COME ON, KOCH BROS…A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA…Obama’s Historic Environmental Move…Inequality, State by State…If They’re Watching Us, Who Watches the Watchers?…In Defense of Public Transit…Save the Date for ‘The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs’

COME ON, KOCH BROS — 0.4% of the U.S. population accounted for more than 68% of campaign contributions in the 2014 midterms, according to new data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The findings were released last week to correspond with the 5th anniversary of Citizens United, which Common Cause, Alliance for Justice, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and People for the American Way marked by rallying outside the Chamber of Commerce. READ: “Five Realities Five Years After: The Post-Citizens United Landscape.”

…Meanwhile, the Koch brothers continue to steamroll over the American public–5 million of whom have signed petitions to overturn Citizens United–by announcing that they plan to spend $900 million on the 2016 presidential campaign. SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org by Top Wonk Robert Reich denouncing the Koch brothers HERE.

A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA – Days after the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health released a joint report outlining the obstacles to reproductive health faced by Texas Latinas and the solutions for addressing these barriers. READ the full report HERE, ENDORSE its policy recommendations HERE, CHECK OUT Roe v. Wade anniversary roundups from RH Reality Check and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and SIGN a petition from UltraViolet telling Congress to stop the attack on women’s health HERE.

This week, MomsRising.org launched their own #RaiseTheWage campaign, highlighting the fact that 56% of minimum wage workers are women and 28% have children. SIGN their petition HERE and SHARE your stories about earning minimum wage HERE.

UNITED FOR THE ENVIRONMENT — Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune lauded the Obama Administration’s historic decision Sunday to recommend official wilderness designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: “The Coastal Plain is the wild heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is why Americans from all walks of life have advocated for its protection for more than half a century” … 75% of Americans from both parties in five key states support existing environmental protections or favor tougher ones according to a new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council. READ their full findings HERE and SIGN their petition opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline HERE.

THE UNEQUAL STATES OF AMERICA — All 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades, according to new data on the top 1% of taxpayers in each state from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Report Co-Author Mark Price: “If states are not passing progressive taxes and raising revenue from top earners, they are missing out on a large and growing source of income.” READ the full report HERE and SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org and EPI to address overtime pay rules HERE.

WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS? — The Brennan Center for Justice published a new report Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of the Church Committee with recommendations for key changes to U.S. intelligence oversight. Report editor and Brennan Center Fellow Michael German: “A thorough investigation of current oversight failures is long overdue.” READ: “Strengthening Intelligence Oversight.”

PP MUST READ: “In Fair Housing Case, Scalia Explains How Court Should Decide the ACA Subsidies Case” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

IN DEFENSE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT — A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) disproves the myth that highways pay for themselves, while public transportation does not. CAP Infrastructure Policy Director and report lead author Kevin DeGood summed it up: “Rather than predetermining what must be built, we should encourage planners to make investment decisions based on what will provide the most benefit.” READ: “Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions.”

SAVE THE DATEAs You Sow will host a webinar on February 12 at 2:00 pm ET to present findings from their forthcoming report “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs: Executive Compensation at S&P 500 Companies.” The webinar will feature report author Rosanna Landis Weaver, corporate governance expert Nell Minow, and HIP Investor CEO and Founder R. Paul Herman. REGISTER HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

STEP UP, CONGRESS: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy outlines the reasons why Congress should take action to address Citizens United.

CORRUPTION AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout reflects on Sheldon Silver’s arrest for fraud and its implications for campaign finance.

THE WAR ON DODD-FRANK: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal explores the GOP’s persistent attacks against Dodd-Frank.

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TOP BILLING FOR ‘MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS’…A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT…Same-Sex Marriage Finally Comes Before SCOTUS…Campaign Contributions Have No Place in the Courts…Wait, We’ve Seen This Anti-Choice Bill Before…GOP is Sneakily Dismantling Dodd-Frank…Millennial Letters Relaunch

TOP BILLING FOR ‘MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS’ – Oxfam released new findings that the richest 1% will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. This inequality is especially evident for the one in five low-wage workers in the U.S. whose employers don’t provide them with paid sick leave, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) … Meanwhile, 75% of Americans–including 53% of Republicans–now support raising the federal minimum wage to $12.50 an hour … NELP Executive Director Christine Owens: “The American people are way ahead of lawmakers on this issue” … On Tuesday, President Obama agreed: “The verdict is clear: middle-class economics works.”

SPEAKING OF WHAT WORKS: Citizens for Tax Justice lauded President Obama’s proposed capital gains tax reforms, calling the program “a major and welcome move toward greater fairness in our federal system” … The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities CRUNCHED THE NUMBERS HERE.

READ: “Raise the Millionaires Tax” by Patriotic Millionaire Jerry Fiddler and Rep. Jan Schakowky (D-IL) and “Obama’s Smart Economic (and Political) Calculus: Tax the Rich” over at The Nation.

A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT– Black children born in 2001 are 5.5 times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts, according to new data by EPI. This information comes in the wake of thousands of protesters taking to the streets last week to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as the NAACP launch of a countdown to the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. READ: “Where Do We Go from Here?: Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BEFORE SCOTUS — Alliance for Justice President and Top Wonk Nan Aron outlined the stakes of the upcoming marriage equality cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will review this session: “Seventy percent of Americans now live in marriage equality states, and marriage bans on the basis of sexual orientation should be considered relics of a discarded past.”

The American Civil Liberties Union will be co-counsel in one of these four casesREADLooking at Marriage Cases Before High Court, and the Next ‘Campaign’ for LGBT Equality” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and SIGN a petition from Human Rights Campaign HERE.

