David Cay Johnston: Truths and myths about the rise of part-time #jobs | Al Jazeera America

Aggregate demand is the problem, not ‘Obamacare’

July 31, 2014 6:00AM ET

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that 288,000 jobs had been added in June, critics cried foul. They said the news was misleading: The details showed a deteriorating job market, which many critics blamed on the Affordable Care Act requirement that employers provide workers with health insurance or risk prosecution or penalties.

But an examination of the data tells an entirely different story about what has hobbled the recovery from the Great Recession, which started in December 2007 and ended in the summer of 2009.

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3 Reasons Subsidized Jobs Should Be Part of an Economic Mobility Agenda | Center for American Progress

By Rachel West | July 30, 2014

The House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee is holding a hearing today on subsidized employment as a tool for boosting economic security. It is high time for Congress to re-examine the evidence on subsidized jobs and to discuss the potential this approach may hold for alleviating our country’s continuing unemployment woes and connecting disadvantaged workers to job opportunities.

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Charles M. Blow: Age of Identity | NYTimes

Charles M. Blow

“Hair is political.”
That was the line that stuck with me when my 17-year-old daughter recently regaled me with the minutiae of a lighthearted argument she’d had with a friend. It was about my daughter’s staunch resistance to straightening or altering her hair in any way.

The friend had insisted that such alterations were no big deal, to which my daughter took umbrage and shot back, “Hair is political.”

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