48 MILLION HUNGRY AMERICANS…THEY’RE STILL WATCHING YOU…SYSTEM DOWN BUT NOT OUT…Clear Our Path…Jobs to Move America…The Creature Cruz…

48 MILLION HUNGRY AMERICANS – including 900,000 veterans — will be short changed tomorrow when $5 billion is cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) due to Congress’ failure to provide additional funding after a temporary boost provided by the 2009 Recovery Act. 87 percent of SNAP recipients live in households with children, seniors, or people with disabilities and over 80 percent live below the federal poverty line, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. So much for compassionate conservatism.

Demos Policy and Outreach Vice President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee: “This is going to have an effect not just on families and children and neighborhoods but also on our economy overall. Food stamps are one of the most powerful stimulus programs that you can have because people who receive food stamps spend them directly in their neighborhoods. You get more than a dollar in bang for your buck for every dollar that we spend. So as we start to see these cuts, we’re going to start to see the job numbers go down.”

SIGN UltraViolet’s petition to Congress HERE and READThe Food Stamp Cuts the Media Won’t Tell You About” by Media Matters.

THEY’RE STILL WATCHING YOU — Last Saturday the Stop Watching Us Coalition led thousands of demonstrators in DC in a rally against the National Security Administration’s (NSA) sweeping surveillance programs. The demonstration marked the twelfth anniversary of the Patriot Act and came in the wake of growing criticism toward the NSA’s domestic and foreign spying tactics. Members of the Stop Watching Us Coalition include Free Press, Freedom Works, the ACLU, Demand Progress, and Students for Liberty. WATCH a recap of the march HERE.

Credo Action launched a petition calling on President Obama to reign in the NSA. SIGN HERE.

READ: “Who Buys the Spies? The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State,” the first in a new series from Alternet’s New Economic Dialogue Project, edited by Lynn Parramore.

SYSTEM DOWN BUT NOT OUT — The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a new issue brief yesterday warning that any delay in the individual mandate under the the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would lead to harmful economic and political consequences. Opponents of the ACA are using the massive technological glitches of the HealthCare.gov website to push for a delay, despite recent findings that price competition among health plans has already led to lowered premiums that will total $190 billion in federal savings over the next decade.

Zoe Carpenter over at The Nation says it best: “Healthcare.gov’s problems — and their solutions — are technical, not political. They may reflect unreadiness and even incompetence, but not cruelty and dishonesty.”

READ: “49 Stories That the Media’s Focus on ACA Glitches Ignores” and “Top 8 Questions about the Affordable Care Act.” The New York Times, CNN, and Politico also covered the story.

CLEAR OUR PATH — Hundreds from a diverse range of immigration reform advocacy groups gathered on Tuesday in Orlando, FL to press for a clear pathway to citizenship and comprehensive immigration reform. Fifteen were arrested during the protest while urging Speaker John Boehner and his Republican colleagues in the House to bring the vote to the floor. Organizations that participated include Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, PICO Florida, Dreamer’s Moms, Central Florida Jobs with Justice, Advancement Project, the Alliance for Citizenship, and members from the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

CHECKING UP ON WORKERS’ RIGHTS — American workers are afraid to report health and safety violations for fear of employer retaliation, according to a new study published by the Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch).  President and CEO Katherine McFate summed it up: “American workers who report health and safety risks need better protections against employer retaliation. Federal workplace health and safety laws are weak and outdated and leave workers who experience retaliation without adequate remedy.” READ: “Securing the Right to a Safe and Healthy Workplace: Improve State Laws to Protect Workers.”

JOBS TO MOVE AMERICA — The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy’s (LAANE) “Jobs to Move America” coalition successfully convinced the Chicago Transit Authority to encourage companies vying for a $2 billion transit contract to include comprehensive job programs in their bids. LAANE used a similar altered bidding model in Los Angeles, which resulted in increased domestic manufacturing and job creation. LAANE and Jobs to Move America will be urging public transportation agencies throughout the country to work with companies who can provide energy efficient domestic manufacturing that secures jobs through public dollars. TWEET @LAANE and FIND out more HERE.

ON OUR AGENDA, FROM THE WONK WIRE

THE CREATURE CRUZ: Demos Policy and Outreach Vice President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee explains on The Ed Show how Ted Cruz is a creature of Citizens United.

