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Did One Of Romney's Housekeepers Make a Cameo in RNC Video?

Did One Of Romney’s Housekeepers Make a Cameo in RNC Video?

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 1:22PM

The video featured the Romney family inside their home several times but in one of the scenes a women who appears to be working for the family in the background was simply ignored.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Romney's Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

Romney’s Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

by Imara Jones on August 30 2012, 9:57AM

Romney doesn’t have enough white support to win. But he knows how to get it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

GOP to America: 'We Built It.' But Who's the We?

GOP to America: ‘We Built It.’ But Who’s the We?

by Imara Jones on August 27 2012, 1:15PM

As the Republican National Convention kicks off this week, the question remains: What’s Romney’s economic plan, and who’s it actually for?

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, /NOW

Actress Amy Poehler Stars in California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights PSA

Actress Amy Poehler Stars in California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights PSA

by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2012, 12:21PM

Actress Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation) has taken the bill’s message and filmed a PSA in support of the passage of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

It's Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

It’s Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

by Imara Jones on August 13 2012, 8:31AM

Though abhorrent, Ryan’s ideas are not new. Touted as an attempt to rescue America’s future, they’re ripped right out of America’s past.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

by Imara Jones on August 6 2012, 3:06PM

The division between the 99 percent and the 1 percent extends to the U.S. Olympic team. The United States sent 529 athletes to compete in 25 sports. The gaping income inequality seen in the wider society is stark even amongst…

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Olympics

Why Chick-fil-A Hasn't Reconciled Itself With the Future of America

Why Chick-fil-A Hasn’t Reconciled Itself With the Future of America

by Imara Jones on August 3 2012, 12:00PM

The company president’s LGBT politics are in line with the region where it makes all its money now, but not with where it wants to grow. He should stick to selling chicken.

Topics: Economy, LGBT Pride 2012, /NOW

Romney: Israeli 'Culture' Makes It More Wealthy Than Palestine

Romney: Israeli ‘Culture’ Makes It More Wealthy Than Palestine

by Kai Wright on July 30 2012, 10:09AM

Palestinians ask the obvious question about the presumptive GOP nominee’s analysis of poverty in the Middle East: “Isn’t this racism?”

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Kai Wright, /NOW

Why is the 2012 Farm Bill Punishing Single Moms for Being Poor? [Reader Forum]

Why is the 2012 Farm Bill Punishing Single Moms for Being Poor? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 30 2012, 9:08AM

Readers discuss Akiba Solomon’s explainer on the impact of the proposed cuts in 2012 food-assistance programs.

Topics: Economy, Gender & Sexuality

More than 100 House Democrats Introduce Bill to Increase the Minimum Wage

More than 100 House Democrats Introduce Bill to Increase the Minimum Wage

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 2:10PM

This would be the first increase in the minimum wage since 2009 and the first increase in the minimum wage for tipped-workers in 21 years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Food Stamps, Poor-Shaming and the Very Scary 2012 Farm Bill

Food Stamps, Poor-Shaming and the Very Scary 2012 Farm Bill

by Akiba Solomon on July 26 2012, 9:58AM

Why we can’t afford to have moralistic debates about the choices desperate parents make as they try to feed their families.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Food Stamps

Young Latino Smartphone Users Spend $17.6 Billion on Mobile Devices

Young Latino Smartphone Users Spend $17.6 Billion on Mobile Devices

by Jorge Rivas on July 23 2012, 11:58AM

According to a new report, young Latinos in the U.S. spent $17.6 billion on mobile devices and more than $500 million on mobile apps in 2012.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

AARP: Black and Latino Seniors Losing Homes at Twice the Rate of Peers

by Kai Wright on July 19 2012, 1:28PM

An AARP poll shows 16 percent of borrowers over 50 are underwater, and that black and Latino homeowners are the hardest hit.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

What’s in Your Wallet? Capitol One’s Predatory Lending, Apparently

by Kai Wright on July 19 2012, 12:05PM

Capitol One Bank has deceptively sold needless add-on products to credit card holders who are unemployed or have poor credit, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

We Are More Than Workers and Consumers in the Food System

We Are More Than Workers and Consumers in the Food System

by Yvonne Yen Liu on July 13 2012, 8:56AM

A former warehouse worker and a slow food advocate who’s father washed dishes for 19 years discuss how their twin movements for healthy food and fair jobs can restore humanity to the food system.

Topics: Economy, How We Eat

Wells Fargo Settles for $175M Over Steering Blacks and Latinos to Subprime Loans

Wells Fargo Settles for $175M Over Steering Blacks and Latinos to Subprime Loans

by Kai Wright on July 12 2012, 12:38PM

The bank has been a standout bad actor, both during the subprime lending boom and during the recession that it created.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, /NOW

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let's Get Both.

We Need Better Food. We Need Fairer Food Jobs. So Let’s Get Both.

by Rinku Sen on July 10 2012, 1:02PM

In a new report, Colorlines’ publisher asks: What could happen if the people who work to ensure good eating and those who fight for labor rights were to strategize together, and move projects that address both concerns?

Topics: Economy, Health, How We Eat, Movement

Georgia's Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

Georgia’s Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

by on July 10 2012, 9:49AM

Georgia followed Florida’s example in forcing safety-net recipients to get drug tests, despite the fact that neither law is likely to stand up in court. Why? Because actual policymaking was never the point.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy, Politics

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

Honestly, the Jobs Outlook Is Bleak Because the GOP Wants It That Way

by Imara Jones on July 9 2012, 9:38AM

Yes, the president must do much more, but his jobs proposals if fully implemented would have put millions back to work by now—including in hard-hit black communities. The problem is petty politics, not economic policy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in Income Tax Case, Could Face Prison Time

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 5:06PM

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.

Topics: Economy, /NOW