KEEP CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OUT OF THE COURTS – The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a case in which the Brennan Center for Justice, Demos, and others filed an amicus brief. Brennan Center Counsel Matthew Menendez: “Allowing prospective judges to put a hand out to lawyers and litigants who may later appear before them in court may make people think twice about whether a ruling was influenced by the law or by the contents of a litigant’s pocketbook.” READ: “Don’t Strike Down Judicial Campaign Rule

ANTI-CHOICE DEJA VU — RH Reality Check released new findings that the 22 anti-choice bills filed in six states this year are all identical or substantially similar to previously proposed bills–the bulk of which originated from four anti-choice organizations. READ the full report HERE and TRACK legislative threats to reproductive health through their open database HERE.

DISMANTLING DODD-FRANK– Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) slammed House Republicans for passing the misleadingly-named “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”: “House Republicans are opening the 114th Congress by putting the profits of mega-banks over investments in hard-working Americans.” READ an open letter from Americans for Financial Reform opposing the bill HERE and GET THE REAL STORY from Sunlight Foundation HERE.

MILLENNIAL LETTERS – The Truman National Security Project and the Foreign Policy Initiative partnered with World Affairs this week to relaunch “Millennial Letters,” a series of articles responding to major challenges and opportunities facing the United States. LEARN MORE about the series HERE and READ the two most recent posts, centered around the President’s State of the Union address: “Obama’s Tough Diplomacy Bolsters American Leadership” and “Bipartisan Focus on SIVs Needed.”

THE STATE OF MONEY IN POLITICS — The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting “The State of Money in Politics” on Monday, January 26 in New York. The event will feature Fordham Law School Associate Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout, Free Speech for People Board Chair Jeff Clements, and Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission Ellen Weintraub. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

END OF THE ENTREPRENEUR?: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins discusses the future of entrepreneurship as part of a panel on Fox Business.

THE STATE OF THE STATE OF THE UNION: Brennan Center President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman defends the State of the Union speech against allegations that it’s “dead.”

A HISTORY OF RACIST REDLINING: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal and ThinkProgress Policy Editor Bryce Covert connect racial wealth disparity in America to policies that promote housing segregation.

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OBAMA’S HOPE FOR HIGHER ED…RECLAIM MLK DAY STARTING **TODAY**…WE ALL WANT WARREN…Five Years After Citizens United…Happy 150th to The Nation!…United States of Stagnation…Too Many Filibusters…Climate Justice Wins in California

OBAMA’S HOPE FOR HIGHER ED — Progressive leaders lauded President Obama’s proposal announced last Friday that would make the first two years of community college free: MoveOn.org Civic Action Executive Director Anna Galland: “Not only is this exactly the kind of bold action we need to expand opportunity and build a fairer economy–it has bipartisan support” … Generation Progress Executive Director Anne Johnson: “In a time when states are investing less in higher education, the president’s proposal will help our generation gain skills and move our economy forward” … WATCH Demos Vice President of Policy & Research and Top Wonk Tamara Draut discuss the proposal on Fox & Friends HERE and SIGN a petition from Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Daily Kos urging Democrats to stand strong on debt-free college HERE.

RECLAIM MLK – A broad coalition of groups working against police violence around the country–organized by Ferguson Action–is planning a series of direct actions to reclaim Martin Luther King, Jr. Day beginning **TODAY** … FIND events near you HERE.

WE WANT WARRENOver 200,000 people have joined the Run Warren Run movement–organized by MoveOn.org in partnership with Democracy for America–urging Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to run for President in 2016 … Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain: “This is Senator Warren’s moment and, together, this people-powered effort is working to build the infrastructure, energy, and political momentum she’ll need to seize it.” AGREE? SIGN HERE.

READElizabeth Warren’s Economic Agenda” by Democracy Partners Co-Founder Mike Lux and SIGN a petition to stand with Sen. Warren and her fight for the middle class HERE.

FIVE YEARS LATER — Eight major money in politics groups came together on Wednesday to release independent research findings on the effects of Citizens United on the 2014 midterm elections at “Five Years After Citizens United, What Are the Costs for Democracy?” … READ the reports from the Brennan Center, Common Cause, Demos & U.S. PIRG, Public Campaign, The Center for Media and Democracy, Public Citizen, Justice at Stake, and Demos and SIGN a petition to amend the Constitution to undo the damages of Citizens United HERE.

WATCH: “Democracy and Our State Courts: Fighting Back After Citizens United,” an event hosted Tuesday by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), the Brennan Center, and Justice at Stake.

HAPPY 150TH!The Nation is celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout 2015 with new online features, a history of the paper, and nationwide events. On January 1st they launched their first new feature, “The Almanac,” which highlights important events from each day in history … The inaugural event, “Toward a Third Reconstruction: From Abolition through Civil Rights and Beyond: The Nation, Race, and History,” is **TODAY** at 6PM ET and will be moderated by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City Director Khalil Muhammad. WATCH a live stream of the event HERE and LEARN MORE HERE.

FIX THE FILIBUSTER — Senators in the 113th Congress voted to end filibusters 218 times–nearly twice the previous record number of filibusters in one session of Congress–according to Common Cause, which called on the Senate this week to adopt the Udall-Merkley filibuster reform package. Common Cause Policy Counsel Stephen Spaulding: “If adopted, the Udall-Merkley resolution would be a major step toward restoring the Senate as a place of debate, deliberation, and action rather than obstruction and gridlock.” LEARN more HERE.

UNITED STATES OF STAGNATIONReal wages fell for the entire bottom 90 percent of the wage distribution between 2009 and 2014, according to new findings by Economic Policy Institute President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel. Mishel’s report identifies wage stagnation as the primary cause of income inequality in America. READ: “Causes of Wage Stagnation.”