LASTING DAMAGE: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker assesses the continuing economic damage of the recession according to the IMF.

CHEAPER, SIMPLER, BETTER?: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich spells out the irony of Republicans fighting against their own ACA guidelines.

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CRUZ (OUT OF) CONTROL…RALLY AGAINST THE SURVEILLANCE STATE…RUNNING IN PLACE…BILLIONAIRES’ CARBON BOMB…Delayed, Diluted, Defunct…Life After Shutdown…

CRUZ (OUT OF) CONTROL — Free Press Action Fund has created a petition urging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to remove his hold on the nomination of Tom Wheeler as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Cruz, a major orchestrator of the recent 16 day government shutdown, is worried Wheeler will make campaign financing more transparent by enacting the DISCLOSE Act, which would require super PACS, corporations, and other groups to disclose contributions to political campaign ads over $10,000. SIGN HERE to demand Cruz stop his shut down tactics.

TIME, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Variety, Vanity Fair, and Think Progress covered the story.

RALLY AGAINST THE SURVEILLANCE STATE — This Saturday, October 26th, the StopWatching.Us coalition will march on DC to mark the twelfth anniversary of the Patriot Act by delivering a 571,000 signature petition to Congress. Their demands include increased government transparency and an end to mass surveillance. Members of the coalition include Free Press, Freedom Works, the ACLU, Demand Progress, and Students for Liberty. ACLU legislative counsel Michelle Richardson: “The diversity of this coalition should surprise no one: freedom and privacy are fundamental American values that transcend the left-right divide.” RSVP, SIGN the petition, and FIND OUT MORE HERE.

READ: “What the Government Does with Americans’ Data,” a recent report by the Brennan Center for Justice detailing the extent that U.S. intelligence agencies aggregate data of average Americans.

RUNNING IN PLACE — The middle class and poor are experiencing increasingly similar roadblocks to reaching financial security, according to a new study released by Demos. “Running in Place: Where the Middle Class and Poor Meet” analyzes the role of public policy through the lens of social mobility, inequality, and the prevalence of low-wage jobs. READ the full report HERE, co-authored by Demos President Miles Rapoport.

CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker will join Former Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Joe Biden Jared Bernstein to discuss their new book Getting Back to Full Employment at Busboys and Poets in DC on November 25th. FIND out more HERE.

BILLIONAIRES’ CARBON BOMB — The International Forum on Globalization published new findings in their report “Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb” exposing the Koch brothers’ vetted interest in the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. IFG researcher Nathalie Lowenthall-Savy: “The Kochs have repeatedly claimed that they have no interest in the Keystone XL Pipeline, this report shows that this is false. We noticed Koch Funded Tea Party members and think tanks pushing for the pipeline. We dug deeper and found $100 billion in potential profit, $50 million sent to organizations supporting the pipeline, and perhaps 2 million acres of land. That sounds like a lot of interest to me.”

The proposed 1,179 mile pipeline has garnered immense controversy in recent months. Since 1990, pipelines in the U.S. have spilled more than 110 million gallons of crude oil and petroleum, including oil from tar sands that is 15 to 20 percent dirtier than conventional petroleum.

SIGN the NoKXL Pledge of Resistance, LEARN more about the group HERE and TWEET #nokx and @nokxlpledge.

DELAYED, DILUTED, DEFUNCT — Americans for Financial Reform, the AFL-CIO, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Effective Government, and others will participate in a briefing this Friday entitled “Delayed, Diluted, Defunct: How Congressional Mandates are Thwarted by Broken Regulatory Process.” It will take place at the Russell Senate Office Building in DC. REGISTER to attend HERE.

ON OUR AGENDA, FROM THE WONK WIRE

LIFE AFTER SHUTDOWN: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker argues that it is time to move forward after the budget deal.

THE END OF NORMAL: Chair in Government and Business Relations at the University of Texas and Top Wonk James K. Galbraith examines how fixing inequality can save us from another financial crisis.

A LONG MARCH: Former IMF Chief Economist and Top Wonk Simon Johnson chronicles the long march of the American Right.

