Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for Fighting Sexual Violence The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to two campaigners against wartime sexual violence: Dr. Denis Mukwege, 63, a Congolese gynecological surgeon; and Nadia Murad, 25, who became the bold voice of the women who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State. The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the two were given the award “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.” Dr. Mukwege campaigned relentlessly to shine a spotlight on the plight of Congolese …Continue reading →
If the Fed is Raising Interest Rates Because of the Growth in Non-Wage Compensation, It is Badly Mistaken The NYT ran a piece saying that the Federal Reserve Board is raising interest rates, in spite of weak wage growth, because of the more rapid growth in non-wage compensation.If this is true, then its policy is badly mistaken. The piece tells readers: “The average worker received 32 percent of total compensation in benefits including bonuses, paid leave and company contributions to insurance and retirement plans in the second quarter of 2018. That was up from 27 percent in 2000, federal data …Continue reading →
Political nonprofits must now name many of their donors under federal court ruling after Supreme Court declines to intervene Advocacy groups pouring money into independent campaigns to impact this fall’s midterm races must disclose many of their political donors beginning this week after the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to intervene in a long-running case. The high court did not grant an emergency request to stay a ruling by a federal judge in Washington who had thrown out a decades-old Federal Election Commission regulation allowing nonprofit groups to keep their donors secret unless they had earmarked their money for certain …Continue reading →
Happy weekend birdies! One of the Strongest Progressives Is Facing a Primary Challenger Invoking Identity and Change. Will She Unseat Him? A different type of race is taking shape in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District, a seat comprised of downtown Boston and surrounding suburbs. Though media outlets across the country have labeled the Pressley challenge in Massachusetts as the “next Ocasio-Cortez,” the race differs from other progressive challenges to entrenched Democrats: Pressley’s policy positions are frequently indistinguishable from her opponent. In a race between two similarly positioned politicians, how important is identity? The challenge to Capuano raises …Continue reading →
Sen. Bernie Sanders may not be endorsing his own son’s congressional bid, but he rallied on a hot Monday night in Maryland to fire up voters for Ben Jealous’ campaign for governor.
The senator, known for his reluctance to endorse politicians, joined the former NAACP president outside an early voting center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“I am proud to be here because Ben is one of those leaders who is not going to be nibbling around the edges, but understands we have got to transform the economic and political life of this country,” Sanders said in a plaza outside the voting center as a crowd of supporters cheered. Jealous stood by his side.
Jealous has been tied in recent polls with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker in Maryland’s Democratic primary to challenge popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.
Jealous and Sanders share support for tuition-free college and expanding Medicare to all. Sanders also praised Jealous for supporting a $15 minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.
Sanders also said he wanted to see Jealous become governor to be a loud voice against President Donald Trump in nearby Washington, D.C.
“And when the president of the United States continues to do outrageous things, like separating children from their parents, I want Mr. Trump to hear Ben Jealous’ loud voice,” Sanders said as supporters, many of them young adults, cheered.