CLIMATE JUSTICE IN CALI – Natural Resources Defense Council California Advocacy Director Annie Nothoff applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal Friday, which includes a commitment to curb the impacts of climate change: “By working together to prioritize solutions, we can ensure a healthier future for communities across the state and continue to lead the way for the rest of the nation.”

… Meanwhile, California enjoyed another climate justice win on Sunday as hundreds of Stanford professors published an open letter calling for the university to fully divest from fossil fuels. READ their letter HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Marriage Equality is a National Issue” over at ACS.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

DARK MONEY IS OUT OF CONTROL: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy criticizes former FEC Commissioner Bradley for failing to realize that the scale of spending on federal elections is out of reach for average Americans.

WHY WAGES WON’T RISE: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich explains why the link between falling unemployment and rising wages has been severed.

THANKS, GOVERNOR WALKER?: Constitutional Accountability Center Founder and President and Top Wonk Doug Kendall contends that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act reveals the fiction behind the King v. Burwell case.

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KEYSTONE VETO VICTORY…THE FIGHT FOR FERGUSON CONTINUES…FCC Schedules Net Neutrality Vote…We Hate Dynamic Scoring…Let’s Talk About Poverty…Former Members of Congress Are Cashing In…Happy 2015!

KEYSTONE VETO VICTORY — Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune lauded President Obama’s Tuesday announcement that he will veto any bill passed by Congress that authorizes construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: “It’s becoming more clear by the day that President Obama rightly recognizes this dirty and dangerous tar sands pipeline is a bad deal for our country” … SIGN the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance from #NOKXL HERE and READWhite House Threatens to Veto Keystone XL Legislation” over at The Nation.

THE FIGHT FOR FERGUSON CONTINUES — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri, on behalf of an unnamed grand juror, is suing St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch for the ability to speak about the Darren Wilson case. Under current law, it is a crime for grand jurors to discuss their service. ACLU of Missouri Legal Director Tony Rothert: “The Supreme Court has said that grand jury secrecy must be weighed against the juror’s First Amendment Rights on a case-by-case basis. The rules of secrecy must yield because this is a highly unusual circumstance.” READ the full complaint HERE.

…Meanwhile, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund released an open letter to Missouri Circuit Judge Maura McShane on Monday requesting an investigation into the Darren Wilson case. READ their letter HERE.

NET NEUTRALITY VOTE SET — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on new net neutrality regulations February 26. READWhat the Media Should Know About Net Neutrality” over at Media Matters, SUBMIT a comment to the FCC HERE, and SIGN a petition from Free Press HERE.

NO TO DYNAMIC SCORING — New rules passed by House Republicans–led by notorious Granny-pusher Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)–known as “dynamic scoring” will result in more tax cuts but less available information, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This new system will include predictions of how proposed legislation would affect the size of the economy when estimating its cost. READ: “Why Budget and Tax Plans Shouldn’t Use Dynamic Scoring.”

LET’S TALK ABOUT POVERTY — TalkPoverty.org–a project of the Half in Ten Education Fund at the Center for American Progress (CAP)–is launching a new radio miniseries about economic justice. TalkPoverty Radio will air on Saturdays at 12:00 PM EST on SiriusXM Channel 121 starting on January 17. LEARN more HERE.

FORMER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CASHING IN — Of the 104 former congressional members who are now eligible to work as lobbyists after the mandatory “cooling off’ period, 29 are already effectively doing so, according to a joint analysis by the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics. READ the full report HERE.

NEW YEAR, NEW WAGES — Business for a Fair Minimum Wage (BFMW) CEO Holly Sklar applauded the 20 states whose increased minimum wages went into effect around the New Year: “We’re very pleased to see numerous states raising their minimum wage and boosting their economies, and we look forward to more.” READ: “Boost Business By Raising Minimum Wage” by BFMW member and restaurant owner Chris Sommers.

RECLAIMING REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS — The Center for Reproductive Rights released a new report this week that details all of the legislation from the 113th Congress that affected reproductive health. READ: “Fighting Back: Reclaiming Reproductive Rights in the 113th Congress and Beyond.”

WHAT ARE THE COSTS? — A coalition of eight major money in politics organizations–including The Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Demos, and Public Campaign–are hosting “Five Years After Citizens United, What Are the Costs for Democracy?” on Wednesday, January 14 at 9:30 AM in Washington, DC. During the event, the groups will jointly release independent research findings on the effects of Citizens United on the 2014 midterm elections. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

IT’S A DISASTER: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich thinks the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement would be a disaster.

NOKXL: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker outlines how the number of jobs that would be created by constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline has been greatly exaggerated.

SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY: Social Security Works Co-Director and Top Wonk Nancy Altman and Social Security Works Founding Co-Director and Top Wonk Eric Kingson explain how Republicans have already started their attack on Social Security.

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HOLD TORTURERS ACCOUNTABLE…RUN WARREN RUN…UVA FALLOUT…United for Police Reform…Cybersecurity Event **TODAY**…TPP Negotiations Resume in Secret…Burger King Avoiding $1.2 Billion in Taxes…Happy Holidays from PP!!

HOLD TORTURERS ACCOUNTABLE — The ACLU released a plan for accountability in response to the CIA torture report. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero: “This should be the beginning of a process, not the end. The report should shock President Obama and Congress into action, to make sure that torture and cruelty are never used again.” READ their full recommendations for action HERE and SIGN their petition to assign a special prosecutor HERE.

RUN WARREN RUNOver 81% of MoveOn.org members believe Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) should be the next Democratic nominee for President, according to a poll released yesterday … The results were announced alongside the “Run Warren Run” campaign … “Elizabeth Warren is a fighter for working people and a champion for the middle class. And at this time of historic inequality, we need her to run for President.” READ Why Elizabeth Warren?” and SIGN their petition HERE.