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DEFAULT AVERTED, NOW WHAT?…MEDICAL DEVICE TAX STILL UP FOR DEBATE…YELLEN SHATTERS GLASS CEILING…Nothing to Save (Except Voting Rights)…Top Wonk Wins Nobel Prize!…

DEFAULT AVERTED, NOW WHAT? – With the shutdown over and debt ceiling crisis averted (for now) progressives are looking to fix the fundamental issues related to the ongoing fiscal debates in Washington. David Callahan of Demos released a statement urging the President not to buckle on upcoming budget negotiations and the Center for American Progress published a new report today highlighting solutions to end austerity. Credo Action also launched two petitions, one reprimanding House Republicans and the other thanking Harry Reid. SIGN them HERE and HERE.

Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich: “… the real action between now and January 15 will be over the federal budget. The threat of another government shutdown is the only major bargaining leverage House Republicans possess in order to get what they consider ‘MEANINGFUL’ CONCESSIONS… The President has now scored a victory over extremist Republicans. But the fight will continue. He mustn’t relinquish ground during the upcoming cease-fire.”

READ: “The Government Shutdown Was a War Against the Poor” over at The Nation.

MEDICAL DEVICE TAX STILL UP FOR DEBATE — 105 organizations including the AFL-CIO, Americans for Tax Fairness, Campaign for America’s Future, Citizens for Tax Justice, MomsRising, MoveOn.org and NOW sent a letter to Congress on Tuesday opposing the proposed repeal of the medical devices excise tax. This 2.3 percent tax helps cover costs for the health insurance of 25 million Americans under the Affordable Care Act. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities also recently released a report highlighting how the medical industry’s lobbyists have been distorting the political and economic implications of the tax. READ the full letter to Congress HERE.

YELLEN SHATTERS GLASS CEILING — President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden lauded the President’s historic nomination of Janet Yellen as Head of the Federal Reserve: “Janet Yellen’s long history of experience with central banking makes her an excellent choice to lead the Federal Reserve. Her exceptional ability to understand how policies impact our country’s financial performance will be key to ensuring that America continues down a path toward full economic recovery. And as the first woman to run the Fed, Janet is breaking yet another glass ceiling in an arena full of gender barriers. Because of her leadership, determination, and courage, more little girls around the world can dream of someday running economies.” READ: “Welcome to the Humanist Reserve, Led by Janet Yellen.”

NOTHING TO SAVE (EXCEPT VOTING RIGHTS) — Advancement Project and over 20 other civil rights and immigrant justice organizations questioned the implications of Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s recent five-day Voter Purge tour. Detzner met with Supervisors of Elections throughout the state in the hope that they would cross list the state’s voter registration system with the Department of Homeland Security’s System Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database to determine voter eligibility. SAVE does not definitively verify citizenship status and could target naturalized citizens. Detzner and his staff failed to give clear justification for their unwarranted efforts when pressed by the progressive organizations during the tour. READ the full policy statement HERE.

MAKING PROGRESS — CAP will be celebrating ten years on Thursday, October 24th at their 2013 Progressive Party with special guest Hillary Rodham Clinton. It will take place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C. RSVP and FIND out more HERE.

ON OUR AGENDA, FROM THE WONK WIRE

SPILLED MILK: Brennan Center fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy uncovers the correlation between campaign contribution limits and the price of milk.

NOT A NATURAL DISASTER: Nobel Prize winner and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz argues that the blame for economic inequality lies with governments and not the global market.

TOP WONK WINS NOBEL PRIZE! … PP congratulates Case-Shiller Index author and Top Wonk Robert Shiller for being awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. The committee selected Shiller, along with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hanson, “for their empirical analysis of asset prices.” READ articles by Shiller HERE.

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TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS: WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU LATELY??…MEANWHILE, OBAMACARE IS FINALLY HERE…ANOTHER CITIZENS UNITED?…The State of Women in America…Inequality For All Premieres!…

TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS: WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOU LATELY?? – The government shutdown entered its third day with no end in sight, as the Republican-led house carried on their delusions of grandeur (despite immense evidence to the contrary) aided by conservative pundits like Bill Kristol who said on Morning Joe: “I don’t think it’s the end of the world.” READ Media Matters’ new report “How Broadcast and Cable News Cover The Economy.”

