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Saturday Evening Owls: The coronavirus pandemic is widening the racial wealth hole

Even during the economic recovery of recent years, minority groups were lagging behind, says (Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy) Economic Policy Institute. “There were significant racial disparities in wages, significant racial disparities in unemployment, significant racial disparities in the kinds of jobs people held.”

Black, Latino and Native American workers were more likely to have jobs that were lost during the pandemic, Wilson says. A Harvard University analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Pulse Survey, released in July, found that 58% of Latino and 53% of Black households experienced loss in earnings early in the pandemic. Wilson’s own research has shown that Latino workers have been particularly affected by job losses during the pandemic.

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—Getting ahead of the issue on Iraq:

Elected Democrats have been rightly knocked around for having no leadership instincts, and that’s nowhere more visible than on the issue of Iraq. While Democrats in DC and in races around the country want to pretend that Iraq can be trumped by health care and social security, there’s just no way that’s going to happen. Iraq will be issues number one, two and three on voters’ minds.

Now here’s the problem. Most DC Democrats I’ve spoken to are very much against the war, but they’re afraid to say so. Afraid to look weak. Afraid that they’ll be tarred as peaceniks.

Yet, despite any high-profile opposition to the war, more and more people are turning on Bush’s War. And now that polling is showing the American people increasingly disenchanted with the war and agitating for a pullout, more Democrats will feel compelled to take “courageous” stances on the war, now that only 32 percent of the American people approve of it.

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