The Los Angeles Unified School District raises its minimum wage to $15/hour -- meaning teaching assistants, cafeteria workers, and custodial workers all got a big raise. And right-wingers seem left with nothing but dire warnings about what'll happen when tax revenues aren't so great, which, hello, the higher minimum wage will help ameliorate. Warning: Tamar Galatzan's testimonial in paragraph 17 may move you to tears.
Speaking of the minimum wage, the Center for Economic and Policy Research finds that the 13 states that raised the minimum wage this year (either through legislation or inflation-indexing) created jobs more quickly than other states. But that doesn't establish causality! the right-wingers shout. But, ha ha, it doesn't have to, since right-wingers constantly argue that the minimum wage kills jobs, which clearly it doesn't, or those 13 states would have slower job creation, not faster.
Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst gets caught on video talking about impeaching President Obama back in January -- because of "those appointments," and "appointing czars," and issuing "executive orders" as "threats" to Congress, and though all three of those reasons are utter crap with crap sauce, I guess she's trying harder than John Boehner. Still, as a potential U.S. Senator, she has no more business calling for Mr. Obama's impeachment than Maine Democratic Senate candidate Jean Hay Bright did in calling for Mr. Bush's back in 2006. Senators don't make an impeachment case, they judge it, and as such they're supposed to be impartial.
In a related development, the National Journal speculates that the House will take three weeks to vote on its lawsuit against President Obama, so that they might "display -- if not actually engage in -- a more deliberative process." Well, if they haven't come up with anything by now, three more weeks won't do it. What, exactly, is the difference supposed to be between suing Mr. Obama and impeaching him? Won't Democrats be able to rally more voters to the polls to protect Their Guy either way? I know, I know, these are Democrats we're talking about, but still.
Finally, the estate of former President Warren G. Harding will release certain letters he wrote to his mistress later this month, but the New York Times has already seen a few of them, and boy are they not what you'd expect from an early 20th century politician. Actually, they raise my estimation of Mr. Harding, at least as a person -- as with Mark Sanford, he's no Dante Rossetti, but his longing seems authentic, even mystical at times. Who knew?