Progressive groups continue to demand action. CREDO Action launched a page for visitors to call House Republicans and demand they back down, as well as another to urge Democrats not to buckle under GOP pressure.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): “HOSTAGE TAKING IS ALL THEY HAVE LEFT” … Robert Costa: “WHAT WE’RE SEEING IS THE END OF INSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICAN POWER” … Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind): “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT EVEN IS” …

READ: “House Republicans and the Betrayal of Democracy,” by University of Chicago Law Professor and Top Wonk Geoffrey R. Stone; “GOP Temper Tantrum” and “Government Shutdown Will Hit Federal Workers, Poor Americans” over at The Nation

… MEANWHILE, AFFORDABLE CARE IS FINALLY HERE — Despite the questionable efforts of conservatives, the Affordable Care Act is NOW LIVE.. Planned Parenthood recently launched a new site educating users about Obamacare, including a guide for women choosing insurance. Check it out HERE. READ:15 Myths the Media Should Ignore During Obamacare Implementation.”

DOJ CALLS OUT RESTRICTIVE NC VOTER ID LAW — Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be suing North Carolina over its highly restrictive voter ID law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit joins current litigation filed by Advancement Project, on behalf of the North Carolina NAACP, to contest the legislation. Advancement Project staff attorney Donita Judge lauded the DOJ’s decision: “We are extremely pleased the United States Department of Justice has brought a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina. It’s clear they agree with our assessment that the North Carolina case is one of racial discrimination. We believe the DOJ lawsuit will prove North Carolina’s extreme voter suppression law was intentionally designed to block African Americans’ access to the ballot box and prevent these voters from participating equally and fairly in North Carolina elections. Thanks to prompt legal action from Advancement Project, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, ACLU and the DOJ, we are now one step closer to ensuring elections remain free, fair and accessible to all people.”

Advancement Project and the North Carolina NAACP State Conference also recently launched a toll-free voter education hotline. SHARE 855-NO-ID-4-US (855-664-3487) with those you know who may be impacted by the current ID laws.

BATTLING BIG BROTHER — On October 26th — the 12 year anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act — the StopWatching.Us Coalition will march on DC to deliver a 571,000 signature petition to Congress demanding government transparency and an end to mass government surveillance. Members of the coalition include Free Press, Freedom Works, the ACLU, Demand Progress, and Students for Liberty. RSVP, SIGN the petition, and FIND OUT MORE HERE.

READ: “Justice in the Surveillance State,” a report by Alliance for Justice assessing the issues surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, recently submitted to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

TACKLING CITIZENS UNITED 2.0 – Elizabeth Warren joined Harvard Law professor and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig at the Constitution Accountability Center last Thursday to discuss McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The upcoming case has become known as the next Citizens United, expanding campaign financing to allow direct campaign contributions of over $3.5 million from individual donors. WATCH the discussion, entitled “The Founders v. The Roberts Court: Corruption, Campaign Finance, and McCutcheon v. FEC,” HERE.

Demos has been actively involved in the case. READ their declaration “Stop the Next Citizens United,” SIGN their petition, and TWEET #McCutcheon.

THE STATE OF WOMEN IN AMERICA — African-American women make 64 cents for every dollar that their white male counterparts make, according to a new study released by the Center for American Progress (CAP). “The State of Women in America” analyzes the progress made and challenges still faced by women in all 50 states, determined by economic and leadership factors. It is in conjunction with the recently launched “Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead” initiative by CAP, American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the Service Employees Union. READ: “The State of Women in America.”

FROM THE WONK WIRE

I GOT STEAM HEAT?: Case-Shiller Index Author and Top Wonk Robert Shiller analyzes the bubble mentality of the rising housing market.

PLAYGROUND POLITICS: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich explains why the President should not make any concessions when it comes to Obamacare in negotiations with House Republicans.

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INEQUALITY FOR ALL …  Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich investigates the correlation between the widening income gap and the country’s economic health in the new documentary Inequality For All. Venture Capitalist and Patriotic Millionaire Nick Hanauer is also featured … The Roosevelt Institute: “‘INEQUALITY FOR ALL IS ‘THE PROGRESSIVE ECONOMIC NARRATIVE: THE MOVIE’” … NOW PLAYING in cites nationwide.

FIND a screening near you and WATCH the trailer HERE. TWEET @InequalityFilm.

