This weekend we have articles on how immigration does not reduce wages, why increasing the minimum wage does not reduce jobs, how charter schools cherry-pick students, how the CIA used rendition to torture terrorism suspects, and why health care costs so much in the U.S. (More)


Immigration and Wages – an overview of studies regarding the impact of immigration on wages, finding that immigration modestly increases wages for US-born workers while mildly decreasing the wages of other foreign-born workers.

Why Does the Minimum Wage Have No Discernible Effect of Employment? – an overview of the vast array of research on the minimum wage, which shows that modest increases have essentially no net effect on employment, contrary to conservative claims that raising the minimum wage will cost jobs.

Class Struggle – a report on how many charter schools use entrance exams, a refusal to provide subsidized lunches, writing requirements, lengthy parent questionnaires, and other significant barriers to cherry-pick the students they allow in.

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition – a comprehensive report on the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 program of extraordinary rendition, which sent at least 136 people to foreign governments to be interrogated through torture.

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us – an in-depth investigation of why we are charged so much for medical care in the US.  For a take on how the article misses the boat when it comes to discussing solutions, see this article.