In addition to helping low-income families, increasing wages for those who make the least in our nation would help stimulate our economy, because low-income people would have more money to spend. Congressman Grayson -- and more than 100 economists -- explain, raising the federal minimum wage makes economic sense.
It looks like Republicans may have finally pushed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid too far. Yesterday, Senator Reid gave a scathing speech on the Senate floor, blasting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for continued Republican obstruction. Senator Reid said, "The Republican leader has failed to live up to his commitments. He's failed to do what he said he would do -- move nominations by regular order except in extraordinary circumstances. I refuse to unilaterally surrender my right to respond to this breach of faith." The Democratic leader set up test votes for a series of President Obama's nominees, and now promises to change the filibuster procedure if Republicans refuse to cooperate. Senator McConnell responded by calling Harry Reid's accusation an "absolutely phony, manufactured crisis", and said Democrats will "live to regret it" if they change Senate rules. This is shaping up to be one heck of a fight. Stay tuned.
And finally... After Republicans in North Carolina deviously attempted to attach abortion legislation to a motorcycle safety bill, women in that state got just as creative with their response. On Thursday, pro-choice protesters gathered in the State House wearing motorcycle helmets, to mock GOP lawmakers for the deceptive tactics. Even that state's Republican Governor, Pat McCrory, has criticized the sneaky way the anti-abortion legislation was brought forward, however it's not entirely clear whether he will block the measure from becoming law.
While the attack on women's rights in North Carolina is certainly no laughing matter, many people shared a few chuckles over the activists' efforts to highlight the outrageous actions of Republican lawmakers. No word yet on how long the women will continue donning helmets in their protests, but it appears they'll be ready for the GOP's next crash course in art of deception.
And that's the way it is today -- Friday, July 12, 2013. I'm Thom Hartmann -- on the news.