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FEDERAL WORKERS MARCH ON WHITE HOUSE…SLASHING SNAP…100 YEARS OF THE FED…North Carolina Voter Education Hotline…Demos Celebrates New Senior Director of Advocacy…Inequality For All Screening Information…

JUST IN: FEDERAL WORKERS DEMAND A LIVING WAGE — Federal contract workers are currently delivering a 250,000 signature petition to the White House demanding that the President sign an executive order guaranteeing them a living wage. The group is organized by Good Jobs Nation and supported by the Service Employees International Union. A protestor put it best: “It’s good at the [White House]. Not at MY house.” FOLLOW THE ACTION on Twitter @GoodJobsNation and READUnderwriting Bad Jobs: How Our Tax Dollars Are Funding Low-Wage Work and Fueling Inequality.”

SLASHING SNAPFour million hungry Americans will be kicked off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) next year as the first casualty of $40 billion in cuts if H.R. 3102 is signed into law. While the President stated that he would veto the bill if it was presented to him, states have already begun steps to cut food stamp access. READThe GOP’s No Good, Very Bad Food Stamp Cuts” by George Zornick over at The Nation, CHECK OUT infographics released by CAP, and SIGN UltraViolet’s petition to Congress

100 YEARS OF THE FED — As the Fed approaches its centennial, Managing Partner at InterMedia Partners LP and Patriotic Millionaire Leo Hindery Jr. endorsed current Vice Chair Janet Yellen as the next Fed chair: “The responsibility of the Federal Reserve is to help foster, through its Central Bank policies and practices, a truly fair and balanced economy, which current chairman Bernanke has well championed. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) just made clear in an interview on MSNBC that Janet Yellen has both the skills and perspectives to be a great next chairman — many of us who are committed to these same economic outcomes couldn’t agree more enthusiastically.” READ: “The Summers of our Discontent.”

NC VOTER EDUCATION HOTLINE — The North Carolina NAACP State Conference and Advancement Project released a new ad promoting a toll-free hotline designed to educate North Carolina voters impacted by the state’s highly restrictive voter ID law. The hotline is designed for individuals without a current North Carolina ID, whose name on their state ID differs from their birth certificate, who typically use early voting, and those would have problems getting to the DMV to obtain an ID.

LISTEN to the ad HERE and SHARE the toll-free hotline phone number 855-NO-ID-4-US (855-664-3487) with those you know who might be impacted. Callers will leave their contact information and within 24 hours will receive a follow-up assistance call.

MARFA DIALOGUES/NEW YORK – The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa, the Public Concern Foundation, and countless other participants will kick off Marfa Dialogues/New York next week. The program is a two-month long series of events examining climate change through art, activism, and science. President of The Public Concern Foundation Hamilton Fish summed it up: “Marfa Dialogues/New York is an effort to help broaden the public conversation around climate change. The special character of the project is that we engage artists and people from the creative community with journalists and scientists and other experts. The result is a more accessible public exploration of a complex but critical issue, and we reach a wider and more diverse audience.”

FIND out more including a full CALENDAR of events HERE.

DEMOS CELEBRATES — Demos welcomes former MoveOn Organizing Director Lenore Palladino to their team as the new Senior Director of Advocacy. Palladino will work with Vice President of Policy and Outreach and Federal Affairs Manager Ben Peck to augment for new state and federal advocacy campaigns on issues ranging from student debt alleviation to voting and campaign finance reform. DISCOVER what else Demos has been up to HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

ECONOMIC TONIC: Demos Fellow and Top Wonk Robert Kuttner examines the benefits of Janet Yellen as the potential next Fed Chair.

BLOOD ON YOUR HANDSET: Stetson University School of Law Assistant Professor and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy uncovers the little known relationship between The Dodd-Frank Act and conflict minerals.

THE OBAMACARE PUSH: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Banker defends the long-term goals of the Affordable Care Act.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

ON OUR AGENDA

INEQUALITY FOR ALL — Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich investigates the correlation between the widening income gap and the country’s economic health in the new documentary Inequality For All. Venture Capitalist and Patriotic Millionaire Nick Hanauer is also featured. Inequality For All premieres THIS FRIDAY, September 27th in cities nationwide.

FIND a screening near you and WATCH the trailer HERE. TWEET @InequalityFilm.

