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Wilshire Grand Center, tallest skyscraper in the West, debuts in downtown Los Angeles 24.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

At 1,100 feet and the tallest building west of the Mississippi, L.A.’s newest skyscraper is hard to miss.

With a sweeping sail of a roofline, it stands out by day among the flat tops of its tall rivals and is illuminated at night with an enveloping expanse of ever-changing colored lights.

But for...

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Texas companies tie worker shortages to immigration fears 17.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Austin, Texas • Though construction is in high demand in Texas’ booming capital city, Oscar Martinez’s drywall company is suddenly struggling. One-third of the approximately 20 employees Martinez uses to build new homes and commercial spaces have recently fled the state, spooked by a combination of a federal immigration crackdown by the Trump administration and a tough anti-“sanctuary cities” law approved last month by Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature. “I took a big hit since my workers ...
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Mexican migrants came to California to pick grapes. Now they run their own wineries. 3.6.2017 Washington Post
They have emerged from the invisible workforce of laborers who prune the vines in bitter winter cold and tend them under searing summer sun. Five Mexican American families were honored by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History during an annual winemaker fundraiser.
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Essential California: For all of Irvine's diversity and success, some residents still feel like outsiders 30.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, May 30, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Melting pot

Irvine is often cited as a model for diversity and success, a booming city of great schools, manicured neighborhoods and an ethnic, albeit...

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Trump promised a 'big beautiful door' in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting 26.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The sun hasn’t cracked the horizon when Alfredo Betancourt and 19 of his countrymen line up behind a packing trailer, knives in hand, knee deep in dewy cauliflower plants.

A tractor growls, the packing trailer jerks into motion and Betancourt and his co-workers begin their routine: walk, stoop,...

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Illusions and Dangers in Trump's "America First" Policy: An Interview With Economist Robert Pollin 17.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The "America First" foreign policy supported by global military dominance has always existed and is consistent with neoliberal economic policy, says economist Robert Pollin. It's time progressives advanced their own policy approach to global trade and investment within a broader framework of full employment and a strong social welfare state. Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona, March 19, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Donald Trump will probably go down in history as having pulled the biggest political con job in US electoral politics. With no coherent ideology but lies and false promises, he managed to win the support of millions of white working-class people whose lives have been shattered by globalization and stagnant wages. In an exclusive interview for Truthout, Robert Pollin, professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, puts into context Trump's stance on globalization and his "America ...
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ICE Came for Us and the Community Stood Up 17.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
On May Day in Burlington, Vermont, immigrant farmworkers organized through  Migrant Justice  led a boisterous march of hundreds through the city streets. The protest stopped at Ben and Jerry's flagship scoop shop to demand that the corporation, which claims to have a social justice mission, sign a contract ensuring fair wages and working conditions in the state's dairy industry -- the centerpiece of Migrant Justice's "Milk with Dignity" campaign. The protest also stopped at the city's Federal Building to protest Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) detention of immigrant leaders. Four recent detainees, Victor Diaz, Enrique "Kike" Balcazar, Zully Palacios and Miguel Alcudia bravely spoke out about their struggle for justice. Migrant Justice has spearheaded a movement of immigrant workers over the last decade. It won driver's licenses for immigrants in 2013 and waged successful campaigns to stop the deportation of many immigrant leaders. In retribution, ICE this spring arrested three leaders of the ...
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Heartland, Silicon Valley hook up in Trump view 11.5.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
President Donald Trump’s get-tough attitude on immigration is spurring a surge of high-tech investment in America’s heartland, where farmers are scrambling for new ways of coping with labor shortages and slumping profits. Finding people for the sometimes back-breaking tasks of planting and harvesting crops has become more and more difficult in the U.S., where the industry has relied on cheap immigrant labor for generations. Since taking office in January, Trump has compounded the problem with ac...
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Essential California: Why Silicon Valley, not D.C., is drawing old campaign hands 9.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, May 9, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Go west!

A demand for skilled communications experts has turned Silicon Valley into a retirement community of sorts for veterans of political campaigns...

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Despite Trump’s “Hire American” pledge, budget bill would dramatically expand the number of foreign workers 4.5.2017 Washington Post
Despite Trump’s “Hire American” pledge, budget bill would dramatically expand the number of foreign workers
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Explore all of @realDonaldTrump’s tweets from his first 100 days in office (including the deleted ones) 1.5.2017 Washington Post
Explore all of @realDonaldTrump’s tweets from his first 100 days in office (including the deleted ones)
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Orchard owners look to robots as labor shortage worsens 29.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Spokane, Wash. • Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers don’t get tired and can work 24 hours a day. “Human pickers are getting scarce,” said Gad Kober, a co-founder of Israel-based FFRobotics. “Young people do not want to work in far...
As labor shortage worsens, orchard owners use robots 29.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Spokane, Wash. • Harvesting Washington state’s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States. That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to market. The robotic pickers don’t get tired and can work 24 hours a day. “Human pickers are getting scarce,” said Gad Kober, a co-founder of Israel-based FFRobotics. “Young people do not want to work in far... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some 28.4.2017 AP National
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Harvesting Washington state&apos;s vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States....
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The Daily 202: Trump is setting up Paul Ryan to be his fall guy 27.4.2017 Washington Post: Politics
The Speaker is less powerful than we expected 100 days ago
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The Daily 202: Trump is caving on border wall funding after showing his base that he tried 25.4.2017 Washington Post: Politics
GOP leadership breathes a sigh of relief. POTUS plans to claim victory anyway.
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Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration 24.4.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Salem, Ore. • The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants. From tending the plants to harvesting the grapes, it takes skill and a strong work ethic to produce the winery’s pinot noir and chardonnay, and native-born Americans just aren’t willing to work that hard, Patricia Dudley said as a cold rain drenched the...
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Bomb attack on German soccer team was thought to be terror. Prosecutors now call it part of a get-rich-quick scheme 22.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A 28-year-old Russian immigrant in Germany was arrested on Friday and charged with attempted murder for a bungled attack last week against one of the country’s top soccer teams, in what authorities say was a nefarious attempt to drive the club’s share price down through a stock market gambling...

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Today: Cold Reality: ICE Isn’t Ready to Ramp Up Deportations 21.4.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Overworked and underprepared: That’s how a new report describes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.

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Cold Reality: ICE Isn’t Ready to Ramp Up Deportations

President...

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Mexico's bargaining chips with Trump? How about a corn boycott 30.3.2017 L.A. Times - World News

First domesticated here 10,000 years ago, corn is not only a staple of the Mexican diet, but also a symbol of Mexico itself.

Since the passage of the North American Free Trade agreement in 1994, it has also become a symbol of Mexico’s growing economic dependence on the United States.

Now, as President...

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