Blog Post by: Moshe Marvit , on November 19, 2013
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Unite Here Local 355 v. Martin Mulhall et al., which will decide the legality of neutrality agreements —assurances that employers will support a union's right to organize.
Blog Post by: Kyle Bella , on November 19, 2013
This April, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was reintroduced in the Senate and it passed 64-32 on November 7, 2013. Unlike previous versions of the bill, specific protections for transgender employees were included for the first time. This is good news, but there is still ground to cover when it comes to LGBT workers' rights and the effects of discrimination on our economy. Blogger Kyle Bella investigates.
Blog Post by: Mark Thoma , on November 18, 2013
Fellow Mark Thoma's most recent article at CBSNews.com's MoneyWatch takes a look at how the Federal Reserve has freed up money to help the economy, by using a few techniques such as quantitative easing. Namely, the Fed's "primary duties are to pursue its dual mandate for maximum employment and stable prices," writes Thoma.
Blog Post by: Patrick Radden Keefe , on November 18, 2013
Syria, under the regime of Bashar al-Assad, is currently one of the most dangerous places for journalists, with 50 reporters killed and many more missing in conflict, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Because of the ongoing civil war, and al-Assad’s bans on the international press, it has been extremely difficult for members of the international press to report from the conflict.
Blog Post by: Greg Anrig , on November 15, 2013
Today, the New York Times published an analogy between Hurricane Katrina and the rollout of Healthcare.gov, much to the chagrin of commentators and other media. TCF's Greg Anrig addresses the backlash, showing one underlying comparison: conservative stalwarts.
Blog Post by: Jessi Stafford , on November 15, 2013
#TCFBest is back after a one-week hiatus — and there is much news to discuss. The education crisis in America’s schools gets a rebranding campaign, one focusing on systemic poverty rather than blaming individuals. The Fed may have rescued us from another recession, and the near future might just contain all surveillance, all the time.
Blog Post by: Benjamin Landy , on November 14, 2013
For the first six months of 2013, things were looking up for Americans with student debt. The student loan delinquency rate fell for two quarters in a row, from a high of 11.7 percent at the end of 2012 to 10.9 percent in the second quarter of 2013. But don’t break out the champagne just yet.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported today that the percentage of student loan balances 90 or more days delinquent reversed course last quarter, climbing to a 20-year high of 11.8 percent. That's more than double the delinquency rate during the mid-2000s, suggesting that the improving economy has done little to help the millions of Americans still struggling with soaring college tuition and ever-costlier student loans.
Blog Post by: Allison Good , on November 14, 2013
President Barack Obama appeared in New Orleans on Friday to deliver a speech on the economy, and to urge Louisiana to expand Medicaid coverage. While national media focused on the Commander in Chief’s healthcare plan, the backdrop against which he spoke—the Port of New Orleans—is equally as important. Blogger Allison Good discusses the benefits of the Panama Canal expansion for some port cities, though the benefits are not for all.
Blog Post by: Harold Pollack , on November 13, 2013
In the Washington Post's Wonkblog fellow Harold Pollack lays out the health effects of nuclear tests, which can last for decades. In particular, Pollack examines the health impacts of nuclear accidents, for example, as well as legal changes that came with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The article also pays homage to Russian physicist Andrei Sakharov, the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, who eventually fought for human rights in the former Soviet Union.
Blog Post by: Zachary Bernstein , on November 13, 2013
As part of the deal to end the government shutdown, the House and Senate are now working together to come up with a joint budget — Medicare and Social Security are sure to be part of that discussion. Many progressives argue benefits paid by Americans for their whole working lives should not change, either by modifying cost-of-living increases, cutting benefits or raising the retirement age (which wouldn’t actually do much good for the budget).
However, there may be a way to ensure these programs have the funds to continue paying future beneficiaries without taking anything away from current retirees.
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