Sinful Wages: A consumer economy needs consumers. A consumer economy will not grow if the consumers' wages do not grow. Wages in the US – the world's largest consumer-based economy – are not growing. Haven't been for some time. In constant dollars, the median wage has been $500 a week for the last 15 years.. In the last decade, the top one percent got 43% of all wage gains. For a variety of reasons, but mainly the death of unions and the shipment of jobs overseas, wages in the US have become a take it or leave it proposition for most workers.
Judgment Day: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (who has other problems) has been invited to appear in federal court to explain how it is that he gets to ignore the Supreme Court.
Civics Lesson: In much of the US, if a traffic stop ends with you just getting a ticket, you are lucky. You could be dead - especially if you chose to be black. Or have all your money legally stolen by the cops. If you want to survive, do exactly what you are told, when you are told to do it and do absolutely nothing else. Insisting on your rights can result in you being silent for the rest of eternity. Maybe it was always this way, just the reporting is better.
Either: Libor rate rigging convicted criminal mastermind Tom Hayes’s bosses at Citi and UBS were either complicit or stupid, and they're not stupid.
Kneejerks: New Hampshire and Alabama are rushing to defund Planned Parenthood based on complete and total ignorance, and without considering what will happen to the millions of non-abortion seeking clients who depend on their clinics.
Squeaking Wheel: A new bill would permit any veteran entitled to VA healthcare yo seek government-paid care outside the VA system. Quite why we have this particular slice of a single-payer system is a mystery to me. Yes, veterans who were wounded in the military should be cared for by the government. But short of that, just having served was either (a) a civic duty or (b) a job. Neither should automatically include free healthcare for life – it was and is a political boondoggle. One of many that a true single-payer system could end.
Running Tab: At the Phoenix Convention Center, 4,200 came out to hear Trump. A week later, 11,000 came out to cheer Sanders.
Success: A federal appellate court has ruled that the Texas voter identification law discriminates against blacks and Hispanics because it was specifically designed to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics.
Recall: Which Republican debutant at the Fox beauty pageant had the best position on climate change?