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

Labor gets aggressive under Tom Perez

politico.com — ldquo;We suck,” Labor Secretary Tom Perez said last week in a roomful of reporters. “We really do.” Perez was talking about the minimum wage. At $7.25, it represents only 37 percent of the median hourly wage, which ranks the U.S. near the bottom in a survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Defining bullshit.

slate.com — "We live in an era of unprecedented bullshit production," observes Laura Penny, author of the forthcoming (and wittily titled) Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit. But what is bullshit, exactly? By which I mean: What are its defining characteristics? What is its Platonic essence? How does...

Ralph Nader warns against GOP Congress

politico.com — Consumer advocate Ralph Nader, whose 2000 Green Party presidential bid left many Democrats smarting, delivered a full-throated warning against a Republican Senate majority. “Even a cursory look at their dozens of House-passed votes [blocked in the Senate] in just their first session in control of the House, paint a clear picture of what full...

Minimum wage gives Democrats a rare edge over GOP

politico.com — For Republicans this year, the minimum wage is the wedge issue from hell. Even as Democrats lurch toward a potentially disastrous midterm election, support for raising the federal minimum wage is resonating with voters. In fact, it may be the only issue on which Democrats are winning: A Pew Research Center poll earlier this year found 90 percent of...

The case against the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

slate.com — Seven people-young relatives and their friends-will stay at my house the weekend of Oct. 30 so they can attend Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" in Washington, D.C. That breaks my previous political-event-based houseguest record, when three people stayed with me to attend Barack Obama's...

Did the U.S. occupation really draw all the anti-American terrorists to Iraq?

slate.com — This is the fifth part in a series of eight exploring why the United States suffered no follow-up terror attacks after 9/11. To read the series introduction, click here. The 9/11 attacks led to a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, whose Taliban regime was sheltering al-Qaida. That made sense. Then it led...

McDonnell's 'family values' fall short

msnbc.com — "What shall it profit a man," the Bible says (Mark 8:36), "if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" In the end, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a 1989 graduate of Pat Robertson's CBN (now Regent) University School of Law, never got to find out.

Al-Qaida's rule of threes.

slate.com — Some jobs just seem impossible to keep filled. Hollywood studio head. United States ambassador to Iraq. Editor of the New York Daily News. Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. To these we must now add "al-Qaida's No. 3 official." John Crimmings, proprietor of...

The most challenging issue facing liberalism today

msnbc.com — No challenge facing liberalism today is more important - or more difficult - than that of reviving the labor movement. Yet liberals show little enthusiasm for this task. The truth is that liberals and labor leaders bear little regard for one another. Such mutual alienation is an indulgence that neither group can afford.

No surprise. Marco Rubio somersaults on Syria

msnbc.com — Sen. Marco Rubio may run for president in 2016, or he may not. The Florida Republican hasn't made up his mind. That's perfectly natural at this early stage. What's not natural is Rubio's inability to make up his mind about anything else. Rubio's latest somersault concerns Syria. On Sept.
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Oct 31, 2014

Morning Shift: Why labor fears McConnell's KY coattails; NNU calls strike.; in the long run we're all Keynesians? politico.com/morningshift/

Oct 31, 2014

Intercontinental Buckhead, I've wronged you. You didn't charge me twice for internet access. I was upset, I didn't know what I was saying...

Oct 30, 2014

And I'll guess, Intercontinental Buckhead, it never occurred to you someone would work at this desk. It's too high--an ergonomic nightmare.

Oct 30, 2014

Really, Intercontinental Buckhead? You're going to charge me twice for Internet access--once in the lobby and a second time in my room?

Oct 30, 2014

RT @resnikoff: The Morning Shift newsletter from @TimothyNoah1 / @MikeElk / @politicomahoney et al is turning into a must read for the labor beat.

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