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Nov 27 2015

Saru Jayaraman on Outlawing the Tipped Minimum Wage

Restaurant worker (cc photo: Daveblog)

There’s a movement to outlaw the “tipped wage” — the idea that a minimum wage of $2.13 is OK, because waitstaff get enough in voluntary tips to make up for it.

Nov 25 2015

‘You Don’t See Big Changes Without Major Scandals’

CounterSpin interview with Nicholas Kusnetz on state government accountability

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“There is definitely some difficult incentives built into it when you have people responsible for creating the laws that are going to oversee themselves. There isn’t a lot of momentum often to make changes.”

Nov 23 2015

‘You Cannot Build a Strong Economy on a Falling Wage Floor’

CounterSpin interview with Holly Sklar on minimum wage economics

Holly Sklar (image:

“You need people to have enough wages to be able to buy what they need. And if you are going to have a growing middle class, you need people to be able to buy more than just the bare necessities.”

Nov 22 2015

Abuse Charges Against a Former Cop Are Disturbing–as Is the Lack of Media Interest

Daniel Holtzclaw

Daniel Holtzclaw evidently selected his victims because he believed no one would care about them. Media shouldn’t prove him right.

Nov 20 2015

David Brooks’ ‘$120,000 Vacation’ Is No Joke

Bosphorus cruise (photo: Thibault Montamat)

Is New York Times columnist David Brooks seriously regaling readers with talk of his “spectacularly expensive hopscotch” on a “self-contained luxury caravan”?

Nov 20 2015

‘You No Longer Have Your Constitutional Right to Civil Jury Trial’

CounterSpin interview with Joanne Doroshow on forced arbitration

Joanne Doroshow (image: Fox News)

“Even though there should be a right to go to court to remedy discrimination, to remedy fraud and abuse, the Court said: We don’t care; if a company wants to force you to arbitrate, that’s OK.”

Nov 20 2015

Jim Naureckas on ISIS Attacks, Janet Redman on Climate Conference Activism

ISIS fighters

The Paris attacks by the group known as ISIS have dominated news outlets, but if the goal really is to prevent the recurrence of such violence, then reporting that eliminates political context can’t be the way forward.

Nov 18 2015

‘We Are in a Whole New Struggle Over the Right to Vote Now’

CounterSpin interview with Ari Berman on Voting Rights

Ari Berman (image: New America)

“In a democracy, we are better off when more people participate and it’s the responsibility of the state, of the government, to get more people involved.”