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QUESTIONS OF SEXISM LINGER AS THE PRESIDENT DECIDES FED CHAIR…AND ABOUT THOSE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP…Advancement Project Challenges Wisconsin Voter ID Laws…Inequality For All Premiere Date…

QUESTIONS OF SEXISM LINGER AS THE PRESIDENT DECIDES FED CHAIR — Women (51 percent of the population and the voting bloc that delivered Obama into the WH) are watching carefully as the president contemplates his nominee for Fed Chair after the Summers withdrawal on Sunday. Our sources say women’s groups are poised to act quickly if the WH chooses a less qualified male candidate over the obviously more qualified Yellen (according to 350 economists and Senator Charles Schumer, who just saidI think the president should choose Yellen.”)

National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill exclaimed: “Now it’s all about Janet.”

READ: “Larry Summers Is Out, but the Boys’ Club Is as In as Ever.” SHOW your support and SIGN The Nation’s open letter to the President in support of Yellen.

AND ABOUT THOSE WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP — As her boss contemplates making an historic choice for Fed Chair, Valerie Jarrett addressed a crowd this morning at the Center for American Progress as the organization joins American Women, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and the Service Employees International Union launched “Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead,” a new initiative to ensure public policies respond to the array of challenges women and families face today. CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden summed it up: “It’s a broad agenda that really speaks to, in many ways, how women [have] plateaued over the last decade and our focus is on ensuring that women and families have a fair shot.” READ the policy brief HERE.

UNLEASHED AND UNACCOUNTABLE — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) published a report detailing the invasive ways that the FBI has acted since 9/11 under the direction of Former Director Robert S. Mueller, III. ACLU Senior Policy Council Michael German: “Rather than aiding its terrorism prevention efforts, the FBI’s expanded investigative and intelligence powers have overwhelmed agents with a flood of irrelevant information and false arms. Instead of funding these ineffective and suspicionless intelligence collection programs, Congress should examine whether American communities could be made safer overall by spending that money to help state and local police solve violent crime.”

READ: “Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority” and “The Ten Most Disturbing Things You Should Know About the FBI Since 9/11.”

RIGHTING VOTING WRONGS — On November 4th Advancement Project and pro bono counsel Arnold & Porter will challenge Wisconsin’s restrictive voter ID laws under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which prohibits discriminatory voting practices on the basis of color, race, or language. The state has been requiring government issued photo identification since 2011, a measure which particularly hinders the 16 percent of African-American and 25 percent of Hispanic Wisconsin voters without a photo ID. Section 2 of the VRA has become increasingly critical in determining fair voting practices since the Supreme Court’s June Shelby County v. Holder decision.

Advancement Project Co-Director and Top Wonk Penda D. Hair: “After Shelby, Section 2 provides one of the last lines of defense against legislatures that would disenfranchise voters of color. The strength of that defense will be tested for the first time in this case and we are confidant it will prevail.”

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING — Tomorrow at 9pm EST Tim Noah, journalist and author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It, will talk with host Jay Ackroyd on the Virtually Speaking podcast series. Virtually Speaking regularly hosts authors, bloggers, scientists, and public policy experts to discuss progressive political issues. FIND OUT MORE including a full schedule, shorts, and clips HERE.

JOBS CRISIS DISCUSSION – Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Senior Economist and Top Wonk John Schmitt will take part in the “Jobs Crisis: Growth, Inequality and Full Employment” panel tomorrow at 1:30 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. The discussion is part of the 43rd Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. REGISTER HERE

FROM THE WONK WIRE

SUMMERS’ END: Demos Fellow and Top Wonk Robert Kuttner speculates on the President’s new choice for Fed Chair.

LESSON NOT LEARNED: Former Fed Vice Chairman and Top Wonk Alan Blinder contrasts the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash with the recent recession.

HIGH RISK, ANY REWARD?: Roubini Global Economics Co-Founder and Top Wonk Nouriel Roubini examines the consequences of economic meta-risks.

Find our more at TopWonks.org.

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INEQUALITY FOR ALL — Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich investigates the correlation between the widening income gap and the country’s economic health in the new documentary Inequality For All. Venture Capitalist and Patriotic Millionaire Nick Hanauer is also featured. Inequality For All premieres September 27th in cities nationwide.

