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.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

ON OUR AGENDA**HAPPY HOLIDAYS** from our PP family to yours! … We will return after the New Year with a fresh dose of progress … Meanwhile, visit our Twitter @PractProgress.

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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.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

ON OUR AGENDA … PP congratulates Marshall Fitz for being named Vice President for Immigration Policy at CAP. He succeeds Angela Kelly, who will coordinate outreach around President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions …

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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.”

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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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JUST THE (MIN WAGE) FACTS…REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL PART DEUX…WORKING MOTHER Q&A *TODAY*…BLOCKING THE VOTE…SKEWED JUSTICE…Who’s At Risk?…Invest In Students…GOTV Training Tools…More From the Wonk Wire!…

JUST THE FACTS — Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would save the government $7.6 billion per year and ensure 1.7 million Americans would no longer need to rely on public assistance programs, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) … These findings come on the heels of Walmart and Starbucks announcing that they would both be raising their wages … Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) doesn’t think that the minimum wage “serves a purpose,” Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is “tired of hearing about the minimum wage,” and Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) balked, “How would I know?” when asked what the minimum wage should be. READ: “Republicans Say Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Job Growth. Here’s What the Evidence Says.”

Small Business Majority published “Just the Facts,” a set of state-specific online guides on the impacts of raising the minimum wage in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. CHECK them out HERE.

REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL PART DEUX — The Agenda Project Action Fund released RCK II: Joni Ernst Wants to Cut, an Iowa state specific follow-up to “Republican Cuts Kill.” WATCH the ad HERE, READ the accompanying report HERE, and CONTRIBUTE to put the ad on TV HERE … Meanwhile, Media Matters SUMS UP how conservative media is still denying the connection between GOP budget cuts and the Ebola crisis HERE.

Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden applauded the President’s appointment of Ron Klain as the Ebola ‘Czar’: “Having a proven manager at the helm will allow health and disease professionals, such as CDC Director Thomas Frieden and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, to focus on ensuring their agencies are operating at their greatest potential in order to combat the disease.”

PP MUST READ: “Dear Democrats: Please All and You’ll Please None” by Don’t Buy It author Anat Shenker-Osorio and Lake Research Partners Co-President Celinda Lake.

WORKING MOTHER Q&A *TODAY* — The FAMILY Act coalition–including CLASP, Family Values @ Work, MomsRising.org, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Working Mother Magazine–are hosting a Q&A and conversation TODAY on the Working Mother Magazine Facebook page from 1-2pm EST. The discussion, in honor of National Work and Family Month, will feature Working Mother Magazine Editorial Director Jennifer Owens, author Sharon Lerner, State Senator Gayle Goldin (D-RI), and Environmental Science Associates Vice President Annette Bonilla. CHECK it out HERE.

BLOCKING THE VOTE – Brennan Center for Justice President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman breaks down the costs and consequences of recent voter ID policies: “Are these laws malevolent? (In Texas, at least, yes.) Do they provide a benefit that outweighs their cost? (No.) Do they suppress the vote (Alarmingly, it seems, yes.) And can we prevent fraud without disenfranchising Americans? (Yes absolutely.)” READ his full analysis HERE and “The War on Voting” over at The Nation.

SKEWED JUSTICE — The escalation of television attack ads exacerbated by the Citizens United decision has made courts less likely to rule in favor of criminal defendants, according to a new study by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS). ACS President and Top Wonk Caroline Fredrickson: “The amount of money spent in state judicial elections has skyrocketed and the results of that spending are clear. The flood of interest group money set free by Citizens United are endangering what should be impartial judicial decision-making and putting the fundamental constitutional rights of every American at risk.” READ: “Skewed Justice: Citizens United, Television Advertising, and State Supreme Court Justices’ Decisions in Criminal Cases” and a New York Times profile of the study HERE.

$4 BILLION: The amount candidates, parties, and outside groups will have spent in the 2014 midterm elections, making it the most expensive midterm in history. The Center for Responsive Politics breaks it down HERE.

WHO’S AT RISK?5.4 million Californians currently live within a mile of at least one oil or gas well–3.7 million of whom are people of color, according to new findings from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). NRDC Senior Scientist Miriam Rotkin-Ellman: “California’s communities of color have long been dumping grounds for industrial pollution–and our analysis shows that fracking is poised to pile on more if the oil and gas industry has its way.” READ: “Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk?

INVEST IN STUDENTS — The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new report finding that most states are still spending less per-pupil in grades K-12 than they were before the recession. Although funding in most states has increased from last year, it has still not made up for large cuts in past years. READ more HERE.

