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Low-wage workers picket outside federal buildings in Washington, DC. A day-long series of protests is held in support of contract workers at museums and offices in the heart of the federal city. Some of the workers say they make less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Photo: Washington Post

Low-wage workers picket outside federal buildings

by Annie Gowen and Robert Samuels Washington Post May 22, 2013

Federal contract employees at some of the nation’s best-known landmarks walked off their jobs Tuesday during a day of protests over low wages and lack of benefits.The day-long strike was organized by a group called Good Jobs Nation on behalf of the workers who serve the food and run the cash regis...

US committees reject proposal on foreign food aid

by World Grain May 22, 2013

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More seniors living in poverty—one in seven

by Kathryn Smith Politico May 21, 2013

An alternative census estimate shows that more of America’s seniors than originally thought are living in poverty — and that means the poverty rate could spike under certain Medicare reforms, a new analysis finds. ...

The Goodman Affair: Monsanto targets the heart of science

by Claire Robinson and Jonathan Latham Independent Science News May 20, 2013

Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, has jested that instead of scientific peer review, its rival The Lancet had a system of throwing a pile of papers down the stairs and publishing those that reached the bottom. On another occasion, Smith was challenged to publish an issue o...

Apple’s web of tax shelters saved it billions, panel finds

by Nelson D Schwartz and Charles Duhigg New York Times May 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — Even as Apple became the nation’s most profitable technology company, it avoided billions in taxes in the United States and around the world through a web of subsidiaries so complex it spanned continents and went beyond anything most experts had ever seen, Congressional investigator...

Wells dry, fertile plains turn to dust

by Michael Wines New York Times May 19, 2013

HASKELL COUNTY, Kan. — Forty-nine years ago, Ashley Yost’s grandfather sank a well deep into a half-mile square of rich Kansas farmland. He struck an artery of water so prodigious that he could pump 1,600 gallons to the surface every minute....

84 percent of NYC fast food workers report wage theft in a new survey

by Josh Eidelson The Nation May 16, 2013

At an 11 am press conference outside a Brooklyn KFC restaurant, fast food workers and activists will release a new report alleging rampant wage theft in their industry, one of the fastest-growing in the United States. The report includes results from an Anzalone Liszt Grove research survey of 500...

Supreme Court rules for Monsanto, says farmer violated genetically modified soybeans’ patent

by Robert Barnes Washington Post May 13, 2013

Farmers must pay Monsanto each time they plant the company’s genetically modified soybeans, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting an Indiana farmer’s argument that his un ­or­tho­dox techniques did not violate the company’s patent....

Millions of Americans live in extreme poverty. Here’s how they get by.

by Dylan Matthews Washington Post May 13, 2013

The decline of extreme poverty — defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.25 a day, which is derived from the average poverty line in the world's poorest countries — in recent decades has been nothing short of remarkable. As Howard Schneider noted here last week, not only has the per...

Federal contractors employ more low-wage workers than Wal-Mart and Mc Donald’s combined, new study indicates

by Jim Tankersley and Marjorie Censer Washington Post May 7, 2013

Federal taxpayers employ more low-wage workers than Wal-Mart and McDonald’s combined, a new study calculates.The report from a public policy organization Demos, set to be released Wednesday, estimates that taxpayer dollars fund nearly 2 million private-sector jobs that pay $24,000 a year — about...