Wiretap: Hourly $15 the new eight-hour day

 
William Finnegan takes us inside the nascent fast-food labor movement where activists hope the $15-an-hour wage fight will become the eight-hour day of the 21st century. There is a protest at a New York McDonald’s. In New York, $15 an hour doesn’t go far, but for one worker there it would mean a new pair of work shoes, a coat for her child and a few dollars to send to her mother. Via the New Yorker.

Amy Davidson writes that the Ray Rice video shows what the NFL already should have known: That this is what it looks like when a man beats up a woman. Via the New Yorker.

Vox offers up 8 things you should know about violence against women, including this: 1 in 13 murder victims are killed by their husband or boyfriend.

No matter what you read or hear, it is not 1931 and Barack Obama is not an appeaser. Via the Atlantic.

A new Washington Post poll shows overwhelming support for new bombing in Iraq – and also in Syria — as Obama, whose approval numbers approach an all-time low, prepares his Wednesday speech on how to deal with ISIS.

If you want to know what could doom the death penalty, it’s not that it’s an affront to human dignity, writes Daniel LaChance. It’s that it’s another failed government program. Via the New York Times.

We know that children with married parents do better. But is it because the parents are married – or is it something else? Via the Washington Post.

More than 1,000 party goers trying to return home from Whatever, U.S.A—the Anheuser-Busch takeover of Crested Butte this weekend—were delayed as they all tried to funnel through the tiny airport in Gunnison. Airport and event managers say high volume was to blame, Twitter says it was too many people trying to bring pot on board. Via the Gazette.

Defense lawyers and prosecutors alike agree that courtroom television coverage of the James Holmes trial would just be bad news. Via the Gazette.

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