Scott Walker Moves to Do Away With Workers’ Weekends

RH Reality Check, By Nina Liss-Schultz, July 15

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday signed into law a $72.7 billion two-year state budget that kills the state’s living wage law and takes away workers’ right to a weekend.

Walker’s latest austerity measures came just hours before he officially became a contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Wisconsin law required that the state’s minimum wage “not be less than a living wage.” Last fall, workers filed a lawsuit arguing that the state’s $7.25 hourly minimum wage did not constitute a living wage. But Walker’s budget stripped the language “living wage” from the law, nullifying the court battle and making wage increases more difficult for people who work.

Walker, in his first interview since announcing his candidacy, challenged the mere existence of a minimum wage.

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  • Top Conservative Magazine Calls Bernie Sanders A Nazi

    Think Progress, By Ian Millhiser, July 20

    A quarter century ago, attorney Michael Godwin announced one of the most well known laws of Internet discourse: “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” Implicit in Godwin’s Law is a line in the sand — anyone who makes a Hitler or Nazi comparison has lost whatever argument they are engaged in.

    Earlier this month, the conservative National Review’s Kevin Williamson drove a steamroller over this line in the sand. Williamson’s article, “Bernie’s Strange Brew of Nationalism and Socialism,” which was published two weeks ago but became available on the conservative magazine’s website on Monday, is not a model of clarity. It bounces between criticism of Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ trade policies and quotes from some of Sanders’ least thoughtful supporters. Yet, as the title of the article suggests, Williamson does come to a bold conclusion — Bernie Sanders is a literal Nazi who is leading a literal Nazi movement in the United States.

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