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For better or worse, the labor movement is reinventing itself

Haltingly, with understandable ambivalence, the American labor movement is morphing into something new. Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years — of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Wal-Mart employees — have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations. But what these campaigns haven’t done is create more than a small number of new dues-paying union members. Nor, for the foreseeable future, do unions anticipate that they will.

Jeb Bush’s biggest problem for 2016? Economics

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council this week that if he runs for president in 2016, he’ll avoid courting Republican primary voters in ways that alienate the rest of the electorate, and he’s willing to risk losing the primaries in consequence.

Cathy Young — After Ferguson, can we tone it down?

Reactions to the news that Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges in the death of black teen Michael Brown have once again laid bare America’s enduring racial tensions — but they also have exposed deep and stark political hostilities. We live in a world of two narratives: one left, one right, both polarized and equally simplistic.

Rekha Basu: Godless are among us, even in the heartland

Rory Moe appeared on Simon Conway’s conservative AM talk radio show recently to explain the “Godless? So are we!” billboards recently put up by the Des Moines, Iowa chapter of United Coalition of Reason, for people without a religion. But there was such a painful disconnect between radio host and guest, it was as if they were speaking different languages and someone forgot to hire an interpreter.

The kids are all right after all

The news media likes to characterize today’s young people as risk averse, narcissistic, app-dependent, over-scheduled, entitled and “pornified.” Among the culprits are too much praise, not enough challenge, helicopter parents, cellphones and, of course, the Internet.

Godfrey not a good judge of candidate’s qualifications

The race for Prosecuting Attorney has apparently gone negative with the publication of former Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey’s recent guest column. The letter demeans Katie Svoboda’s qualification to hold that office by associating her with an office that, in his estimation, has failed to adequately train its deputies and thus lowered the standard to which they were held.

Office trainer seeks right way to dress-down code violators

Dear Abby: I am a male in the training department at my office. A lot of times, because the people I train are new hires, there are dress code violations from people who appear to be testing the limits. Most of the violations involve women who wear clothing that’s too revealing, in spite of the fact they receive a document at the start of training explaining what is and is not appropriate attire.

RedBlueAmerica: How important is voting?

The midterm elections are just a few weeks away, and one of the traditional democratic virtues — voting — suddenly seems under fire. “Girls” star Lena Dunham offered a treatise urging voter turnout: “When you vote, you feel so, so good.”