dream

Millions of families are living in perpetual financial insecurity.<p>Low-income families are still unable to accrue enough savings to see themselves through a period of joblessness. Some 37% of those households are “liquid asset poor,” based on the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, meaning they don’t …

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A 21st-century form of indentured servitude has already penetrated deep into the American heartland

Corporations want to make sure that laborers never again have the power to tell big business how to treat them<p>Indentured servitude is back in a big way in the United States, and conservative corporatists want to make sure that labor never, ever again has the power to tell big business how to treat …

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Five Theories Explaining Why Mike Pence is Dressing Like Donald Trump

When we first met Mike Pence, he was the God-fearing, jacket-buttoning Governor of Indiana who had just won the Miss Vice Presidential contest. Donald J. Trump chose Pence from “central casting,” he kept repeating, meaning that Pence looked like the movie version of a vice president—clean-cut, …

Social Justice

Tennessee judge rules gay couples have equal parental rights

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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 …

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Bill Shorten's inequality pitch has rustled the jimmies of conservatives

Those who dispute the problem of inequality, rather like climate change deniers, focus on the short term. But, as the graphs show, the long-term trend is clear<p>Greg Jericho is a Guardian Australia columnist<p>The response to Bill Shorten’s move to make inequality front and centre of his re-election …

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Facebook Cafeteria Workers Unionize to Fight Inadequate Pay

While Zuckerberg tours blue collar towns in Iowa, Facebook cafeteria workers point to their own struggles<p>500 cafeteria workers at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park elected to unionize last Friday, the Guardian Reports, as some called their pay inadequate for the local cost of living. Meanwhile, …

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The American middle class is becoming smaller — and wealthier — than its European equivalent

If you have the nagging sense that income inequality is getting worse in the United States, some new data from Pew Research shows you're not imagining things.<p>An analysis that weighs the U.S. against 11 countries in Western Europe shows that America holds the tiniest middle class, with just 59% of …

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This Story About Facebook Workers in Menlo Park Is Depressing as Hell

In his recent adventures beyond the valley, Mark Zuckerberg has made a point of hammering on the issue of income inequality, saying the US should …

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Chuck Schumer: A Better Deal for American Workers

Americans are clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our economy. They feel, rightfully, that both systems are rigged against them, and they made that clear in last year’s election. American families deserve a better deal so that this country works for everyone again, not just the elites …

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The Left’s Opportunity in Wisconsin

“Prosperity hasn’t always come easily,” Barack Obama told the people of Janesville, Wisconsin, in 2008. At that point a candidate in the Democratic …

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