GET OUT THE VOTE — The Analyst Institute released a new GOTV training video for progressive field organizers and volunteers. If you are an Analyst Institute member, WATCH HERE. If not, EMAIL info@analystinstitute.org for a video-only login.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

WHAT’S UP, CHEVRON?: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wonders why Chevron is spending millions of dollars in a municipal election in California.

DIVESTMENT SUCCESSES: Journalist, author, and Top Wonk Naomi Klein praises divestment efforts for challenging the moral legitimacy of making profits from fossil fuels.

ECONOMIC ETHICS: University of Missouri-Kansas City Economic and Law Associate Professor and Top Wonk William Black slams the NYT Dealbook for asserting that Citi can’t afford to run an honest bank in Mexico.

THE WORLD WE CREATE: NRDC President and Top Wonk Frances Beinecke released a new book The World We Create: A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril. READ more HERE and order a copy HERE.

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REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL – The Agenda Project Action Fund (AP Action) released “Republican Cuts Kill” on Monday–a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack ad that implicates GOP budget cuts for the Ebola crisis. Daily Kos says: “..the toughest political attack ad in memory” … The Young Turks says: “Damn…that was a really aggressive ad” … AP Action President and Founder Erica Payne tells PP: “Republicans have run for 40 years on cutting government. It’s about time people understood the downside of their reckless fanaticism” … WATCH the ad HERE, read the accompanying report HERE, and CONTRIBUTE to put the ad on TV HERE.

…This morning, AP Action released a custom video–RCK II: Joni Ernst Wants to Cut–targeting Iowa voters. INTERESTED in a custom video for your state? CONTACT AP Action Director of Outreach Gene Haigh at 202-446-0489 or ghaigh@agendaproject.org.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Rachel Maddow Show, and Hardball with Chris Mathews covered the story.

WE STILL WANT JUSTICEOver 50 people–including professor and author Cornel West and several religious leaders–were arrested last weekend when thousands gathered for Ferguson October protests. The weekend of resistance was organized by Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and their partnersSIGN United for Ferguson’s open letter demanding critical reforms surrounding policing and strengthening the economic infrastructure HERE. READ: “After #Ferguson” and “Can Ferguson’s Protests Build a Nationwide Movement Against Police Violence?” over at The Nation and “Ferguson in Focus,” a new report released by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

VOTING RIGHTS REGRESSION — Brennan Center Democracy Program Deputy Director Myrna Perez responded to a federal appeals court’s decision yesterday to reinstate Texas’s voter ID requirement: “This discriminatory law will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of voters, many of whom are minorities, to make their voices heard this November.” The organization filed an emergency appeal to the US Supreme Court yesterday. This decision is the latest in a series of cases addressing voter ID requirements across the country … MEANWHILE, comedian Lewis Black has joined forces with the ACLU to write “F*** Voter Suppression,” an open letter to politicians encouraging them to “get off [their] a**es and do the right thing.” SIGN HERE … and BEFORE YOU VOTE, check out nonpartisan database Project Vote Smart for information about candidates’ voting records, funding sources, and more, using data by Open Secrets and Follow the Money.

OVERCRIMINALIZEDThe Nation, Brave New Films, and the ACLU have teamed up to launch the OverCriminalized campaign, which combats the mass criminalization of social problems like mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. WATCH the video series, HOST a screening, DOWNLOAD helpful resources, and SIGN the petition in support of H.R. 4574, the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act.

READ: “The Horror of One Mentally Ill Man’s Journey Through America’s Prison System” over at AlterNet.

DISCIPLINE DISPARITIES — Last week the Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) released two new reports detailing the overly harsh school disciplinary policies faced by LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youths of color … Advancement Project partnered with GSA Network to release a set of policy recommendations and infographics aimed at helping youths, teachers, administrators, and policy makers transform schools into safe and inclusive spaces. READ the full reports HERE.

EQUAL PAYBACK — Over the course of a career, a typical woman will lose $435,049 due to the gender wage gap. To combat this, comedian Sarah Silverman and creative agency Droga5 teamed up to launch “The Equal Payback Project,” a crowdfunding campaign that will direct funds to the National Women’s Law Center … CAP Middle-Out Economics Policy Analyst Brendan V. Duke: “It’s simple: When Americans don’t have disposable income, retailers don’t have customers. Our retailers won’t recover until their best customers–the middle class–recover.” READRetailer RevelationsHERE.

The National Employment Law Project released a breakdown of city minimum wage laws. CHECK it out HERE.

HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN — Center for American Progress published “A Quick Guide on the Human Rights of Women,” a fact sheet providing an overview of the differences between reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. READ the full report HERE.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS — Anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! teamed up with the Thomas Reuters Foundation and the global law firm DLA Piper to release the first ever global legal resource on street harassment yesterday. READ the FAQ and full report HERE.

SUNFRIGHT — The Sunlight Foundation will host their annual Open House October 30 at the Sunlight HQ in DC. TWEET #Sunfright, FIND OUT more and RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

IGNORANCE IS BLISS: CEPR Director of Domestic Policy and Top Wonk Nicole Woo reports that most people have not noticed that their taxes have increased.

TAX THE RICH?: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal wonders how progressive the U.S. tax code really is.

THE AGE OF VULNERABILITY: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz reflects on two new reports that show the magnitude of inequality in America.

EDUCATION EQUALITY: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich argues that there is no justification for per-student government subsidies to be higher at private universities than at public ones.

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SCOTUS SLAMS VOTING RIGHTS — Last night the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) blocked a mandate issued by a federal appeals court that would have allowed same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct ballots to be counted in North Carolina in next month’s midterm elections. North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber: “Tens of thousands of North Carolina voters, especially African-American voters, have relied on same-day registration, as well as the counting of ballots that were cast out of precinct, for years. As the appeals court correctly concluded, eliminating these measures will cause irreparable harm of denying citizens their right to vote in the November election–a right that, once lost, can never be recovered.” READ the full statement by the North Carolina NAACP and Advancement Project HERE.

TURN OUT FOR WHAT — Rock the Vote released Turn Out For What, a music video encouraging voter participation and featuring celebrities including Lena Dunham, Lil Jon, Fred Armisen, and Whoopi Goldberg. Only 24 percent of people ages 18 to 29 voted in the last midterm election in 2010. Lil Jon: “The work that Rock the Vote does is incredible. So it’s cool to collab with such an iconic organization.” WATCH the video HERE and REGISTER to vote HERE

DON’T CAVE TO THE NRA – In the midst of the ongoing Ebola crisis, CREDO Mobilize drafted a petition urging the President and Senate Democrats to support the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for US Surgeon General. President Obama nominated Dr. Murthy last November, however the National Rifle Association (NRA) has lobbied against him due to his stance on gun control … Former US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin: “The Surgeon General is America’s doctor … Not having one right now, you don’t have that face and that person that the American people can identify with as their doctor who’s looking out for them on a large scale.” SIGN CREDO Mobilize’s petition urging Senate Democrats not to cave to the NRA HERE.

UNITED FOR FERGUSON — A coalition of groups–including Advancement Project, Center for Popular Democracy, ColorofChange.org, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, RH Reality Check, RootsAction, The Nation, and Working Families–released United for Ferguson, an open letter to the executive branch demanding definitive solutions and critical reforms surrounding policing and strengthening the economic infrastructure. SIGN the letter HERETHIS WEEKEND Hands up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment and their partners are hosting Ferguson October, a national protest against  police racial violence. TEXT 90975 for action updates and FIND OUT about logistics and registration HERE.

CELEBRATING AMERICA’S FUTURE – Campaign for America’s Future will host their annual gala THIS TUESDAY at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Honorees include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Co-Founder and Co-Director Saru Jayaraman, and AFSCME President Lee Saunders. FIND out more HERE and PURCHASE tickets HERE.

WHAT’S AT STAKE – The Brennan Center for Justice and Mother Jones will host “What’s at Stake for 2014 and Beyond?,” a pre-election primer THIS TUESDAY in New York. The event will feature Brennan Center President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman, MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” host Alex Wagner, Mother Jones Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn, and New York Post Editorial Writer Robert A. George. FIND OUT more and RSVP HERE.

PP MUST READ: “Improving Wages, Improving Lives: Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Civil and Human Rights Issue,” released by Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and The Leadership Conference Education Fund.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

MEDICATION NATION: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich explains why Americans are not as angry as they should be at Big Pharma.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Saint Peter’s College Professor of Economics and Top Wonk Nina Shapiro reveals how eyewitness IDs lead to wrongful convictions.

POWER PLAYERS: Center for Full Employment and Price Stability Director and Top Wonk L. Randall Wray argues that the economy is driven by power more than market forces.

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BANK REGULATORS BUSTED…RAISE THE WAGE…WHAT’S NEXT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS?…STOP STOP-AND-FRISK…51 MILLION AMERICANS INVISIBLE TO POLITICAL PROCESS…Middle Class Costs Rising…NYC Coalition Acts to End Employment Credit Checks…SCOTUS Preview…Save the Butterflies…

BANK REGULATORS BUSTED — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for a congressional hearing investigating the Federal Reserve Bank of New York after last week’s release of secret recordings: “We need regulators who understand they work for the American people, not for the big banks.” The leaked recordings suggest that the bank was overly deferential to the financial companies that it should have been regulating. LISTEN to the recordings HERE and SIGN MoveOn.org’s petition supporting Sen. Warren HERE.