FIND a screening near you and WATCH the trailer HERE. TWEET @InequalityFilm. WATCH Robert Reich discuss the film on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart HERE.

TOP WONKS: THE ENVIRONMENT … The first ever complete on-line searchable directory of the most Important thinkers in the country on Climate Change and the Environment … COMING SOON … Stay tuned!

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ANTI SUMMERS MOVEMENT GROWS…NSA DECLASSIFIED…FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE…ANOTHER CITIZENS UNITED?…Summers Over…Yellen For Fed…

ANTI SUMMERS MOVEMENT GROWSPBS NEWSHOUR questions Summers too cozy ties to Citibank and points out that Obama’s own ethics rule would require an unprecedented exemption for an appointee at this level. AND OVER 350 ECONOMISTS signed a letter urging the President to elect Janet Yellen, not Larry Summers, as Chair of the Federal Reserve. Petitioners include Top Wonks Dean Baker, Alan Blinder, Nancy Folbre, Heidi Hartmann, Lawrence Mishel, Jeffrey Sachs, John Schmitt, Robert Shiller, and Joseph Stiglitz. Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Top Wonk Heidi Hartmann: “Dr. Yellen’s credentials, skills and abilities are so outstanding, and I think women will view it as an insult if someone so qualified is passed over. This group of economists is trying to urge the President not to do that.” Read the full statement HERESUMMERS SPARKS FLEW — Former Treasury Department special inspector general Neil Barofsky and former Senator Ted Kaufman apparently blasted Summers’ credentials at the Better Markets conference today. This opposition comes on the heels of leading Republican Senator John Cornyn’s statement that he would not back Summers’ appointment. The Better Markets forum, entitled “Five Years On, Learning Lehman’s Lessons from the Panic of 2008: Are We Better Prepared for the Next Financial Crisis?,” was led by a panel of experts including Senator Elizabeth Warren. Discussion topics included Wall Street’s lobbying efforts and dangerous risk taking and the future of government bailouts. As Kaufman put it, the prospect of Summers as Fed chair should cause “rioting in the streets.”

NSA DECLASSIFIED — Fourteen NSA documents were declassified on Tuesday in response to a May 2011 ACLU  lawsuit. The documents were made public under the Freedom of Information Act and related to the government’s interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which ambiguously grants the FBI permission to obtain “any tangible things” without evidence or probable cause for the sake of national security. ACLU National Security Project staff attorney Alex Abdo: “These documents show that the NSA repeatedly violated court-imposed limits on its surveillance powers, and they confirm that the agency simply cannot be trusted with such sweeping authority.”

FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE – Weeks after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a sweeping and oppressive voter ID bill the state continued its attacks on voting rights, targeting students’ ability to vote on campus. The bill created rigid photo identification requirements, did away with same-day registration and reduced the early voting window, all of which particularly target minority voters, students, seniors, and other marginalized peoples. The North Carolina NAACP, Advancement Project, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are currently working together to challenge the increasingly restrictive voting measures.

Advancement Project Co-Director and Top Wonk Penda D. Hair lambasted the recent measures: “It’s no surprise that state and local officials are focusing on youth voters, who are perennial targets when politicians manipulate election rules for their own advantage… The multifaceted plan here, from a statewide voter suppression law to the chilling actions of individual county election boards, is to make it harder for them to vote. It’s an ugly and arrogant strategy that threatens to fundamentally change democracy in North Carolina. These politicians will not get away with it.”

ANOTHER CITIZENS UNITED? — Demos drafted a petition urging the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to uphold campaign financing caps in the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission lawsuit. The lawsuit in question has the potential to expand campaign financing to allow direct campaign contributions of over $3.5 million from individuals. Earlier this summer Demos filed a joint amicus brief with the Communications Workers of America, Greenpeace, NAACP, Sierra Club, the American Federation of Teachers, Main Street Alliance, People for the American Way Foundation, Rock the Vote, U.S.PIRG, and the Working Families Organization. READ: “Stop the Next Citizens United: McCutcheon v. FEC and the Crisis of Confidence in American Democracy.

