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Friday, March 23, 2018

Democrats’ Missing Voters: Young, Diverse, Working-Class (And Mostly Liberal)

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 are already under the microscope.

Did Kamala Harris cozy up to the Israel lobby by speaking “off record” to AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington last week? (Sounds like it, according to The Intercept.)

Did Mark Warner sell out to Wall Street by voting to water down Dodd-Frank bank regulations? (No: Warner, a tech entrepreneur, has always had a Wall Street soul.)

Did Kirsten Gillibrand throw Al Franken under the bus? (Maybe not, but I know some women in Minnesota who won’t vote for her.)

But what the candidates stand for (and against) is arguably less important at this early juncture than the campaign strategies they choose to pursue.…

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Four Common Myths About Women’s Pay Gap

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The existence of the gender pay gap is a well-documented fact. Respected institutions from the Pew Research Center to the Senate Joint Economic Committee confirm that American women make about 77 cents to the average man’s dollar. For women of color, the disparity is even steeper. Yet conservatives and anti-feminists insist the research is flawed or that it ignores social factors separating men and women. At the current rate at which women’s pay is improving, the World Economic Forum says it will take 200 years to close the gender pay gap worldwide.

This makes it more urgent than ever that we debunk myths about the falsity of the gender pay gap.…

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What The Dow Jones Average Doesn’t Tell Us

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


Language matters. For example, the way our society’s leaders choose to comment on the health of America’s economy can either make clear to us commoners what’s going on — or obfuscate, hide and even lie about the reality we face.

Consider that the most common measurement that the media, politicians and corporations use to tell us whether our economy is zooming or sputtering is Wall Street’s index of stock prices. The media literally spews out some number every hour indicating that the Dow Jones Average of stock prices is up, down or sluggish — as though everyone is waiting breathlessly for that news.…

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