Daily Clips: June 13th, 2016

Being gay in America is still a radical act: Yes, “even in 2016, [LGBT individuals’] mere existence can still be considered a threat.” That’s not hyperbole. “LGBT people are more than twice as likely to be the target of a violent hate-crime than Jews or Black people. They are more than four times as likely as Muslims, and almost 14 times as likely as Latinos” to be attacked.

GOP blocks bill to stop terrorists from buying guns: “Congress has been paralyzed by the gun lobby for years, while more and more Americans are killed in mass shootings. the carnage won’t stop until Congress finds the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and protect the nation.”

A higher minimum wage won’t lead to Armageddon: A very thoughtful piece put forward by Noah Smith, who responds to Nick Hanauer’s Democracy Journal piece on higher minimum wages. Smith believes Hanauer mischaracterized his position on the $15 minimum wage and does a very nice job of outlining why. It’s good to see an economic writer be so self-reflective.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.