Author, The Great Divergence, and labor policy editor at Politico. Previously with New Republic (TRB column), Slate, WSJ, Washington Monthly, etc.

Why Barack Obama gave short shrift to his biggest wage proposal

politico.com — In a speech with multiple references to “middle-class economics” President Barack Obama made only glancing mention of his most significant policy to boost wages. That may be because it’s stirring tensions not only between businesses and liberals, but also between liberals and the Obama administration. “Nothing helps families...

U.S. economy adds 252K jobs in December

politico.com — The economy added 252,000 jobs in December, the Labor department reported Friday, down from November’s robust increase of 321,000 jobs. Unemployment was 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November. Average hourly private-sector earnings were down 5 cents, down from November’s 6-cent increase. Analysts had predicted job growth of about...

Why the Democrats Need Labor Again

politico.com — Thomas Geoghegan is a labor lawyer and sometime journalist and author best known for his 1991 book, Which Side Are You On? Trying To Be For Labor When It’s Flat On Its Back. Geoghegan’s new book, Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs A New Kind of Labor Movement, is a sort of sequel.

(X) "Albert Shanker, Statesman" by Timothy Noah, The New Republic, Monday, June 24th, 1985

Labor's big comeback

politico.com — After a brutal battering in the midterms, organized labor will conclude 2014 with the wind at its back - thanks to two out-of-the-way corners of the Obama administration whose default posture in recent memory has been paralysis. The agencies in question are the National Labor Relations Board and the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division....

Biden to join Women Rule Summit

politico.com — ARLINGTON, Va. - POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation announced Friday that Vice President Joe Biden will take part in the keynote conversation for the 2014 Women Rule Summit on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The summit will be a culmination of Women Rule's yearlong conversation about women in leadership.

U.S. adds jobs in November

politico.com — The unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in November, unchanged from October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. The economy added 321,000 jobs, considerably more than the 214,000 in October or the average monthly gain of 224,000 over the past 12 months. Analysts had expected job growth of only about 230,000, according to a Bloomberg survey...

Does the Media Care About Labor Anymore?

politico.com — Steven Greenhouse, the labor correspondent for the New York Times, took a buyout this week. That decision immediately reduced by 50 percent the number of reporters at major U.S. newspapers who cover labor full-time-even as the dismal situation of the American worker becomes a central preoccupation for American politicians and policymakers.

Does the Media Care About Labor Anymore?

politico.com — Steven Greenhouse, the labor correspondent for the New York Times, took a buyout this week. That decision immediately reduced by 50 percent the number of reporters at major U.S. newspapers who cover labor full-time-even as the dismal situation of the American worker becomes a central preoccupation for American politicians and policymakers.

What does "off the record" mean?

slate.com — Marcus Brauchli, editor of the Washington Post, was revealed this week to have misled Politico and the New York Times-inadvertently, he claims-when he said that information gleaned from controversial "salons" that the Post planned to charge lobbyists $25,000 to $250,000 to attend (with Post reporters and government officials as bait)...
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Jan 25, 2015

"What eez thees theeng you Amedicans call the Syooper Bowl?"--Robert Shaw as a Mossad agent in Black Sunday (1977). m.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZnhCc…

Jan 25, 2015

.@JenSeniorNY: Congressional GOPers won't give their constituents the paid leave they give their own staff. nytimes.com/2015/01/25/opi…

Jan 24, 2015

Ironic that SkyMall may be about to die, given that @RonRosenbaum1 once wrote SkyMall itself was all ABOUT death. slate.me/15zhPwz

Jan 23, 2015

Morning Shift: More on McDonalds civil rights joint employer suit; minimum wage & profits; right to work & wages. politico.com/morningshift/

Jan 23, 2015

@irin Not a bad name for a morning Mike Wallace-style TV interview show! "Today in the breakfast seat, Mitch McConnell..."

Jan 23, 2015

When young and foolish I wrote that Peggy Charren was a threat to free speech. She was right, I was wrong. RIP. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/23/art…

Jan 22, 2015

Tony Verna, who invented instant replay, RIP. Tony Verna, who invented instant replay, RIP. mobile.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/spo…

Jan 22, 2015

Morning Shift: Fast food civil rights lawsuit against McDonald's; the Democrats' factories problem; SEIU heart CAP. politi.co/1Fjz5D0

Jan 21, 2015

.@brooks_rosa autocompletes the State of the Union according to Google. It isn't pretty. foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/21/the…

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