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Despite Improvement, Complaint Backlog at DOL Wage and Hour Division is Worse than Under Bush

The staff of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor are tasked with investigating worker complaints to make sure that workers aren’t being abused by employers who exploit labor laws — by withholding pay, by refusing to grant overtime, by employing child labor, and otherwise exploiting people who are desperate for […]

The Can Kicks Back Throws Students Under its “Millenial” Bus

Although the DC beltway political corporation called The Can Kicks Back was funded by an elderly billionaire, it says it acts on behalf of the millenial generation of young people just getting their start in life.

Although The Can Kicks Back got started with an advisory board made up entirely of elderly rich white men, […]

Jim Rickards’ Prediction of Dire Economic Collapse has 8 Days Left Before it Expires

Last month, Peregrin Wood noted the many predictions of “economic expert” Jim Rickards that had gone wrong in the past:

“He’s addicted to predicting imminent doom. He’s quoted in an article from October 2014 as predicting that another ‘Great Recession’ is ‘about to strike.’ In September 2013, however, he told a crowd of potential investors […]

The $140 Humidifier, Minus $110

The Sharper Image is trying to sell me a small one-room humidifier for $140:

What am I missing? I could spend $140 on this gadget, or buy a $15 teakettle and a $15 pot (and chances are, between you and me, that I already have these in my kitchen. With the teakettle, I could […]

For Jeb Bush, A Very Different Class Of Kickstarter

The cost of attending a dinner with Jeb Bush tonight is a $25,000 donation. That’s ten thousand dollars more than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year. […]

Congressional Republicans Introduce Bill To Cut Wages For Working Americans

As our writer Jim has documented, the minimum wage in the United States has dropped over the last five years by 75 cents, while the wealth of corporations has skyrocketed, and chief executives are making hundreds of times more than their companies’ average workers are. The facts are plain: Companies are directing the wealth they […]

In the Last 5 Years, the U.S. Minimum Wage Dropped 75 cents an hour

Over the last five years, the real U.S. minimum wage has dropped 75 cents an hour. This is true even though nominally speaking, from 2009 to 2014 the U.S. minimum wage has remained at $7.25.

The above paragraph may seem paradoxical, but it isn’t. The two statements are resolved by noting the difference between “real […]

Richard Shelby Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Encourage State Of Perpetual War

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, proposed a new amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The constitutional amendment introduced through S.J. Res. 9 would allow the U.S. Congress to pass a budget with deficit spending only if the United States is at war.

The amendment is being […]

Is This A Satanic Bill From Republicans In Congress?

Christian literalists warn to be on the lookout for anything that incorporates the number 666, because “666 is the number, or name, of the wild beast with seven heads and ten horns that comes out of the sea.” You may be thinking, “What beast with seven heads and ten horns that comes out of the […]

Jeb Bush Tours Wealthy Influence Peddlers

Next week, Jeb Bush begins a fundraising push in the wood-panneled dining room of the posh Hotel Duval in Tallahassee, Florida, pictured below. Then, he flies off to an evening reception at the home of Henry Kravis, of the multinational private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company. […]

On Super Bowl Sunday, Time for a Legislative Gut Check

Number of years that the federal minimum wage has been in decline, accounting for inflation: 6

Number of American workers earning the federal minimum wage or less: 3.3 million

Number of bills before the 114th Congress to raise the federal minimum wage: 1

Number of Congressional cosponsors for legislation to raise the minimum wage: 19

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