Overtime!

If true, this is big news: the Department of Labor may propose a rule that will increase the percentage of the workforce eligible for overtime. The rate, set at $23,660, will double to $52,000. Policy Mic quotes EPI’s example: <blockquote[A]n assistant manager at a fast-food restaurant with a salary of $24,000 and who spends 95%… More Overtime!

“Post-terror” world, my fanny

Boy, we sure love personalities, don’t we? Musicians, actors, politicians, even traitors (to quote Dana Perino) like Edward Snowden, who has never stopped being the story about the American surveillance state. Very well. Let’s recap what we learned from the man whom Charles Pierce calls the International Man of Luggage: Rather than transmitting information to… More “Post-terror” world, my fanny

Spy and punishment

No, domestic spying does not go on. Why worry? The FBI breached its own internal rules when it spied on campaigners against the Keystone XL pipeline, failing to get approval before it cultivated informants and opened files on individuals protesting against the construction of the pipeline in Texas, documents reveal. Internal agency documents show for… More Spy and punishment

Elizabeth Warren: ‘possible to punch holes in Dodd Frank without directly repealing it’

The struggle over giving ‘fast track’ legislation to the Trans Pacific Partnership has another dimension. Central to Elizabeth Warren and other’s problems with TPP is a piece called Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ISDS. This is “neutral international arbitration mechanism that creates a stable legal environment, facilitating investments in countries where investors might fear unfair legal… More Elizabeth Warren: ‘possible to punch holes in Dodd Frank without directly repealing it’

Democrats ‘stunned’ by intensity of lobbying mounted by White House

Katrina vanden Heuvel is not my favorite representative from the left, but this column nails it: It has come to this. To sell his trade treaty — specifically the fast-track trade authority that would grease the skids for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), President Obama is mobilizing a coalition anchored by corporate lobbies,… More Democrats ‘stunned’ by intensity of lobbying mounted by White House

Which would you choose — a hard or soft option?

How long will this woman , Cynthia Louis, wait in line to vote for Rick Scott’s Republican successor in 2018? Louis, 57, has been unemployed since fall of 2013. Before then, the mother of three worked for Burger King for nearly 25 years, preparing and serving breakfast and lunch to Miami customers. “Work is fun… More Which would you choose — a hard or soft option?

Warning to Dems: scuttle the Iran deal and we’ll cut you

Ari Rabin-Havt has a blunt warning for Democrats who align with the Republicans voting for Senator Bob Corker’s bill giving Congress the right to approve the Security Council’s negotiation with Iran: Senators with a D after their names should take heed of the warning progressive groups sent and look to history, aware that this vote,… More Warning to Dems: scuttle the Iran deal and we’ll cut you

On compulsory voting

A lot of chatter today about compulsory voting based on comments the president purportedly said and have as usual caused the rogues gallery to go to DEFCON 2. To “have a conversation” about compulsory voting is moot. If every man and woman who qualified (including felons in Florida), state and federal elections would shift leftward… More On compulsory voting