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Digest for June 28th through July 1st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for June 28th through July 1st:

  • The Resilient Minority Wage Gap – At the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” almost 50 years ago, black leaders called for “decent housing, adequate and integrated education, a federal jobs program for full employment, and a national minimum wage of more than $13 an hour in today’s dollars. Greg Kaufmann at The Nation tells us how far we’ve failed to come.
  • Gay marriage? Ca-ching! – The very same day that the Supreme Court handed down rulings in favor of marriage equality, popular wedding site The Knot premiered its digital magazine for LGBT brides- and grooms-to-be. It was a powerful reminder: There's a lot of money to be made on gay marriage. Same-sex weddings will bring California businesses $492 million in the next three years, according to one recent estimate. In 2004, Forbes predicted that if legalized in all states, same-sex weddings could generate $16.8 billion from LGBT couples who decided to get hitched. It’s already an estimated $55 to $70 billion industry. Major brands have begun to take note.
  • Tell the Roberts’ Court Five—the civil rights movement is still alive – John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States of America Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., as the head honcho of the Gang of Five on the Supreme Court who decided to gut parts of the Voting Rights Act, on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, has signed, sealed and delivered his legacy.

    He and his minions—Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr—can be enshrined in wing-nut Hades forever, but I'm here to say, it ain't gonna stop us.

  • The Marriage of Libertarians and Racists – The modern Republican Party and its chic libertarians have dallied with white supremacists as a political necessity, because blacks and other minorities have rallied to the Democrats due to their better civil rights record. But the Right’s dancing with the racist devil is not new. It’s as old as the Founding, writes Robert Parry.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: The Court’s Global Message on DOMA – America has always been a beacon for those unable to live a life of liberty, and the gay marriage ruling sends a strong signal to other countries.
  • The US Supreme Court Thinks Racism Is Dead. It Isn’t – In 1999 apartheid's last leader, FW de Klerk, explained to me his motivation for writing an autobiography. "I wanted people to look at our history in its proper time frame. The same mistakes that we made were still being made in the United States and the ex-colonies. Then we carried them on for around 20 years longer.
  • Eurozone unemployment hits fresh high – Janina Riley noticed a woman muttering behind her in the checkout line as she paid for food at a Giant Eagle grocery store in Pittsburgh last April.

    "I can't believe she's buying that big-ass cake with food stamps," the woman said, according to Riley.

    Riley, 19, had just used a government-issued debit card to pay for most of her groceries, which included a cake for her son that said "Happy First Birthday Xavier" in a theme from the movie "Cars." She glared at the women for a second, then decided to confront her.

    "I was just like, 'Shut the fuck up,'" Riley said. "You don't know what I'm doing with these food stamps."

    But many Americans do not want to let people on food stamps eat cake.

  • We must hate our children – Next time you’re watching a college graduation, as you look out over the sea of caps and gowns, make sure you notice the ball and chain most graduates are wearing as they march onstage to receive their diplomas. That’s student loan debt, which at over $1 trillion tops credit card debt in the U.S. today. The average burden is $28,000, but add in their credit cards and they’re graduating with an average of $35,000 in debt. It’s no wonder that people who’ve paid off their student loan debt are 36 percent more likely to own homes than those who haven’t, according to new research by the One Wisconsin Now Institute and Progress Now.
  • Class-Based Affirmative Action Is Not the Answer – Whether you’re for affirmative action or against it, you can’t understand the political importance of the debate you’ve taken a side in without understanding the economic context in which that debate has taken place
  • Get Ready for More GOP Race Baiting – Get ready for more GOP race baiting, says Michael Tomasky.

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