In Case You Missed The High Points: The Weekend Reading List

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For this weekend’s reading list we have the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ budget proposal, a look back at who was right and wrong on the Iraq War, a study on why we should raise the minimum wage, and the dirt on Wall Street being little more than a glorified Las Vegas casino.

The Back to Work Budget – The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ budget rightly focuses on job creation first, while also proposing revenue increases, cuts to defense spending, and a public option to reduce the debt by $4.4 trillion over a decade. For an analysis of the Back to Work Budget by the Economic Policy Institute, click here.

Paul Wellstone on the Iraq War – With the 10th anniversary of the commencement of war in Iraq on March 19, now is a good time to remember the speech that the late Senator Paul Wellstone gave announcing, only one month before election day, his opposition to George W. Bush’s misadventure in Iraq. Follow these links for a reminder of other people who got the Iraq War right vs. those who helped sell this costly mistake to the American public.

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage – A report documenting how raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would both benefit working people and help stimulate our economy.

Opening Statement at PSI Hearing on JP Morgan Chase Whale Trades – Senator Carl Levin’s (D-MI) opening statement at Friday’s hearings of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on JP Morgan Chase’s risky and reckless approach to synthetic credit derivative trades, which led to $6.2 billion in losses in 2012. For the full 301-page Committee report, click here.

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