US Uncut co-founder Carl Gibson writes an open letter to Democrats advising them how to "gain my generation's support at the polls." Long story short: "get populist or get ready to lose bad." Sounds like the advice I'd give! Certainly Democrats can't count on winning elections because they're not ogres, not least because every ogre's an angel to someone. And I remember who was leading most 2008 Presidential polls right before the financial meltdown, and his initials weren't Barack Obama.
In a related note, the estimable Thomas Frank instructs us how Republicans appropriated "populism" and used it against Democrats. You'll learn how the Tea Party managed to make billionaire whining seem like populism in 2010, and you'll learn how Freedom Partners "swiped (their) whole critique of Obamacare from the populist left" -- which task, again, President Obama made easier by embracing a right-wing health care plan in the name of "bipartisanship," which will be a dirty word by the end of my lifetime if I have anything to say about it.
Michelle Chen at The Nation reminds us that our work hiking the minimum wage doesn't end with actually getting a minimum wage hike passed -- because once we get a law passed, our government has to enforce it, and wage theft is actually fairly rampant for a number of reasons. It isn't just that regulatory agencies, surprise surprise, tend to be underfunded -- in this case, it's also that workers fear (with considerable justification) retaliation from their bosses.
90-year-old man gets arrested, along with two pastors, for violating a Ft. Lauderdale (FL) ordinance against feeding the homeless. And then the Religious Right leapt to the man's defense, saying how dare the government violate our right to adhere to Christ's command to give alms to all those who ask for them! Wait, they didn't?
Ian Millhiser describes, at some length, how the Supreme Court could preserve the Affordable Care Act subsidies and still advance conservative doctrine. Mr. Millhiser makes a patient and thorough case, using what many right-wingers have said in the recent past against their current aims, but I always put my money on right-wingers forgetting what they said five minutes ago, and that includes the current Supreme Court majority.
Finally, a University of Alabama scientist finds that a 30-year-old hypertension drug not only prevents but reverses diabetes in mice. A trial with about 50 people will begin soon to see if the drug can work in people, too. I wish success for Dr. Shalev and her team.