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Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at kay@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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What Unions No Longer Do author Jake Rosenfeld takes a look at the complex interplay between immigration and unions: "The history of the American labor movement is at once a story of inclusion and upward assimilation of previously marginalized groups, and of xenophobic and discriminatory tendencies."

Labor writer and thinker Rich Yeselson responds: "In the last 15 years, however, unions, even many of the most parochial, have increasingly supported immigration reform in large part because, like SEIU, they view Mexican, Caribbean, and Central American immigrants as good organizing possibilities."

Join Rosenfeld and Yeselson, as well as Sarah Jafee and MSNBC's Ned Resnikoff for a live chat (sub. req.) today at noon.

Michigan Rep. Gary Peters (D) is angry that the National Right To Life has said he wants to ensure "abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters."

Sahil Kapur tells you everything you need to know about the birth control cases (including that there are two!) headed to the Supreme Court on Tuesday but were too afraid to ask.

Republican voters in North Carolina get to pick between the guy who claimed he went to the University of Maryland but actually went to an online-only night school or the guy who says Obamacare is part of a liberal Agenda 21 conspiracy to control everyone's life. Good luck with that.

Today What Unions No Longer Do author Jake Rosenfeld looks back at the power that unions used to have. He points to President Nixon's appointment of union organizer W. J. Usery Jr. to be an assistant Secretary of Labor -- something Rosenfeld says would be "unthinkable" today.

Sarah Jaffe responds, pointing out that today "attacks on labor are not just a small facet of today's conservative ideology, but central to it."

We'll be hosting a live chat (sub. req.) with Rosenfeld and Jaffe as well as with MSNBC's Ned Resnikoff and labor intellectual Rich Yeselson on Friday at noon.

Today is the 11th anniversary of the commencement of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. Seth D. Michaels looks back, what have we learned? And what haven't we?

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