We’re off for Thanksgiving this week, so I hope these recent favorites can tide you over.

If you missed them, Domenica Ghanem’s explainer on inflation and Scott Klinger’s on the Postal Service are must-reads for the holiday shopping season. With the Build Back Better Act now passed by the House and being debated by the Senate, Sarah Anderson and Sonali Kolhatkar have great pieces on the stakes.

And if you’ve heard enough from us about all that, Rebekah Entralgo, Jill Richardson, the Revs. Lee Harris and Jane Thompson, and Francine Townsend all offer strong pieces on defending our democracy and making our economy more equitable.

Wishing you a great holiday week and safe celebrations. We’ll see you soon!

Holiday Shopping Must-Reads…

Inflation Is Complicated, But Making It Better Doesn’t Have to Be | Domenica Ghanem
The best thing we can do to offset the pain of inflation is to raise the standard of living for all of us.

How to Make the Holidays Happier for the Postal Service | Scott Klinger
Misguided leadership and congressional inaction could mean holiday shipping delays. Here’s how Congress can deliver relief.

Building Back Better…

Wealthy Americans Get Paid Leave. Shouldn’t the Rest? | Sarah Anderson
The fight to guarantee paid sick time and family leave faces an uphill battle, but advocates aren’t giving up.

Upend This Damaging Narrative About Spending | Sonali Kolhatkar
Polls say Americans should love the Build Back Better Act — but most are only hearing talking points about its price tag.

Protecting Our Democracy…

Do Any Republicans Still Support Democracy? | Jill Richardson
The GOP should heed Churchill’s warning about appeasing authoritarians: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, it will eat him last.”

The Freedom to Vote Act Is No ‘Compromise.’ Pass It Now. | Lee Harris and Jane E. Thomas
The effort to roll back voting rights is unconscionable, and the federal government has a duty to act — now, before the next election.

… And Our Economy

Rediscovering the Power of Unions | Rebekah Entralgo
Better wages and health care may always face headwinds in Washington, but unions are striking to win them directly.

When Wall Street Came to My Mobile Home Park | Francine Townsend
Mobile homes provide affordable housing for millions. But for private equity firms, they’re just another asset to squeeze for profit.

America’s Work Ethic | Khalil Bendib
Americans have lost the will to work… for low wages and no benefits.


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