Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Kazin: Pay is rising for these lower-wage jobs
“Bank tellers and baristas are among the workers that may see a nice bump in their paychecks, according to a new survey that shows wage growth among U.S. workers is on the rise.’U.S. workers in traditionally lower-wage jobs are among those seeing the biggest wage bumps in August,’ Glassdoor Chief Economist Andrew Chamberlain said. ‘Roles ranging from maintenance worker and bank teller to barista and bartender are seeing big pay gains as the healthy job market translates into more pay across many corners of the labor market.’ As for those gains, bank teller (8 percent), maintenance worker (7.5 percent), bartender (6.5 percent), property manager (6.1 percent) and financial adviser (6 percent).”
WND: What if Mueller appointment is ‘totally unconstitutional’?
“Several law scholars have made cogent arguments the appointment was flawed. Lower court cases affirming constitutionality have been questioned, including Steven Calabresi, one of the founders of the Federalist Society and a law professor at Northwestern. Calabresi argues that under the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, an official overseeing the probe would be a ‘principal officer,’ and thus would have to be someone who was appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. ‘[Mueller] is not a principal officer, and since he has not been nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, everything he has done since May 1, 2017 has been unconstitutional and has been illegal,’ he said.”
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McManus: One Giant Lie
“Hollywood makes a movie about the moon landing—and omits America. […] Facts matter: the landing was certainly not meant principally to elevate the human spirit. It was a fundamental part of an existential struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union that a scant seven years earlier had come terrifyingly close to incinerating the East Coast of North America. The space race, for those who weren’t around in those days, was about ballistic-missile throw weight, not transcending borders and countries. The moon landing was an exclusively American achievement; its inflation-adjusted $140 billion cost was paid exclusively by American taxpayers. Apart from German engineer Wernher von Braun, it employed a fundamentally American workforce—and it was dedicated totally to the advancement of America’s global political and national-security goals.”
Feckless Republicans rolled by mob rule in Kavanaugh hearing
“In many ways, the circus that plagued the beginning of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing is a microcosm of our broader political problems in Washington. Voters handed Republicans the gavel of the Senate committees, yet they willingly cede it over to Democrats and anarchists. Democrats are the sun and Republicans are the moon. They operate solely within the Democrat paradigm.”