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Saturday, February 03, 2018

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) deleted a tweet on Saturday, in which he said a woman's paycheck went up by $1.50 due to the Republican tax-reform plan. Ryan included a link to an Associated Press story in the tweet that explained how the legislation has benefited workers and corporations. The speaker referred to Julia Ketchum, who said her $1.50 pay increase would cover her Costco membership for the year. "A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week...she said [that] will cover her Costco membership for the year," Ryan tweeted. read more


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion ... In the relatively recent past, a roster of prominent offenders would include Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, and, of course, Donald Trump. Throw in various jocks, maestros, senior military officers, members of the professoriate and you end up with quite a list ... In our post-Harvey world, men charged with sexual misconduct are guilty until proven innocent, all crimes are capital offenses, and there exists no statute of limitations ... Once a largely empty corporate slogan, "zero tolerance" has become a battle cry ... read more


Monday, January 22, 2018

Tucson Desert View High School chemistry teacher Jonathan Cadena wasn't supposed to be at school Thursday. ... At work that day, he was surprised with a $25,000 check and the Milken Educator Award. The award, created by Lowell Milken and the Milken Family Foundation, was created 31 years ago to honor top educators across the country. ... This year, 44 educators across the country have or will be presented the award ... "When I was in school, I was fortunate to have a number of outstanding teachers and I was always somewhat shocked by the fact that there was no mechanism, no opportunity for these teachers to be honored, celebrated and recognized," Milken said. Because of that, one of his top priorities when he started the Milken Family Foundation was to find a way to recognize educators. read more


The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed. Some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all, the charity said. Oxfam said its figures -- which critics have queried - showed a failing system. It blamed tax evasion, firms' influence on policy, erosion of workers' rights, and cost cutting for the widening gap. Oxfam has produced similar reports for the past five years. In 2017 it calculated that the world's eight richest individuals had as much wealth as the poorest half of the world. read more


Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Bronx public school teacher whose social media was peppered with smiling snaps showing her laughing with friends or clutching a bottle of bubbly, was all scowls Saturday as she denied allegations she sexually assaulted a student. Dori Myers listened as prosecutors accused her of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy, and said a fellow teacher witnessed Myers massaging the victim. Myers, 29, a social studies teacher at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, was busted Friday night and charged with criminal sexual act in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.


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