Paid family and medical leave is about time. Time to care for a new child. Time to help an ailing loved one. Time to handle a serious illness without sacrificing your income or your job.
We all deserve fair and family friendly workplaces, and our nation is at a tipping point. Here’s why:
In the United States, salaried employees making over $23,660 a year have no guarantee of overtime pay. They make “too much” to qualify, so companies can make them work overtime for no additional pay.
If it seems crazy that $23,660 counts as “making too much”, it’s because it is. It’s a threshold that was set in the 70’s, and hasn’t been adjusted for inflation since. What used to be a good salary in the era of disco and bell bottom jeans is now under the poverty line for a family of four.
Far right conspiracists are pushing the absurd idea that an upcoming Army exercise is actually a fiendish plot by President Obama to declare martial law and take over Texas.
But rather than dismiss these crazies as the morons they are, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is deploying the National Guard to "keep watch" on the Army!
It's nuts, it's a colossal waste of money, and it's stoking the fires of the most insidious idiocy of the Republican far right base.
Remember when Ted Cruz filibustered for 21 hours against the Obamacare and caused a government shutdown? Now that he is in need of a new insurance plan, guess where he’s turning...the Obamacare exchange.
That’s right. After Cruz’s wife decided to take a leave of absence from her cushy Goldman Sachs jobs, the Cruz family was forced to find a new health insurance plan. And he is shopping for it on the same federal exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act (aka, "Obamacare").
While California is currently in the midst of the worst drought it has ever faced, the multi-national Nestle Corporation is pumping tens of millions of gallons of water a year -- on a permit that expired in the 1980s.
Why was this allowed to happen? The U.S. Forest Service said their permit system has been too backlogged to notice Nestle was working on an expired permit.
Forced child marriage among the Syrian refugee population in Jordan is rising sharply1as more and more families see child marriage as a way to lessen their financial burden and protect girls from sexual violence.
Front-line agencies are working hard to stem the tide of child marriages with education and protection programs, but are heavily underfunded. America can help change this, if we take action.
The Logan Act is a law that's been on the books since 1799. Here is what it states:
Republican leaders in Congress pushed through a bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline – and President Obama has used his veto pen to stop it.
Here are the facts about Keystone: