The unemployment rate fell from 7.6% percent to 7.4% in July. But don't break out the party hats: One major reason the rate continued to edge downward was that more people have given up the search for work entirely in a sluggish economy. read more
1. There are fast food strikes happening all over the country. Low-wage workers are asking for a living wage. So here's a question for you: how much more are you willing to pay for a burger to ensure a fast food worker gets higher wages? The 'McPoverty Calculator' over at The Daily Beast will tell you how far your contribution could go.
2. The GrOpener: Because we needed an invention that makes opening bottles even easier.
3. A baby is born at L'Enfant Plaza.
Of all the DC Metro stations a baby could be born at, of course it would be L'Enfant Plaza... #metrobaby read more
Interns at progressive magazine The Nation have found a new venue for salary negotiations: the magazine's own letters to the editor section.
The latest issue of The Nation, dated August 19-26, features a letter to the editor from 12 recent former interns, asking that future interns be better paid. The Nation Institute, in another letter to the editor, agreed. read more
Thursday night on All In with Chris Hayes: Admitted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro made a dramatic statement at his sentencing hearing, refuting characterizations of him as a "monster" and downplaying the severity of his crimes. Castro insisted that he is "just sick," suffering from an addition to sex and pornography, and was never violent to his victims. read more