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

Exxon-Mobil, Bush, and global warming. — Al Gore is celebrating Earth Day by accusing President Bush of jettisoning Robert Watson, head of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, at the behest of an oil company. In an April 21 New York Times op-ed, Gore wrote: ExxonMobil has been allowed to veto the United States...

Marco Rubio Flunks History — From a Jan. 29 New York Times Magazine Q and A with Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), everybody's favorite choice for vice president (though he isn't endorsing anyone and tells the Times "I'm not going to be the vice-presidential nominee"): After you became the first Cuban-American speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, in 2006, your mentor, Jeb Bush, presented you with a sword.

Banner jobs year gets even bigger — The economy added 257,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department reported Friday, up from December's increase of 252,000 jobs. Unemployment was 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent in December. Analysts had predicted job growth of about 230,000, an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent, and an increase in hourly earnings of 0.3 percent, according to a Bloomberg...

Why Barack Obama gave short shrift to his biggest wage proposal — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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...
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Mar 03, 2015

I interview Thomas Geoghegan about his new book, "Only One Thing Can Save Us," on @bloggingheads.

Mar 03, 2015

Morning Shift: Sen. Tom Perez?; does poverty make you sick?; former Obama aide Pagano lobbies against joint employer.…

Mar 02, 2015

Morning Shift: WI likely r-t-w by Friday; WV won't be r-t-w this year; high incarceration rate = high unemployment.…

Feb 26, 2015

Not content to kill living people only, ISIS kills dead people by smashing evidence of their existence and worth.

Feb 26, 2015

NR's @jimgeraghty: Walker's ISIS crack "insulting to the [union] protesters, [whom] I take no pleasure in defending."

Feb 26, 2015

The coffee at that place is just OK but the cups are really tasty.…

Feb 25, 2015

Abercrombie & Fitch, bedeviler of school dress codes, defends no-hijab policy at Supreme Court, by @marianne_levine

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