UVA FALLOUT — In the wake of Rolling Stone‘s story and subsequent backtracking regarding an on-campus rape at the University of Virginia (UVA), Know Your IX released “Writing About Gender-Based Violence & Title IX: A Guide for Journalists & Editors” … National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill discussed the case Monday on All In with Chris Hayes: “That’s the essence of rape culture…in our zeal to protect an accused, we re-victimize the victim.” WATCH a clip of the show HERE, READ Whom Should College Students Really Call When They Are Sexually Assaulted on Campus?” over at The Nation, and SIGN a petition demanding an outside investigation into UVA’s sexual assault policy HERE.

UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM — A group of ten mothers who lost their children to police brutality traveled to Washington, DC yesterday for a three day call to action demanding police accountability, policy reform, and justice for all victims’ families. The delegation is hosted by CODEPINK, Mothers Against Police Brutality, CREDO, and Hands Up DC Coalition and endorsed by groups including UltraViolet and the National Lawyers Guild. READ the delegates’ stories HERE.

…Meanwhile, progressives across the board criticized the Department of Justice’s revised policy on race for its many loopholes and failure to fully condemn racial profiling … Human Rights Watch US Advocacy Director Antonio Ginatta: “Holder is trying to have it both ways, criticizing profiling while embracing it” … American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Washington Legislative Office Director Laura W. Murphy: “It’s so loosely drafted that its exceptions risk swallowing any rule and permit some of the worst law enforcement policies and practices” … WATCH Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee discuss Eric Garner’s death HERE and SIGN NYCLU’s petition for stricter police discipline HERE.

CYBERSECURITY EVENT **TODAY** — The Center for National Policy is hosting a discussion **TODAY** at 1:30 PM in Washington, DC about how the public can protect itself against cyber warfare. The featured speaker will be former Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary and current Council on Cybersecurity President & CEO Jane Holl Lute. RSVP HERE.

WHY SO SECRETIVE? — On Monday, a coalition of organizations including Sierra Club, Campaign for America’s Future, and CODEPINK protested renewed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Protestors oppose President Obama’s secrecy and intent to fast-track the agreement through Congress, arguing that the deal gives too much power to corporations. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.” SIGN CREDO Action’s petition telling the mainstream media to cover TPP HERE and TWEET #StopFastTrack.

DID YOU KNOW??Burger King’s planned inversion will allow the company to avoid up to $1.2 billion in U.S. taxes over four years … Americans for Tax Fairness crunches the numbers HERE.

ILLINOIS VOTING RIGHTS VICTORY — Illinois passed legislation last week that will allow same-day voter registration, expand early voting, and modernize the voting process. Average voter turnout is over 10% higher in states with same-day registration. Common Cause Illinois Action Team Chair Anne Manly: “Expanding access to the democratic process is critical in Illinois, where we have the second lowest voter turnout in the Midwest.” LEARN more about the bill HERE.

PP MUST READS: “The Gift of Free Speech for All: A Solution to the ‘December Dilemma’” over at American Constitution Society.

STOPPING SURVEILLANCE — A coalition of 30 groups–including the Sunlight Foundation, CREDO Mobile, Fight for the Future, MoveOn.org, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and CODEPINK–penned an open letter to Congress urging it to reinstate NSA reform legislation to the 2015 Defense Department appropriations bill. The NSA amendment, which “would curtail some of the [NSA's] more egregious surveillance abuses,” was quietly stripped from the defense funding omnibus last week, despite having passed in the House with a veto-proof 293 votes. READ the letter HERE.

EXTENDING CORPORATE WELFARE — Citizens for Tax Justice released “Even at One Tenth the Size of Previous Tax Deal, House Extender Bill is a Giveaway for Corporations,” criticizing the new Tax Extenders Bill, an older version of which President Obama promised to veto. READ the full report HERE.

MORE STORIES FROM THE STATES — The Brennan Center for Justice published two new stories this week in their “Stories from the States,” a series of articles about those affected by restrictive voting laws in the midterm elections. READ: Kansas and Ohio.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

KEYSTONE MATTERS: Journalist, author, and Top Wonk Naomi Klein gives four reasons why the time is right to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.

THEY CAN’T BREATHE: Institute for America’s Future Founder and President and Top Wonk Robert Borosage connects the struggles of striking fast food workers to the current protests against racial inequality.

WE NEED A REVOLUTION: The Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program Co-Director and Top Wonk Faiza Patel argues that Obama’s policing task force is a good first step, but that more drastic action is needed.

WARREN WAS RIGHT: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker is sick of Treasury nominees with direct ties to Wall Street.

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FERGUSON, ERIC GARNER, AND BEYOND…STRIKE FOR $15 **TODAY**…Chicago Raises Its Min Wage…Brennan Center Has a New Newsletter…Clean Air Is Easy…Loretta Lynch Nominated for Attorney General…Wall Street Is At It Again…

FERGUSON, ERIC GARNER, AND BEYOND — On Monday a coalition of civil rights leaders and elected officials–including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and leaders from Advancement Project and National Urban League–met with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Attorney General Holder–to address issues of police brutality and inequality. The President also met with Dream Defenders Co-Founder Phillip Agnew and young organizers from across the country … Political Director for the Ohio Students Association James Hayes: “We are calling on everyone who believes that Black lives matter to continue taking to the streets until we get real change for our communities.”

… Meanwhile, a group of 250 marchers set off Saturday on NAACP’s 120-mile long “Journey for Justice” march from Ferguson to the Missouri Governor’s House in Jefferson City calling for reforms in police culture and practice. RSVP HERE and SIGN their petition demanding a Department of Justice investigation HERE.

