Wiretap: Good news for America’s low-wage workers

It has taken a while, but it looks like low-wage workers at McDonald’s – meaning nearly all the workers at McDonald’s – may have won an important victory. The general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that McDonald’s is a “joint employer,” meaning that the company itself is the real employer of its employees — rather than the individual McDonald’s franchises. As Alec MacGillis writes in the New Republic, this is very good news for America’s low-wage workers, for whom the news, he notes, “has been pretty bleak these past, oh, 30 or 40 years or so.”

Antonin Scalia says he doesn’t read the Washington Post. But if he wants to know what Congress really wanted to do in the way of Obamacare subsidies, he ought to read this. It’s all pretty clear.

Ace reporter Lynn Bartels gets the story again. The Republican Governors Association really did go after Tom Tancredo. And Bob Beauprez swears he knew nothing about it. Via the Denver Post.

How did pot come to be illegal? The New York Times, which has called for legalization, puts the original laws in context. They were about xenophobia and racism.

A Wall Street Journal blog begs to differ with the Times, saying that the science on pot shows the dangers.

The New Yorker’s John Cassidy asks whether Israel is seriously considering going it alone.

David Frum is glad that his fellow Republicans are actually putting forward some solution-oriented ideas, particularly in Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan. The only problem, Frum writes in the Atlantic, is that Ryan is talking about poverty the way it looked 15 years ago — not the way it actually is today.

Suddenly everyone is talking about impeachment, even as John Boehner calls it a Democratic “scam.” Vox gives five reasons for all the talk.

[Vintage photo from George via Flickr/Creative Commons.]

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