Omar’s home district knows that their representative is in Washington doing the crucial social justice work they elected her to do.
The most moving moment from last week’s racist and nativist ugliness? That may have come when Rep. Ilhan Omar landed in Minnesota to chants of “welcome home, Ilhan.” Omar used her time in her home state to conduct a town hall on Medicare for All. She received a standing ovation.

Omar’s constituents know that their representative is working in Washington to do the crucial social justice work they elected her to do. She’s fighting for a just, more equal society. And the same goes for Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley.

We have more this week on the four congresswomen and their focus on an inequality-busting agenda, even as a president taunts them with one vile attack after another.

Chuck Collins, for the Institute for Policy Studies team
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A Pioneer for Domestic Workers Worldwide
Domestic workers make up one of the most rapidly growing workforces in the United States, yet still remain excluded from basic federal labor law protections. The newly introduced Domestic Workers Bill of Rights now pending in Congress would change that. And the credit for that change would have to go to those activists who’ve changed, over decades of organizing, how the world thinks about domestic work. Myrtle Witbooi, president of the International Domestic Workers Federation and general secretary of the South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union, certainly rates as one global pioneer we all should recognize — and celebrate. Bama Athreya sat down with Witbooi for
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A New Warrior for the Trump War on Labor Rights
The U.S. Department of Labor has a simple basic mission: “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States.” Powerhouse corporate lawyer Eugene Scalia has made himself a wealthy man helping Walmart — and other U.S. corporate giants — undercut that welfare. That record last week made Scalia the obvious Donald Trump choice to become the nation’s next secretary of labor, and Economic Policy Institute economist Heidi Shierholz has already branded Scalia’s nomination “another fox-guarding-the-hen house selection that defines the Trump cabinet.” Scalia first won Corporate America’s undying gratitude two decades ago when he led the charge against proposed ergonomic regulations designed to protect workers from the ailments repetitive motion can induce. Scalia dubbed ergonomics as “quackery” and snarled at science that “purportedly” linked typing to carpal tunnel syndrome. Ergonomic regulation, Scalia wrote in the Wall Street Journal, will only serve to force companies to give workers more rest and help unions gain more “dues-paying members.”
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A Tale of Two Druglords: Only One’s Still Smiling
Last week didn’t go so well for the Mexican druglord Joaquín Guzmán Loera. A federal court sentenced the notorious “El Chapo” to life in prison. The 62-year-old will most likely be spending the rest of his life behind bars. A native-born drug dealer who did far more damage than El Chapo, meanwhile, retired this past April into perpetual affluence. Last week, the Washington Post released shocking new data on just how much damage this most fortunate druglord caused — without paying any personal price. co-editor Sam Pizzigati, author of The Case for a Maximum Wage, has more on our biggest corporate drug pusher.
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This week on 

Sarah Anderson and Negin Owliaei, ‘The Squad’ Keeps the Focus on Bold, Inequality-Busting Policies. Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley fight hard for their constituents in the face of racist attacks. 

Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger, and Brian Wakamo, How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis — and How to Fix It. An unprecedented congressional mandate threatens the Postal Service's ability to continue to provide good jobs and universal service.

Dario Kenner, Naming the Polluter Elite. Explore a new database that documents the personal responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions from executives and directors at fossil fuel companies.

Peter Certo, Washington vs. the Squad. Trump’s not the only one terrified of these four congresswomen — leading Democrats apparently are, too.

Dedrick Asante Muhammad and Rose Ramirez, A Trump Plan to Throw 55,000 Children Out of Their Homes. A proposed rule would strip housing benefits from U.S. citizens if they’re found to have family members with the wrong immigration status.

Elsewhere on the Web

Paul Krugman, Billionaires Shouldn’t Live Forever, New York Times. Will our oligarchs become evergarchs?

John Talbott, Let’s Establish a Wealth Tax — and Give Every Family $25,000 a YearTruthout. How the math could add up.

Isabel Sawhill, Capitalism and the future of democracy, Brookings. Market fundamentalism has led to ever-rising inequality and a government captured by business interests and the wealthy.

Aditya Chakrabortty, The lesson from the ruins of Notre Dame: don’t rely on billionaires, Guardian. The promises of mid-April seem to have been forgotten.
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