Tuesday December 10, 2013
Just in time for the holidays, your low-wage employer wants you to know it really cares. And would you mind tidying up the condiment stand on your way to the soup kitchen?
Once again, McDonald's is showing its brilliance at employee relations. In July, recall, the company haplessly offered a sample budget for its employees, omitting the costs of gas and groceries and projecting fantasy monthly rents of $600, car payments of $150 and health insurance costs of $20.
When I've written recently about food stamp recipients, the uninsured and prison inmates, I've had plenty of pushback from readers.
A reader named Keith reflected a coruscating chorus when he protested: "If kids are going hungry, it is because of the parents not upholding their responsibilities."
A reader in Washington bluntly suggested taking children from parents and putting them into orphanages.
Deck the halls, this holiday season, with scenes of hunger.
Struggling families all across America now have less food on their tables. Budget cuts that kicked into effect November 1 have lowered the nation’s average federal food stamp benefit to less than $1.40 per person per meal.
I'm not a big one on celebrities and award shows, but my law firm represents the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is how I found myself in the audience last week as Angelina Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. I did not expect to be deeply moved. I was.
For a guy whose presidency was supposed to be on life support, Barack Obama has certainly had a productive couple of weeks. With his poll numbers sinking toward George W. Bush territory -- 53 percent in a recent CNN survey said he's not a strong or decisive leader -- Obama took bold action on two issues that dramatized the power of the presidency.
One was about getting Congress to act, the other about preventing World War III.
Shortly after the extent of the damage of storm known as either Super Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda became clear, the United States got to work sending much needed aid to the Philippines. With winds up to 195 miles per hour, it left more than 5,200 people dead and four million displaced.
The Philippines is a poor nation, and it’s also the most exposed country to tropical storms in the world. That’s hardly surprising, since it’s made up of over 7,000 islands.
Two statements explain the huge failure of Obamacare. One is by President Barack Obama, the other is about him.
Senate Democrats made an understandable mistake in dramatically curtailing the use of the filibuster.
It's understandable for the obvious reason: Republicans all but forced the Democrats' hand with unprecedented obstruction of nominees.
If you thought this "corporations are people" business was getting out of hand, brace yourself. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court accepted two cases that will determine whether a corporation can deny contraceptive coverage to its female employees because of its religious beliefs.
"The mother did the shooter's laundry on a daily basis as the shooter often changed clothing during the day."
That matter-of-fact recitation, from the just-released official report on the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, encapsulates the enduring contradiction of Nancy Lanza, shot four times in her bed with her .22-caliber Savage Mark II rifle.