Hillary Clinton’s arrival on Twitter leaves followers wondering what’s next: “Her Twitter followers signed up fast, almost 1,000 of them a minute, to see what she had to say. And Hillary Rodham Clinton, debuting on the social-media site Monday with a biography identifying her as a “hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker,” kept them guessing.
“The end of her bio read: “TBD . . . ” To be determined.
“Perhaps no figure in American political life has surfaced on Twitter quite the way Clinton did. But none shares her position in the public arena right now as a potential president-in-waiting. Everything the former secretary of state does now is met with anticipation and parsed for clues that might answer the question: Will she or won’t she run?” — Washington Post 6/10/13
JOBS AND THE POOR
Study: Poor people more likely to get a job if they work for free first: “The current share of the American population with a job is still far below what it was before the recession, stagnating at a level not seen since the 1980s. And the jobs that have been regained since 2008 have overwhelmingly been low-wage. But now there’s good news for unskilled unemployed people who are interested in getting one of those low-wage jobs—working for free can help them eventually land a paid gig.
“A new study to be released Tuesday by a federal agency called the Corporation for National and Community Service found that jobless Americans can increase their chances of finding work by 27 percent if they volunteer first. People without a high school diploma and people in rural areas can increase their chances by more than 50 percent, the Washington Post reports.” — Mother Jones 6/18/13
Congressional Democrats continue to push for a higher minimum wage: “Congressional Democrats hope to seize momentum from states as they push to raise the minimum wage for the first time in four years.
“The proposal to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour was a surprise policy addition to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in February, and Republicans in Congress generally see it as dead on arrival.
“But supporters of the proposal note that 18 states have now set wage floors higher than the current national minimum wage and 10 states require cost-of-living adjustments: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.” — Roll Call 6/19/13