Jonathan Rosenblum

Exposed: Chevron Has a Secretive Drilling Site in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

It’s the middle of the frigid, long midnight at Tapkaurak Point, a spit of gravel curling out into the Beaufort Sea off the northern coast of Alaska. Up in the middle of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest remaining wilderness area in the U.S., the sun set weeks ago and won’t peek above the horizon until the middle of January.

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Most Americans Won't Make $15 an Hour for Five Years - but Why Not Now, Like in This City?

Millions of workers across the country have won wage hikes under the banner of $15, and this week many more in California stand poised to join the parade. But three and a half years after the first picket sign was hoisted demanding $15/hour and union recognition, very few minimum wage workers are actually getting paid that much. That’s because among those crafting wage legislation, it’s become an axiom that increases must be phased in over time for the sake of business and economic stability. California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez reflects a prevailing establishment view that what’s needed is “a reasonable, measured approach that would prevent sticker shock for businesses.”

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Socialist Win in Seattle: Anomaly or Harbinger?

When Vanessa Patricelli first heard Kshama Sawant speak, she thought the socialist was nuts. 

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Obama Mashup Calls Charleston Killer a “Thriller” - All in Good Fun?

Last week, the U.S. media pushed into viral orbit—some 700,000 views—a Youtube “mashup” video that changes President Barack Obama’s solemn denunciation of the Charleston mass killer Dylann Roof into a one-liner. The attempted jest included taking the word “killer” from the President’s speech at a funeral after the nine murders in Charleston, South Carolina church and—to the tune of Michael Jackson’s spooky hit—turning it into “Thriller.”  The video also turns a moment from the congregation singing “Amazing Grace” into a ghoulish Michael Jackson “ooh, ooh, ooh.”

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Boiling Point: Why Do We Let Big Oil Send Workers to Their Deaths?

Picture this: You’re at the airport, about to board your flight. As you wait by the gate a pair of airline pilots chat nearby. They are your crew.

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Wash. Refinery Workers Protest for Better Working and Safety Conditions

There’s a lot of marveling these days about the tumbling price of gasoline, a boon to consumers. Average regular gas prices last week stood at $2.17 a gallon, a drop of 34% from a year ago, the media reported.

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The Battle in Seattle, 15 Years On: How an Unsung Hero Kept the Movements United

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the “Battle in Seattle,” the historic protest against the World Trade Organization in 1999. The author, a labor and community organizer for 31 years, was at the time director of Seattle Union Now, a joint project of the King County Labor Council and the National AFL-CIO.

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Paul Ryan's Former Pastor on the Veep Pick's Budget Plan: 'He Shouldn't Wrap Himself in Catholic Teaching'

The entrance to St. Mary Elementary School in Janesville, Wisconsin has two identical archways with contrasting inscriptions. One entrance says, "For God." The other says, "For Country." That is where Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, first merged his studies of government and religion as a young student.

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