Sign Demos’ petition HERE. On Twitter, use #McCutcheon. 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD WEBSITE LAUNCH — Planned Parenthood launched a new site educating users about Obamacare. The site will soon contain a guide for women choosing insurance, and is in conjunction with their Obamacare Works campaign, featuring personal stories from women who have used Obamacare. Find out more and sign up for e-mail updates HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

SUMMERS OVER: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker questions why Larry Summers is even being considered as Chairman of the Fed given his questionable track record.

YELLEN FOR FED: Nobel Prize winner and Top Wonk Joseph Sitglitz explains why Janet Yellen is the best candidate to lead the Federal Reserve.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY LEHMAN BROTHERS: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich reflects on the past five years of Wall Street malfeasance since the Lehman Brothers went bankrupt.

UNBALANCED BREAKFAST: New America Foundation Director of Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative and Top Wonk Barry Lynn recommends “The Folks Who Sell Your Corn Flakes are Acting Like Goldman Sachs–and That Should Worry You,” authored by policy analyst Lina Kahn.

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IS THE PRESIDENT A SEXIST? POTENTIAL SUMMERS APPOINTMENT REACTIVATES “OLD BOY” CHARGE…RAISE THE WAGE PART II…UNFAIR AND PARTIAL…Demos Fellow Book Launch…Profits Over Pensioners?….

IS THE PRESIDENT A SEXIST? POTENTIAL SUMMERS APPOINTMENT REACTIVATES ”OLD BOY” CHARGE – In response to reports that the President was considering appointing Larry Summers to the Fed instead of Janet Yellin, President of the National Organization for Women Terry O’Neill tells PP: “Janet Yellen is clearly the best qualified person for the job… For the President to pass her up is a deep betrayal of women. He’s slamming a glass ceiling on the head of the best-qualified person.”

The charges are nothing new for a White House which has been beleaguered by “old boy” charges since the beginning. A 2009 New York Times story asked, “does the WH feel like a frat house?” and earlier this year the President had to publicly apologize to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for comments about her looks.

Summers, who infamously doubted women’s math and science skills, has long been a subject of criticism. In addition to his dubious opinions about gender inequality, there is deep dissatisfaction among economic experts about Summers’ role in the financial crisis. Daily Kos delivered a 130,000 signature petition to Sen. Sherrod Brown and an unnamed White House Official recently told The Huffington Post: “It really does need to be stopped.”

RAISE THE WAGE PART II — Raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would substantially improve the lives of low-wage workers, who have an average age of 35, according to new data released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). EPI has also released a briefing evaluating the last decade of wage stagnation for the lower and middle classes. READ: “A Decade of Flat Wages: The Key Barrier to Shared Prosperity and a Rising Middle Class,” co-authored by EPI Top Wonks Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz.

These findings come as minimum wage fast food employees escalate their protests in cities throughout the country. Demos released a brief detailing ten reasons why fast food workers deserve a higher wage, focusing on the positive impact it would have on the economy. READ: “Ten Reasons Why Fast Food Workers Deserve A Raise.”

USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, and MSNBC covered the strikes.

On Twitter, use #LowPayIsNotOk, #829strike, and #RaiseTheWage and tweet @RaiseTheWage.

UNFAIR AND PARTIAL — In the wake of the Voting Rights Act Supreme Court decision, Alliance for Justice (AFJ) has released a new report evaluating the increasingly blatant presence of judicial activism in the U.S. Supreme Court. AFJ Justice Programs Director Michelle Schwartz: “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently called the current Supreme Court ‘… one of the most activist courts in history.’ We agree. Conservatives preach judicial restraint, but, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court majority routinely overreaches in pursuit of an ideological agenda.” READ: “The Roberts Court and Judicial Overreach.”

DEMOS FELLOW BOOK LAUNCH — Demos and Open Society Foundations will host a reception next Thursday, September 12th in New York to discuss Demos Senior Fellow Sarah Abramsky’s new book The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives. Find out event information and watch a trailer here HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE

PROFITS OVER PENSIONERS?: CEPR Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker examines economic consequences of the class divide between public pension receivers and the Wall Street elite.

STILL DREAMING: Nobel Prize winner and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz reflects on the role Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on his work in economics.

FROM OCCUPY TO A RAISE: Demos Fellow and Top Wonk Robert Kuttner celebrates Labor Day by evaluating the momentum of minimum wage workers.

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