STRIKE FOR $15 **TODAY** – Fast food workers–organized by Low Pay Is Not OK–are striking **TODAY** in 190 cities across the country for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize. TWEET #StrikeFastFood and SIGN a petition supporting the strikers HERE … This day of action comes on the heels of Walmart workers and their supporters staging protests at more than 2,000 stores nationwide for Black Friday, demanding living wages and better working conditions.

… ELSEWHERE, A MINIMUM WAGE WIN — Business For A Fair Minimum Wage (BFMW) applauded the Chicago City Council’s decision Tuesday to increase the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour and urged lawmakers to increase Illinois’ statewide wage to $11 an hour. BFMW CEO Holly Sklar: “There is broad public recognition that raising the minimum wage is a win/win for businesses and workers.” READ the National Employment Law Project’s report on city-wide minimum wage ordinances HERE.

PP MUST READS: “Retail Politics: How America’s Big-Box Retailers Turn Their Economic Power Into Political Influence” over at Demos and “Black Friday Rage, From Ferguson to Walmart” over at The Nation.

NEW REDISTRICTING NEWSLETTER — The Brennan Center for Justice’s new monthly redistricting newsletter offering insights on issues ranging from Supreme Court cases to the latest state battles will premiere next week. SUBSCRIBE in advance HERE.

CLEAN AIR IS COMMON SENSE — A coalition made up of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Sierra Club, and Clean Air Task Force released a report showing that the EPA can easily cut methane pollution in half by issuing federal standards based on existing technologies. These standards would save enough gas to heat 3 million homes. NRDC Climate and Clean Air Program Director David Doniger: “This is the most significant, most cost-effective thing the administration can do to tackle climate change pollution that it hasn’t already committed to do.” READWaste Not: Common Sense Ways to Reduce Methane Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry” and SIGN CREDO Action’s petition condemning NPR for reducing its climate change coverage HERE.

WALL STREET IS AT IT AGAIN — Americans for Financial Reform penned an open letter urging Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair Timothy Massad and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White to stop Wall Street banks from circumventing Dodd-Frank regulations on risky derivative transactions. READ the letter HERE.

FROM PAYCHECK TO PANTRYMore than half of the 46 millions Americans who receive groceries from Feeding America–the nation’s largest food pantry network–come from households with at least one working family member, according to a new joint report by Oxfam America and Feeding America. READ the full report HERE.

GETTING GUNS OFF THE STREET – The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy published a report defending limits on public carrying laws for firearms. READ: “The Constitutional Case for Limiting Public Carry.”

LORETTA LYNCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERALRH Reality Check‘s RJ Court Watch podcast released a new episode Monday defending President Obama’s decision to nominate Loretta Lynch as the first African-American woman Attorney General. The podcast features RH Senior Legal Analysts Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo, as well as Feministing, .Mic, and EBONY.com contributing writer and political analyst Zerlina Maxwell. LISTEN HERE.

WORKING FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST — The Truman National Security Project compiled an archive of the 25 op-eds they have published since July supporting diplomacy efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Executive Director Michael Breen: “…America is stronger when we engage with the world using all of the tools of national power, including defense, diplomacy, development, and democratic principles.” READ: “Unilateral Moves Would Derail Iran Nuclear Talks,” “Battle with Iran Needs to Happen at Negotiating Table,” “Nuclear Negotiations with Iran are Essential to National Security,” and the full list of articles HERE.

WE THE PEOPLE — The Center for American Progress (CAP) will host a panel discussion on Wednesday December 10th in Washington, DC to accompany their new report urging Congress to pass comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation for LGBT Americans. RSVP HERE, WATCH a live webcast HERE, and TWEET #CAPFairness.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

OVERTIME PAY IS OVERDUE: Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Senior Economist and Top Wonk Eileen Appelbaum supports President Obama’s request that the Department of Labor make middle-income workers eligible for mandatory overtime pay.

STILL NOT POST-RACIAL: Economic Policy Institute Program Director on Race, Ethnicity, and Economy and Top Wonk Algernon Austin congratulates Mia Love for being the first Black Republican woman elected to Congress, but dismisses claims that her election marks any significant progress against racism in America.

UNHAPPY ANNIVERSARY: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker observes that although December marks seven years since the beginning of the Great Recession, the economy is still struggling to recover.

RIGHT IDEA, WRONG APPROACH: FairVote Executive Director and Top Wonk Rob Richie advocates for electoral college reform, but warns that Michigan’s HB 5974 legislation could cause more harm than good.

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THE ONES THEY LEFT BEHIND…IMMEDIATE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION…KEYSTONE DEFEAT, A VICTORY…Walmart Workers Gear Up to Strike on Black Friday…New Brennan Center Voting Web-Series is Out…Transgender Tipping Poing…Ask Naomi Klein Anything TODAY at Noon!…

THE ONES THEY LEFT BEHINDSmart Capitalist Antonio Elmaleh released “The Ones They Left Behind,” a new book detailing post-Civil War America through the eyes of veteran Harriman Hickenlooper. The Civil War Trust Washington, D.C. Senior Vice President Frank DeLuca: “In his first novel, Antonio Elmaleh lifts our spirits as basic human decency prevails and a good man finds redemption and love.” READ more HERE.

IMMEDIATE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called on President Obama to take bold executive action on immigration: “There has been enough consideration. The time for discussion, debate, and delay is over.  Now, it is time to act” … Congressional Progressive Caucus and Senate Democrats also expressed their support … SIGN Presente’s petition HERE*TONIGHT* at 8 p.m. EST. President Obama will outline his plan. TUNE IN HERE. Agenda Project Founder and President Erica Payne TELLS PP: “I cannot wait to see Republicans run against this in 2016 … and lose every single seat they gained this year.”