READ: “A ‘Perfectly Legal’ Scam is Perfectly Unacceptable to Real Bank Supervisors” by University of Missouri-Kansas City Economics and Law Associate Professor and Top Wonk William K. Black.

RAISE THE WAGEMore than one in seven women in the United States–18 million–lived in poverty last year, according to new findings by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), released in conjunction with their new gender analysis of 2013 poverty data … Small Business Majority is organizing a Thunderclap for October 10th, highlighting the business case for raising the minimum wage. AGREE with 57% of Americans, 52% of small businesses, MomsRising, CAP Action, NWLC, and many others that the minimum wage should be raised to at least $10.10 and indexed to inflation? JOIN the Thunderclap HERE. Meanwhile, PROGRESS FROM COAST TO COAST: the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise wages to $15.37 for hotel workers and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order expanding the city’s living wage law to cover thousands who had previously been exempt. De Blasio: “We cannot continue to allow rampant and growing income inequality.”

Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and Main Street Alliance launched a national campaign that provides businesses with free decals and posters to show their support for a federal minimum wage of at least $10.10. WATCH an informational video HERE and ORDER a free decal or poster HERE.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS? –The New School for Public Engagement and The Nation will be hosting a free and public discussion in New York THIS SUNDAY based on The Nation’s new special issue, “Saving Public Schools.” The event will be moderated by MSNBC Host Chris Hayes and will feature a special appearance by NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. REGISTER HERE.

STOP STOP-AND-FRISK — The NAACP released a report detailing the effects of racial profiling on urban communities and calling for stronger anti-profiling legislation. READBorn Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America” and FIND OUT if your state bans racial profiling HERE.

51 MILLION AMERICANS — One in four eligible citizens are not currently registered to vote, meaning that “they are invisible citizens to the political process,” according to Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee in recent testimony to the Senate Banking Committee … AFL-CIO has teamed up with TurboVote to simplify voter registration. REGISTER to vote HERE and READThe Supreme Court That Made It Easier to Buy Elections Just Made It Harder for People to Vote In Them,” over at The Nation.

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE — The cost of basic pillars of middle class security including child care, higher education, healthcare, housing, and retirement have increased by $10,600 since 2000, according to a new analysis by CAP … While living costs are on the rise, incomes are stagnating or even falling. CAP President Neera Tanden: “This report should be a wakeup call for policymakers, for America’s companies, and for anyone who cares about the state of the economy.” READ the full report HERE.

GIVE THEM SOME CREDITThe NYC Coalition to Stop Credit Checks in Employment–including Demos, NAACP, the National Employment Law Project, and Working Families Party–released an open letter urging Bill de Blasio and City Council members to support the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act … The Act would restrict the use of personal credit history in the hiring process, which the coalition argues creates illegitimate barriSCOers, encourages discrimination, and may lead to invasions of privacy. SIGN the letter HERE.

PP MUST READ: The Skinny on Corporate Inversions,” over at the Center for American Progress.

SCOTUS SEASON PREVIEW — The American Constitution Society released footage of the 2014-2015 Supreme Court Preview they hosted late last month at the National Press Club. The National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen moderated the panel discussion, which featured National Women’s Law Center Vice President and General Counsel Emily Martin, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Associate Director-Counsel Janai Nelson, and many more. WATCH HERE.

INJUSTICE FOR ALLREADKilling of John Crawford: Injustice for All” by Grey’s Anatomy star and Advancement Project board member Jesse Williams on the killing of 22 year-old John Crawford.

SAVE THE BUTTERFLIES – NRDC President and Top Wonk Frances Beinecke summed up the importance of a new Endangered Species Coalition Report: “When species like the monarch butterflies are in trouble, that means we’re all in trouble, because they’re leading indicators of the health of the planet.” READ: “Vanishing: Ten American Species Our Children May Never See.”

FROM THE WONK WIRE

AGAINST THE REAGAN REVOLUTION: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich argues for an economic restructuring that favors the middle class.

LIVING WAGE LAWS: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Richard Brodsky explains Mayor de Blasio’s living wage expansion and the difference between a living wage and the minimum wage.

HUMANE ECONOMICS: University of Missouri-Kansas City Economics Department Chair and Top Wonk Stephanie Kelton was interviewed about climate change, Modern Monetary Theory, and the myth of the economic recovery.

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