What We're Reading Today: Starbucks Strike

August 16, 2011

What We're Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.

The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, asked his fellow business leaders to stop making political contributions until the federal government makes drastic improvements on the deficit plan.

The California Republican Party and Senate Republican Caucus challanged a plan for new redistricting maps yesterday, just hours after the plans initial approval.

Lobbyists are expanding their efforts beyond the super committee and influencing others to ensure early action by the debt panel.

No final decision has been made by President Obama on selecting one of the three proposals that will change the governments' role in the nation's mortage market.

"A new 14-member Joint Commission on Public Ethics to oversee and investigate compliance by lawmakers" is just one change that will happen after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new government ethics law on Monday.

A recent study shows that allowing ex-offenders to vote helps in the process of recidivism. "The July 1 report from the Parole Commission backs up other studies from around the country that have shown criminals are less likely to commit new crimes if they are integrated back into society."