The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Pope Francis Gives Unexpected Boost to Democrats’ Minimum Wage Battle

    Democrats are gearing up for a major 2014 midterm election battle to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, and they’re channeling the momentum from the Pope’s recent denunciations of economic inequality to advance their cause. While President Obama ran for the presidency in 2008 on a pledge to raise the living wage, Republicans and business interests successfully opposed the raise, arguing that it would be a job-killer. Now, in addition to the pontiff’s public clout, GOP politicians will have to contend with the 60 percent of independents and 57 percent of Republican voters who support the increase.

    Sources: NYT, Politico

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