KEYSTONE DEFEAT, A VICTORY — Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President and Top Wonk Frances Beinecke lauded the Senate’s narrow defeat of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Tuesday: “The Senate did the right thing to reject the misguided bill, and now the president should do the right thing and reject the pipeline.” The proposed 1,179 mile pipeline would pump tar sands oils from Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries. SIGN 350.org’s petition urging President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline HERE.

READ: “The Grand Oil Party Takes Washington by Storm” over at The Nation and “The Shady PR War Unleashed Against Environmentalists Who Oppose Keystone Pipeline” over at AlterNet.

$15 AND FULL TIME — Walmart workers across the country are planning to strike for the third consecutive year against the retailer on Black Friday–the biggest shopping day of the year. The demonstrators, organized by OURWalmart, will push the nation’s largest private employer for more sustainable labor practices including a $15 hourly wage, more full-time work, and an end to retaliation against those who wish to form a union. SIGN the petition to Walmart’s owners HERE and WATCH a video explaining the day of protest HERE.

THANKFUL FOR UNIONS: Main Street–a project of Working America, community affiliate of AFL-CIO–shared a union-made Thanksgiving shopping list. CHECK it out HERE.

RAISING ILLINOIS’ WAGE: Business for a Fair Minimum Wage CEO Holly Sklar backed Illinois business owners’ call on state lawmakers to pass a minimum wage increase during the legislative veto session: “Nebraska, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Alaska passed binding state minimum wage increases on November 4 and other states passed significant increases earlier this year. Illinois can boost business and the state economy by passing an increase now.”

STORIES FROM THE STATES – The Brennan Center for Justice launched “Voting 2014: Stories from the States,” a new web-series featuring the stories of those affected by restrictive voting laws in the midterm election. READ the full series HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Fixed Fortunes: Biggest Corporate Political Interests Spend Billions, Get Trillions” over at Sunlight Foundation.

TRANSGENDER TIPPING POINT — In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, the American Constitution Society released “The Transgender Tipping Point: An Overview for the Advocate,” a legal issue brief written by Ramapo College of New Jersey Law and Society Professor Dr. Jillian T. Weiss. READ the full briefing HERE.

STOP EXAGGERATING – The NRDC released “The Exaggerator,” a video satirizing the misinformation surrounding the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule. NRDC Water Program Senior Attorney Jon Devine: “Contaminated water is no laughing matter … but industrial polluters’ ridiculous attacks on the president’s clean water plan to protect our nation’s wetlands, lakes and streams deserves a good mocking.” WATCH the video HERE, READ the NRDC’s full defense of the rule HERE, and WRITE to your Senators in support of the Clean Water Protection Rule HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

ASK NAOMI KLEIN ANYTHING: Journalist, author, and Top Wonk Naomi Klein is answering questions live on Reddit *TODAY* at Noon EST.  PARTICIPATE HERE.

POTUS VS SCOTUS: President of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Top Wonk Doug Kendell predicts the 2016 democratic candidate will need to campaign against the conservative Roberts court.

FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout and Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig talk to Bill Moyers about their historic campaigns to take money out of politics.

THE ORIGINS OF “STUPID”: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker places the blame for a misinformed public where it is deserved: the mainstream media.

WE ARE THE 99.99 PERCENT: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich warns that the richest 16,000 Americans have hijacked our economic and political systems.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

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ELECTION AFTERMATH…OBAMA SUPPORTS AN OPEN INTERNET…ALEC EXODUS CONTINUES…COMMEMORATING VETERANS…Oil Industry Unmasked…Act Now For 11 Million…Private Equity At Work…More from the Wonk Wire!…

ELECTION AFTERMATH –  Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich summed up last week’s lost opportunity for Democrats: “The midterm elections should have been about jobs and wages, and how to reform a system where nearly all the gains go to the top. It was an opportunity for Democrats to shine. Instead, they hid” … READ: “Election Surprise: Red States Pass Minimum Wage Increases” over at the American Constitution Society … Despite record campaign contributions–broken down by the Brennan Center for Justice HERE–voter turnout was the lowest on record since WWII–with just 36.4 percent of the voting-eligible population casting ballots … The Nation: “Did Voting Restrictions Determine Outcomes of Key Midterm Races?” … Center for American Progress: “Race and Beyond: Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote” … Are you reflected in the new Congress? FIND OUT HERE.

OBAMA SUPPORTS AN OPEN INTERNET — President Obama publicly endorsed net neutrality on Monday by urging the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a utility: “In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life.” Such reclassification would block a leaked proposal by the FCC to eradicate net neutrality in favor of a “hybrid” system that would effectively create a two-tiered Internet. ACLU Washington Legislative Office Director Laura W. Murphy: “Today, President Obama is a free speech champion” … Former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Media and Democracy Reform Initiative Special Advisor Michael Copps: “Thank you, Mr. President.” SIGN a petition urging the FCC to listen to the President HERE.

ALEC EXODUS CONTINUES — Common Cause Research Analyst Jay Riestenberg lauded AOL’s decision to not renew its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): “This further shows companies don’t want to be in bed with ALEC anymore, whether it’s regarding ALEC’s denial of climate science, opposition to net neutrality, or the fact that ALEC is facing an IRS complaint charging the organization with tax fraud” … Since August, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Yelp have all cut ties with the group. Last month a coalition of 80 organizations–including American Family Voices, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Americans United for Change, Campaign for America’s Future, ColorofChange.org, CREDO Action, Demos, Greenpeace, MoveOn.org, the National Employment Law Project, and Sierra Club–sent a letter to eBay executives urging them to follow suit.

