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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind' (Fresh Air)

Dave Davies interviews Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford, who discusses why net neutrality is so important and how the FCC can preserve it. They also talk about the Internet infrastructure in the U.S., which needs improvements to compete globally.

Cities at Work: Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class (CAP)

Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway introduce their new report on why local governments are best suited to strengthen the middle class. They point to cities' wealth, sustainability, and democratic values and organization as key reasons.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Associate Director of Networked Initiatives Alan Smith discusses the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network's "Rethinking Communities" initiative, which is similarly focused on local economic development.

Skating Close to the Edge, Again, on the Debt Ceiling (NYT)

Annie Lowrey writes about global fatigue over the U.S. debt ceiling standoffs, with everyone from Democrats in Congress to international financial managers expressing exhaustion with the tactic. She says the damage to the country's financial reputation is done, no matter the outcome this time.

Obamacare Cures 'Job Lock' (USA Today)

Theda Skocpol and Katherine Swartz praise the end of "job lock," when workers are reluctant to leave jobs because they need the employer-sponsored health insurance. Freeing those workers is going to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

Senate Still at Odds Over Whether to Extend Unemployment Benefits for Long-Term Jobless (WaPo)

Paul Kane reports that Senate Democrats again failed to pass an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, falling just one vote shy of the supermajority needed to break a filibuster. Of course, he notes, House Republicans have shown no interest in taking up this issue anyway.

The Shame of America's Long-Term Unemployment Crisis (The Atlantic)

Derek Thompson says that Washington is failing on long-term unemployment, which is a serious crisis for the U.S. job market. There could be ways to incentivize hiring the long-term unemployed, but that would require the GOP to care about this problem.

New on Next New Deal

A CBO Report Shows How Obamacare Will Help the Working Poor

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative Jeff Madrick writes that the money that low-income families won't have to spend on health insurance, thanks to Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies, will boost the economy when it's spent elsewhere.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:59 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  November could be a slam dunk for Ds. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ontheleftcoast

    Check this short list of campaign positions available to the Dems:
    Raise the Minimum Wage
    Raise the Minimum Wage
    Raise the Minimum Wage
    Raise the Minimum Wage
    Raise the Minimum Wage

    Then remind those old folks that the Rs want to privatize Social Security.
    Then remind those young folks the Rs want to kick you off your parents HC.
    Then remind a few million middle age folks that they are not getting Unemployment benefits because, Republicans.
    Then remind all the women, ultrasound.
    Then remind all the Hispanics, The Migra.
    Then remind all the Blacks, Jeez, where do I start.

    Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

    by olo on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:24:22 PM PST

    •  The minimum wage framing sucks but the issue (0+ / 0-)

      is one Democrats should own.

      But you need to bumper sticker the idea to get people emotionally involved and I don't have a good one.

      Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:31:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  America is falling behind (0+ / 0-)

    Because we are leaving too many people behind.  Too many people are underpaid, poorly educated, ill fed, with little or no healthcare.  

    If our society cannot care for our old and our young, our poor and underprivileged, it reflects on the quality of our society.

    My wife, daughter and granddaughters should have more privacy in their doctor's office than I have buying another rifle or shotgun.

    by NM Ray on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:30:03 PM PST

  •  watching a nation (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PlinytheWelder

    Nation watching is a most interesting aspect of human life.

    Empire watching is even more interesting.

    A nation's greatest strength is often its greatest weakness.

    America is a military super power and the cost of the super power status is taking America first to second nation status and then on to third world status.

    Capitalism is treated by Americans as an absolute not an economic ideology. that is the very definition of religion.

    The only president that has fully understood the ill side effects of capitalism was FDR. no president has since.

    If you want to win an election in America you had better worship at the altar of capitalism. Americans print trillions of dollars a  year to prop up their capitalism.

    Americans blame the 1%ers without realizing it is their economic system and ideology that is creating a nation of a few very rich and many living on credit cards, off their parents, etc.

    History gives us a sure sign of a nation's own self destruction when it hires mercenaries to fight its on going wars to benefit the rich.

  •  Portable (0+ / 0-)

    I can't understand why the common people of this country don't understand why we should have single payer. I can negotiate wages much easier if I don't have medical hanging over my family. I can shop jobs if I don't have to worry about losing my medical. All of it points up for the poor and middle class, which is why the upper crust fights it so much. They don't want to deal with people having equal footing in wage negotiations. They want to continue ruling with an iron fist.

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