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Making The Minimum

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst thinks the minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) is a "great starter wage for many high school students." The problem is that most of the people making minimum wage are not high school students.

Is That an Editing Error?

I want to be very clear on the point I'm about to make so that I'm not misunderstood. Gov. Nixon of Missouri put out a statement this evening on the situation in Ferguson. Much of it is boilerplate that wouldn't surprise or inspire you. (I'm reprinting it in its entirety at the end of this post.) The gist is that to move forward peace needs to be restored in Ferguson and there needs to be justice in the case of the precipitating event - the death of Michael Brown. (There is a separate controversy over Nixon's decision not to appoint a special prosecutor - which I think is a mistake.) But in the key line - the part two of his statement he says that "a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued."

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Discordant Note

This is St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, who's been involved on the ground from the very beginning. Struck that it's a very different take on what's going on tonight.