TPM Cafe: Opinion

The online publisher Gawker has never consciously defined itself as an activist rag, but it’s poised to adorn its snappy media brand with an unexpected label: “union-made.”

Yesterday, senior writer Hamilton Nolan announced that Gawker plans to become the highest-profile online media venture to go union. Staff members are now organizing with the Writers Guild of America. Though the details are still vague, the unionization effort marks a refreshing spark of labor consciousness in an industry that tends to dehumanize creative work.

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American taxpayers are living in an unequal world: CEOs make approximately $5,000 per hour while minimum-wage workers make $7.25 per hour. The Koch Brothers make approximately $3 million dollars per hour.

Based on consumer spending surveys and data on pay, we estimate that escalating income inequality suppresses U.S. consumption by more than $1 trillion annually.

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You know what the Republican Party could really, really use in 2016? A presidential candidate who doesn’t come across like a time-traveling ambassador from the 1950s. Someone who can rid the GOP of its self-imposed bondage to Reaganomics and the Great White Whale of lower tax rates on the wealthy as the answer to every question. A national spokesman who can reverse the damage Republicans have done to themselves by egregiously offending Latinos. A nominee with a general election strategy more imaginative than endlessly doubling down on the same appeals to the same older, whiter, culturally resentful “base.”

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The media is in a frenzy over the entry of Marco Rubio into the presidential race. He’s young, handsome, well-spoken in English and Spanish, he’s got an immigrant history. He is a genuine American success story. The media has been waiting for a Republican candidate whose vision of America isn’t something found on a black-and-white sitcom from the 1950’s, and at first glance, Marco Rubio seems like that candidate.

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Three men at a house party in Columbus, Georgia, made the local news after a female lyricist outperformed them in a freestyle rap battle. The men, upset, decided to “avenge their humiliation for losing to a female” by kidnapping, gang raping, and shooting her, then setting her on fire and leaving her for dead.

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As the college admissions season winds down, I hav­e some hard choices to make, but my dilemma is not about choosing where to enroll. It’s about how many adjunct instructors I will hire to teach required courses next fall.

As a department chair at Columbia University, I am compelled to hire many people on a part-time basis, although they want and deserve full-time jobs. These adjuncts are among the finest, longest-serving instructors in many universities, and it’s well known that their lasting contributions can transform the lives of their students.

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So now it’s official: Hillary Clinton is running for president. Unlike last time around, there are no viable candidates to run against her in the primary, which means, for better or worse, she’s what Democratic voters have to look forward to. The only question is what kind of campaign she’s going to run this time around, and whether she will build on her momentum or second guess her campaign into the ground.

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Senator Rand Paul came out of the gates swinging this week, and one of his biggest swipes was at foreign aid, development and diplomacy funding. While his stated reason of cost doesn’t pass the sniff test—foreign aid costs about what Americans spent on $1 smartphone apps last year—that isn’t the worst thing about Paul’s plan. The real problem is that Rand Paul’s national security policy is a mismatch both for the world we live in and public opinion about what America’s role should be.

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