Good morning! And a happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate it. Here are a few stories to keep you up to speed over the holidays…
Free speech scam –> In Washington Monthly, Haley Sweetland Edwards reports that corporations are using ‘corporate personhood’ to argue that all sorts of public interest regulations are unconstitutional.
Staying power –> Academic Theda Skocpol argues in The Atlantic that the tea party movement will endure despite it’s lack of popularity.
Fear economy –> Paul Krugman’s column looks at how high unemployment keeps those who do have a job fearful and powerless to make demands of their employers.
It’s not like they want to spend time there –> Zachary Mider reports for Bloomberg that billionaires are renting addresses in South Dakota in order to dodge taxes on their trust funds.
Number one! –> Scott Walker’s Wisconsin now leading the country in new jobless claims, according to the Madison Capital Times.
Ripoff –> Texas company charging inmates in Michigan correctional facilities $15 for a 15-minute phone call, reports Cole Waterman for MLive.com.
Not settled yet –> Adam Liptak reports for The New York Times that the Supreme Court will again consider marriage equality in the coming year.
Private sector efficiency –> The New Republic’s Alec Macgillis says that UPS’ gift fiasco should put a stop to claims that the private sector is inherently more efficient than the government.