Morning Reads

Here are some of the stories the Moyers & Company crew are reading this morning.

Bad lapdogs for big biz –> In the NYT, Eduardo Porter writes that corporate supporters appear to be losing their sway with today’s GOP.

Is the minimum wage a rising tide? –> Huffpo’s Jillian Berman looks at research suggesting that, because their customers are of modest means, increasing the minimum wage would bolster the bottom lines of low-wage employers like Wal-Mart.

Thoroughly fracked –> Bill Chameides of Duke University writes about the link between fracking and earthquakes in National Geographic.

Whom will we jail next? –> A must-read by David Dayen in Salon: the population behind bars is shrinking, and lawmakers are bailing out the private prison industry in a truly horrifying way.

Theocracy in the Badger State –> Over at The Progressive, Ian Murphy reports that it’s not only union-busters who are gaining ground in Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker.

He really loves profiling –> NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s own newspaper reports that he is suing to stop a law that bans racial and other types of profiling in the city’s “stop-and-frisk” program.

They’re back… –> In the NYT, Ashley Parker reports that the Bush family is trying to leverage the immigration debate to regain influence.

Reform coming to China? –> Joanna Chiu writes about China’s constitutional crisis in The Atlantic.

Bipartisanship for bombing? –> Senate committee strikes deal on Syria resolution; House working on one. Details at USA Today. Also: Mother Jones rounds up what folks are saying about the debate in Congress.

Limited? –> The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Rutka on how congressional authorization could lead to escalation in Syria. Also, Reuters: “Kerry opens door to ‘boots on ground’ in Syria, then slams it shut

Putin –> He’s still skeptical, but Russia’s Vladimir Putin opened the door for a possible U.N. resolution just a crack. Sergei Loiko reports for the LAT.

Still not down –> Pew with yet another poll showing that a big majority of Americans oppose intervention.

What are you reading? Tell us in the comments!

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