Timothy A. Wise lays out "A Progressive Agenda for Renegotiating NAFTA." Among its aims: scrapping the "investor-state tribunals" that make investors more important than workers, investing in high-wage industries on the rise, and ensuring that "free" trade deals give workers more collective bargaining tools, not less. Mr. Trump, of course, would "impos(e) a nationalist version of an anti-worker, pro-corporation trade deal," which might make his votaries feel better but wouldn't actually help them get and keep good jobs.
U.S. District Judge in Texas suspends the Obama Administration's overtime pay rule changes, ruling that the salary threshold the Obama Administration set would render some employees with "executive, administrative, or professional duties" non-exempt from overtime pay, whereas the Fair Labor Standards Act already exempts those employees. Well, they spared Donald Trump that particular chore! Seriously, the Obama Administration seems not to have done its due diligence here -- the rule suggests that salary level establishes, all by itself, the difference between folks with executive duties and folks without, which is lazy. It also sounds like the kind of "mistake" people make when they don't really want to help you to begin with. Sorry, but I can't always think the best of people.
Ho hum, Donald Trump's financial advisory team is full of bankster and government insiders. But when Trump's votaries find out that "draining the swamp" actually meant putting the swamp in charge of regulating the banksters who crashed our economy in 2008 and will do so again, they'll probably just blame Democrats. And blacks. And Muslims. And Jews. And women. (Seriously, if they're not racist now -- and many aren't! -- they'll likely become a lot more racist when bad things start to happen.)
The Thanksgiving holiday is past, but WIRED's advice on "Your Rights When Airlines Screw Up" is still useful and apt. Long story short: demand a refund (including bag fee) if the flight is too long delayed; get compensation when you get bumped from an overbooked flight; remember that your flight must give you access to food, water, and lavatories after a two-hour delay; remember that you're entitled to "reasonable compensation" if your bag doesn't arrive on time; and check the benefits your credit card might offer when you're having troubles at the airport. There's other advice, too, including stuff that doesn't necessarily work but might work (like asking your carrier to "endorse" your ticket over to another carrier), and also, of course, criticizing airlines on social media like Twitter, which they really want to avoid, because there is-so such a thing as bad publicity.
The incomparable Rick Perlstein instructs us why this moment in American history is not just like 1968 or 1980 and Donald Trump is not just like Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. It's a fairly enlightening and heartening article, actually -- "It's unquestionably true that what is happening now in our politics is surreal, dangerous, violent, disorienting, and terrifyingly conflictual," he writes, but "all of American history is more surreal, more dangerous, more disorienting, and more terrifyingly conflictual than we typically want to believe," and there is some considerable value in "finding the familiar in the strange and the strange in the familiar," even if that means packing in some of the gaps in your memory of the mid-'70s with the violence you might have missed as it was happening.
Finally, William Barber at Moyers and Company instructs us that, in re our most recent nightmare of an election, that "a dying mule always kicks the hardest." By "dying mule," of course, he doesn't mean "the Republican Party" -- though the Republican Party has been intellectually bankrupt since at least 2003 (if not 1993!), they hang on largely because of all the money they raise from ever more-powerful corporate executives. His "dying mule" is the virulently racist crowd that has actually been physically dying out over the decades, though turmoil can always create more. Still, it's good to know that the fight's been harder in the past (a mere one Supreme Court justice, out of seven, dissented from Plessy v. Ferguson!), because it sure does seem like it's going to be very, very hard in the near future.