Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 11.23.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The rule was set to take effect next week: “In a blow to the Obama administration’s labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season.”

* Always keep an eye on this one: “Shelling and gunfire intensified on Wednesday on the de facto border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region, killing nine civilians on a bus one day after the Indian Army promised retribution for what it said was the killing of three of its soldiers.”

* Jo Cox’s murder: “A man whose bookshelf was full of writings on white supremacy and Nazism was found guilty Wednesday of killing British lawmaker Jo Cox in an apparent political attack as the country headed toward its landmark vote on European Union membership…. Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, was a well-known campaigner for Britain to remain in the European Union and a passionate advocate for refugees.”

* The Koch brothers win again: “Koch Industries and others who invested in the Madoff fund from offshore accounts won a key ruling in federal bankruptcy court on Monday, when the judge said certain funds held abroad – estimated at about $2 billion – could not be made available to victims of the Madoff scheme.”

* Unsettling: “Several journalists Wednesday reported receiving notifications from Google about ‘government-backed attackers’ attempting to steal their passwords.”

* It is that bad: “As Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin – states that once were the stronghold of the nation’s industrial union movement – dropped into Donald Trump’s column on election night, one longtime union staff member told me that Trump’s victory was ‘an extinction-level event for American labor.’ He may be right.”

* At the White House’s turkey-pardon ceremony today, President Obama took a moment to remind everyone about the record he’s leaving behind: “We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Six straight years of job creation – the longest streak ever. Low unemployment. Wages are rising again. Inequality is narrowing. The housing market is healing. The stock market has nearly tripled. Our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. And our uninsured rate is at an all-time low, thanks to the 20 million more Americans, including millions of children, who finally know the security of health insurance. That’s worth gobbling about.”

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