Editors' Headlines of the Week

headlines of the week

Have Political Parties Lost Their Purpose – Washington Post

The Washington Post investigates why more and more Americans are leaving their parties. Their rigid ideologies are not representing the values of compromise and intelligent discourse that many American’s expect out of politicians.

Partisanship has become a hindrance to the legislative process rather than a tool to improve it. Likewise, the effects of multiple legal decisions in the campaign finance world have unleashed the potential for outside spending groups or ‘soft money’ to overshadow elections. What can be done? The Washington Post has more.

 

Google’s Transparency Report – Electronic Frontier Foundation

In collaboration with SHARE Defense, EFF has distilled the numbers down to help average consumers understand how Google operates. Data mining via user-data requests has become a very real possibility, especially considering the sheer volume of requests that are fulfilled. Unsurprisingly, the US makes up a sizable amount of requests, which has increased steadily every year.

 

Obama on Settlements in Israel: Not Productive – RTE News

The ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has continued to stress regional tensions, culminating in multiple protests this year, but progress remains ever elusive. RTE news recaps the president’s trip to the region and his criticisms of ongoing settlement building in the West Bank by Israeli civilians.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Obama said he remained committed to the creation of an “independent, viable and contiguous” Palestinian state, However, he said achieving that goal would not be easy. “The core issue right now is how do we get sovereignty for the Palestinian people and security for Israeli people,” he told reporters following almost two hours of talks with Mr Abbas.

 

McCain Apologizes for ‘Wacko-birds’ Comment – The Hill

During Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was definitely not standing with Rand. In an effort to delay John Brennan’s nomination for CIA director, Rand Paul brought the Senate to a halt to get answers from the Obama administration regarding drone policy. Clearly not a fan of the spectacle, John McCain called those who engaged in the filibuster ‘wacko birds,’ but later apologized for the comment.

 

Minimum Wage at $22 per Hour if Attached to Productivity – Examiner

Using a number 11 at McDonalds as a reference, Elizabeth Warren made headlines this week when she examined how the minimum wage has not kept up with productivity. Tina Burgess from the Examiner recounts the Education, Labor and Pensions hearing where Mrs. Warren made the statements.

From the hearing:

During my Senate campaign, I ate a No. 11 at McDonald’s many, many times a week and I know the price on that one, $7.19. … According to the data on the analysis of what would happen if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10 over three years, the price increase on that item would be about four cents, so instead of being $7.19 it would be $7.23. Are you telling me that’s unsustainable?