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The Great Wage Experiment of 2017

Even though the GOP gained power across the board in last November’s elections, the economic left will start to enjoy the fruits of one major policy victory it secured over several years of hard-fought campaigning.

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The Robot Subsidy Act

A pink slip for workers, and subsidy for the high tech sector.

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The Replacement Continues

We don’t need laws against robots or progress, but we don’t need laws that artificially hasten the elimination of low-skilled employment either.

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Blue Contradictions Coming to the Fore

California moves to hike minimum wage just as the Obama administration warns that low-skilled jobs are highly vulnerable to automation.

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California Plays With Fire

For depressed rural counties, California’s proposed $15 minimum wage is an existential threat.

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How Much Job Loss Is Too Much?

A new paper estimates that recent minimum wage increases have cost about 100,000 to 200,000 jobs nationally.

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Wal-Mart Woes: Perils of the Minimum Wage Hike?

If advocates of a $15 national minimum wage were motivated by evidence rather than ideology, then Wal-Mart’s recent stock slide would give them pause.

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Cuomo Moves to Destroy Upstate New York Economy

A $15 minimum wage sends a clear message to business: Sell New York bonds, stop hiring poor people, and see what you can do to move your company to a more welcoming state.

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Minimum Wage Hike Would Hit Manufacturing Hardest

The $15 dollar minimum movement is a good way to send manufacturers packing, and stop the recent uptick in American manufacturing.

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Minimum Wage Spurs Restaurants to Automate?

Minimum wage hikes were supposed to shore up the blue model economy. Instead, they may be pushing even labor-intensive businesses like restaurants to automate what they can.

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Crude Economics

OPEC and co. hardly have a choice in the matter.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China is moving closer to replacing the United States as a key Pakistani ally.

The Future

Here’s some fodder for your next dinner party.


Hint: It involves leaflets, psy-ops, and calls from Mom.

Libyan Afterparty

America’s top general in Africa has confirmed that Russia is up to new tricks in Libya.


As if holding back America’s schools wasn’t enough….

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