COMMEMORATING VETERANS1.7 million veterans live in households that have relied on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the past year, according to new findings by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Rental assistance also played a vital role in supporting veterans, reducing homelessness among veterans by 33 percent between 2010 and 2014 … Meanwhile, CAP crunched the numbers on challenges faced by our veterans and provided a list of organizations dedicated to helping them and their families. READ: “Remembering America’s Veterans in 2014.”

OIL INDUSTRY UNMASKED — The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a new report exposing the extent to which major oil companies are attempting to thwart a California law that will require them to pay for their carbon pollution–including propping up front organizations and funneling tens of millions into lobbying. NRDC senior scientist Merrian Borgeson: “Big Oil believes it can hide behind slick marketing and scare tactics to avoid responsibility for its share of California’s climate pollution, but our clean energy policies cut dangerous emissions, boost the state’s economy, and drive investment in our most disadvantaged communities. Why should oil companies get a free pass when the state’s other major polluters are complying?” READ the full report HERE.

ACT NOW FOR 11 MILLION — Presente launched a campaign urging President Obama to act immediately through executive action to provide relief for the 11 million immigrants living in the United States: “The President was elected twice to the White House in large part because of the support of the Latino vote … We’ve waited long enough for the President to fulfill his promise.” SIGN the petition HERE.

PRIVATE EQUITY AT WORK — The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)–along with Campaign for America’s Future, Americans for Financial Reform, and IPS’ Inequality & The Common Good–will host a book signing for CEPR Senior Economist and Top Wonk Eileen Appelbaum and Cornell University Professor Rosemary Batt’s book, Private Equity at Work. The event will be moderated by The Nation National Affairs Correspondent William Greider and will take place at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. FIND OUT more HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

NO TO NEW TRADE PACTS: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker explains why the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP) are “everything that people hate about Washington.”

EBOLA DEBRIEF: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz outlines the lessons to be learned from the Ebola crisis.

A PRECARIOUS PATH: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins warns against the inevitable result of federally supported, subsidized, and institutionalized speculation by big banks.

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POST-ELECTION AGENDA: TIME TO FIGHT BACK…SOME GOOD NEWS…THE BOTTOM LINE…DON’T STOP BELIEVING…Keep Our Waters Clean…Obamacare and You…Apple Still Dodging Taxes…TANF is Tanking…

TIME TO FIGHT BACKThe Nation Editors summed up the role of Progressives in the post-election climate: “Fighting bad proposals and bad compromises isn’t enough. We need new thinking and new approaches” … Republicans secured both Houses for the first time in eight years on Tuesday in an election largely shaped by restrictive voter ID laws  and a huge influx of campaign moneyWORD ON THE STREET: Demos: “We have to rethink the whole system” … Common Cause: “See Who Spent the Most on Election 2014” … American Constitution Society: “The Reality of Voting Rights on Election Day” … Brennan Center: “How Much of a Difference Did New Voting Restrictions Make in Yesterday’s Close Races?” and “Voter Identification, Ideology and the Voter Fraud Meme” … AlterNet: ”When Bullies Win: How Do Weary Americans Face the Post-Election Trauma?

SOME GOOD NEWS: Four states and two cities voted to give themselves a raise. Business for a Fair Minimum Wage CEO Holly Sklar tells PP: “Minimum wage ballot wins sent a clear message: Americans across the political spectrum want to raise the minimum wage” … Meanwhile, Washington state scored a win for gun safety, California struck a blow to mass incarceration, Massachusetts secured its residents paid sick days, and Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC voted to legalize marijuana. READ: “Weed Is Legal in Capital–and 10 Other Reasons the Election Wasn’t a Total Bust” over at The Nation.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Voter turnout–especially among youth, people of color, and low-income constituents–is on the decline, which is bad news for everyone. READ: “5 Ways Life in America Would Be Better If Everyone Voted” over at Rolling Stone by Demos Research Assistant Sean McElwee.

DON’T STOP BELIEVING — Although Republicans gained control of the Senate on Tuesday, President Obama will likely still be able to appoint judges, according to a new report by Alliance for Justice (AFJ). The last three presidents to serve two terms–and who also faced an oppositional Senate–saw about 20% of their judges confirmed. AFJ President and Top Wonk Nan Aron: “… We need to redouble the fight to confirm judicial nominees who represent the full diversity of America and who are committed to upholding the rights of everyday Americans.” READ: “Why No One Should Give Up On Judicial Confirmations in a Republican-Controlled Senate.”

KEEP OUR WATER CLEAN — Aging wastewater systems spill 900 billion gallons of untreated sewage and wastewater into U.S. waterways each year, according to a new Center for American Progress (CAP) report that comes on the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. CAP Policy Analyst Shiva Polefka: “By stepping up to make the investments we need for reliable, climate-change-ready wastewater infrastructure, policymakers can put Americans to work, protect our waterways, and avert significantly greater long-term costs.” READ: “Rising Waters, Rising Threat: How Climate Change Endangers America’s Neglected Wastewater Infrastructure.”

OBAMACARE AND YOU – The Urban Institute released a new report detailing the effects of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses. READ: “Monitoring the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Employers.”

APPLE STILL DODGING TAXES — Apple CEO Tim Cook’s coming-out essay has overshadowed news that despite congressional hearings, the company continues to divert its profits into tax havens overseas, according to Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ). CTJ Senior Counsel Rebecca Wilkins: “The company has paid almost no tax on the foreign income despite having substantial sales in countries where the corporate tax rate is in the mid-20s.” READ more HERE.

