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Finally! Better-paying jobs seem to be making a comeback!

The Washington Post has the good news HERE: The recovery in America’s job market is finally spreading to industries with good pay after years of being concentrated in fields with low wages. Hiring has picked up steam in areas such as construction, manufacturing and professional services in recent months — sectors with a median hourly wage of at least $20. Nearly 40 percent of the jobs created over the past six months have been in high-wage industries, compared with just a quarter during the last half of 2013, according to an analysis by the...

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If you think Native Americans aren’t offended by Redskins’ name, think again

Gary Clark, a former wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and several other NFL teams, seems to have played too often without a helmet. Clark took it upon himself the other day to categorically declare that Native Americans are not offended by the Redskins’ name. He said: “I know about equal rights. I’m all about equal rights. So quite honestly, I wanted to go hear it from the horse’s mouth. So I went directly to the Native American Indians and I directly asked them, ‘the word Redskin, is it offensive to you, am I being...

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Jimmy Carter blames “nutcases” for inaction on climate change

The 39th president of the United States NAILS IT: Former President Carter says climate skeptics are the “biggest handicap” for the U.S. when it comes to acting on global warming. “I would say the biggest handicap we have right now is some nutcases in our country that don’t believe in global warming,” Carter said Tuesday during the American Renewable Energy Day summit in Aspen, Colo. “I think they are going to change their position because of pressure from individuals, because the evidence of the ravages of global warming is...

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Ferguson, Missouri, is an American nightmare

As one who’s old enough to remember the ugly scenes in the American South in the 1960s, I can’t help but think of the current situation in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson as some kind of time-warp. Chez Pazienza’s TAKE ON THE MATTER merits your consideration: Justice in the shooting of Mike Brown involves two things: knowing what the truth is and reacting fairly and responsibly to that truth. Witnesses say Brown, who was unarmed at the time, was shot down in the middle of the street as he was running away with his hands in...

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Obama’s rate of vacation days is now barely one-third that of Bush’s

In a thinly-veiled effort to portray Barack Obama as a lazy black man, the right-wing noise machine is obsessed with the president’s vacations. The truth of the matter, however, doesn’t fit the caricature, as we see HERE: Just how many vacations has Obama taken since January 2009? How does he compare to his two-term predecessor, George W. Bush? The authoritative figures come from CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller. Knoller has meticulously chronicled presidential data since 1996 with an attention to detail that has made...

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Uh-oh! Rand Paul skips Christian conference in Iowa to hang around with Alec Baldwin

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m just trying to get the Religious Right riled up. It’s a hobby of mine. But I could hardly pass up an opportunity like THIS: An Iowa evangelical Christian leader stood on stage and told the 1,200 conservatives in the audience and the dozens of reporters that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had told him he couldn’t be at the event Saturday because of a “family commitment.” Then the New York Post’s “Page Six” published the news that Paul was in the Hamptons on Saturday with Alec...

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