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  • Image: Pregnant Woman.Source: Wiki Commons August 17 Economic Benefits of Paid Sick and Family Leave

    As the United States continues to play its role as a leader of the global community, there is one area in which the nation falls far behind its progressive counterparts: paid sick and family leave. Paid sick and family leave is the idea that working men and women should have the ability to earn paid time away from work to care for a new child, ill family member, or themselves, while protecting against discrimination or retaliation for needing or taking leave.

  • The U.S. incarceration rate is the highest in the world. August 17 The Economic Impact of Prison Rehabilitation Programs

    According to the NAACP, the United States makes up only 5% of the world’s population but holds 25% of the world’s prison population. Four times more prisoners are incarcerated in the U.S. today than in 1980 due to the War on Drugs. [1]

  • Trump is working to undermine Obamacare regulations. August 17 Trump Cuts Obamacare Clauses as Labor Market Continues to Tighten

    While the White House has decided to continue Obamacare payments, Trump has cut contraception regulations that protect women’s rights to health coverage. The labor market continues to tighten, however manufacturing in Philadelphia has declined slightly.

  • Image: Coal plant in Juliette, Georgia. Source: National Geographic. August 17 Dismantling the CPP and its True Impact on the Coal Industry’s Future

    The Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, signed on March 28, 2017 by President Trump at EPA headquarters, dramatically changes the U.S. energy sector’s regulatory landscape.

  • Image: Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building. Source: Wikimedia Commons. August 17 Power Buyers: A Potential Defense to Merger Enforcement

    Imagine a manufacturer of widgets, let’s call them Widget Corporation, which commands a forty percent share of the widget supply market.  After assessing the market, Widget Corporation decides to acquire its closest competitor, Widgets-R-Us, which represents thirty-five percent of the market. Post-acquisition, the combined company would have a seventy-five percent share of the widget supply market. An acquisition which results in such a high market-share concentration would likely raise red flags to U.S. government antitrust enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, as it may substantially lessen competition in the widget market.

  • Image: U.S. withdraws from TPP. Source: CNN. August 17 U.S. Global Trade Policy Under the Trump Administration

    Donald Trump’s comments during the election have shaped a vision of U.S.’s trade policy mixing strong protectionist retaliatory threats with complaints concerning existing trade agreements and relations.