Curt Hopkins

The Real Reason Walmart U-Turned on Wages

Walmart’s recent decision to raise its workers’ wages got plenty of applause. But it looks like the deep-discount retailer gave itself a huge public-relations bargain, instead of making real changes that could help some of its employees get off welfare. Curt Hopkins investigates.

Up for a Vote: Rejoining America’s Police State

Portland, Oregon, may seem like an unlikely site for a stand against the FBI-led counterterrorism task forces that have spread to more than 100 cities since 9/11. Yet the city, which prides itself on odd-man-out independence, is now voting on whether it will rejoin the feds. The question they’re considering is an important one: whether cities or states get any protection from the federally-funded operations, or are just losing their independence to a national mandate.

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