TANF IS TANKING — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) published new findings that the purchasing power of 98% of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients is below 1996 levels after adjusting for inflation … Congress has not renewed its support for researching ways to improve the program. READ CBPP’s reports detailing the decrease in benefits and the shortsightedness of denying research funds HERE and HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Brennan Center for Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar and Brennan Center for Justice Program Assistant Abigail Finkelman explain why criminal justice policy is not a campaign issue.

EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein suggest that the real cause of stagnant wages and rising inequality is the absence of full employment.

RETAKE DEMOCRACY: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout envisions a future in which corporations do not own democracy.

A STORY AS OLD AS AMERICA: Advancement Project Co-Director and Top Wonk Judith Browne-Dianis and Former Ohio Governor and CAP Action Fund President Ted Strickland connect Michael Brown to Emmett Till as part of a tragic legacy.

AND THE WINNER IS: Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program Director and Top Wonk Wendy Weiser and Deputy Director and Top Wonk Lawrence Norden think the real winners of the 2014 elections are the five conservative Supreme Court Justices.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

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WHY THE VOTING GAP MATTERS…BRENNAN CENTER TALK *TODAY*…THE NATION DEBATES CUOMO…INVASION OF THE DATA SNATCHERS…Protect All Women…Min Wage Mythbusters…Protect All Women…More on the Wonk Wire…

WHY THE VOTING GAP MATTERS – Demos published a new report finding that voter turnout–especially during midterm elections–is dominated by high-income individuals who tend to favor more conservative economic policies. Demos Research Assistant and report author Sean McElwee: “Politicians respond to voters, not non-voters“ …  Meanwhile, big money groups are increasingly the biggest influence on politicians in the post-Citizens United landscape, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. READ: “Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit,” by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship over at AlterNet.

TO MAKE MEN FREE — The Brennan Center is hosting a discussion *TODAY* at 6:00 pm in New York with Historian Heather Cox Richardson about her new book, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. The discussion will center around “the implications and unintended consequences the Republican Party’s ideological vacillations have had for minorities, the middle class, and America at large.” RSVP HERE.

PP MUST READS: “Vote Working Families Party to Pressure Andrew Cuomo” and “No Quid Pro Quo, No Cuomo: Vote Howie Hawkins on November 4” over at The Nation.

INVASION OF THE DATA SNATCHERS — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched “Invasion of the Data Snatchers,” a new video exposing the inadequacy of privacy laws in the age of technology. WATCH HERE, SIGN a petition supporting limits on information that government and corporations can collect HERE, and READInvasion of the Data Snatchers: Big Data and the Internet of Things Means the Surveillance of Everything.”

PROTECT ALL WOMENBetween 2001 and 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in the US by an intimate partner with a gun--more than the total number of US troops killed in action during Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, according to the new campaign Protect All Women. The website–organized by the Center for American Progress (CAP)–showcases state-specific information about gun violence and domestic violence and highlights the work of groups including Americans for Responsible Solutions, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Protect All Women Leadership Network. FIND OUT more HERE, READWomen Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Affects Women and 4 Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them,” and TWEET #ProtectAllWomen.

DID YOU KNOW?? — The minimum wage buys LESS today than it did in 1950–Business for a Fair Minimum Wage crunches the numbers HERE … Meanwhile, the Roosevelt Institute breaks down the CEO Pay Debate HERE.

A GRASSROOTS VICTORY – Tar sands developers have lost $30.9 billion from 2010-2013–$17 billion of which can be attributed to citizen protests against pipelines and tar sands, according to a new report by Oil Change International and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Oil Change International Executive Director Steve Kretzmann: “Industry officials never anticipated the level and intensity of public opposition to their massive build-out plans. Public opposition has caused government and its administrative agencies to take a second and third look.” READMaterial Risks: How Public Accountability is Slowing Tar Sands Development” and SIGN the NoKXL Pledge of Resistance organized by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, and the Other 98% HERE.

TERM LIMITS FOR SCOTUS? — The American Constitution Society published “Supreme Court Term Limits: Pursuing Apolitical Predictability,” a three-part blog series by Bell Nunnally Associate and ACS Dallas-Ft. Worth Lawyer Chapter President Jason Steed that explores the idea of term limits for Supreme Court Justices. READ Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

FERGUSON 2 ORLANDO — A coalition of organizations–including Advancement Project, the Organization for Black Struggle, Ohio Student Association, and Dream Defenders–gathered at the 121st Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Orlando, FL on Monday to demand police accountability and a fundamental shift in relations between police and communities of color. Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne-Dianis: “It’s time for the IACP, police chiefs, and all policymakers around the country who have ignored the cries of Black and Brown youth to hear us. We are all Mike Brown. We are all John Crawford. We are all Eric Garner. We are all Shantel Davis. We are here to say to the Police Chiefs, no more.” READ more about the coalition’s demands HERE, SIGN a petition from ColorOfChange.org HERE, and TWEET #Ferguson2Orlando.

ANCHORS AWEIGH – Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report outlining how “anchor institutions” such as universities and hospitals can play a large role in community revitalization and economic growth with aid from the federal government. READ: “Eds, Meds, and the Feds: How the Federal Government Can Foster the Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Revitalization.”

FROM THE WONK WIRE

VOLATILE VOTING RIGHTS: Advancement Project Co-Director and Top Wonk Penda D. Hair explains how the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act last year has left voting rights in a precarious position.

INEQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY: EPI President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel praises Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s no-nonsense speech about income inequality and social mobility.

A FAILURE OF FUNDING: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker criticizes politicians for their selfishness and shortsightedness in failing to fund an Ebola vaccine.

HARDLY A TYRANT: Brennan Center for Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar argues that President Obama is not abusing his power, but is rather doing what is necessary to pass legislation in spite of a gridlocked Congress.

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