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Where Do Your Values Come From? [ISLM]

April 6, 2015

I discuss what makes me care about politics, and I’m joined by callers who do the same. We also get into a discussion about the South, racism, and the civil war.

Then I’m joined by Courtney Kealy, a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, the U.S. cable news channel that covers domestic and international news.  We discuss the fallout from Rolling Stone’s fake UVA rape story, where they went wrong journalistically, and the concern that victims of sexual assaults may be less likely to report the crimes now because of this incident.
Next I simulcast with two radio hosts, and good friends, from radio Adelaide, Australia. We discuss everything from the American Civil War to Australia’s history as a penal colony.

Finally, I’m joined by Jonathan Easley, Campaigns Reporter for The Hill, to talk about Rand Paul’s Presidential announcement.
We discuss Senator Paul’s plan to run as the anti-establishment Republican, his recent flip-flop on defense spending, and his controversial past comments on not supporting the Civil Rights Act.

Indiana, Hillary, and Iran [Hannity]

April 6, 2015

The Iran Deal: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly [IS]

April 5, 2015

I discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Iran Nuclear Deal.  I believe it includes all of the above, and I’ll tell you why.

Religion and Liberalism [IS]

April 2, 2015

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to everyone.
What does it mean to be a religious liberal?
Is there a contradiction?
I don’t think so but it depends on what the definition of “religion” is.

$2.13 an Hour [IS]

April 1, 2015

Waiters, like all tipped workers, receive only $2.13 an hour minimum wage in 18 US States, including in my home state of Virginia.  Including their tips, employers are legally required to pay them the (paltry) federal minimum of $7.25, but employers often fail to do this. The $2.13 rate was set twenty-four years ago in 1991, which was a small increase from $2.01 an hour in 1981.  The federal minimum wage (which is still way to low and in real value far lower than it was in the 1960’s) has gone up several times in the last quarter century, but servers are still earning the “quaint” rate of $2.13 an hour, a rate that would not even cover their street parking driving into work.
Such a low rate makes tipped workers’ poverty in Virginia and other stingy states twice the rate of those in states where they are paid a full minimum wage plus tips.  And guess what, the restaurant business is doing just fine in California, Nevada and the other full minimum-wage states.
Furthermore, tipped workers have such a variable income — as well as variable scheduling (from the same employer that decides whether to actually pay them $7.25 or to illegally pay them sub-minimum wage) — that they often do not know whether they can pay their rent one month to the next.
It’s time to rectify this injustice now.
Guest:  David Cooper, Economic Analyst at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC (and a former tipped worker)
Read his published study here.

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