The Daily Beat

Premiere DateJun 21, 2013
Categories Culture Politics Talk
00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:40 Top Story
01:36 Austra Fire
06:17 World News
07:20 PROMO
07:38 In Other News
09:11 Baths Earth Death
13:46 Finish

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Today The Raw Story published a Guardian article titled “Anthony Weiner apologizes for weak reaction to anti-lesbian slur.”

The article reads:

New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner has been criticised for a soft reaction to a woman who called his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Christine Quinn, a “dyke”.

In an audio recording from a Saturday event in Queens posted on the Washington Post website, Weiner asks the woman if she’s a registered Democrat.

“I am,” she said. “And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.”

“Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,” said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, “and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.”


Today Huff Post World published an article titled “Brazil Protests 2013 Grow: One Million Brazilians Hit The Streets.”

The article’s authors Jenny Barchfield and Bradley Brooks write:

Brazil awoke Friday to city centers still smoldering after a night that shocked the nation: 1 million anti-government protesters took to the streets in scores of cities, with clusters battling police and destroying swaths of storefronts and government buildings.

President Dilma Rousseff called an emergency meeting about the protest with top Cabinet members Friday, after a largely silent and much criticized response to some of the biggest demonstrations seen in this 192 million-person country in decades.

There were also growing calls on social media and in mass emails for a general strike next week. If it materializes, the action could bring in unions and other organized groups to what has so far been an amorphous explosion of discontent over everything from high crime to poor education.


Yesterday The Wall Street Journal Market Watch published an article titled “Elder-care aides wooed by labor unions.”

The article’s author Matthew Heimer writes:

The aging of the boomers and their parents has played a role in turning in-home health care into one of America’s growth industries: The Labor Department estimates that the number of home-health workers caring for the elderly and disabled will reach 3.2 million by 2020, up 68% from 1.9 million in 2010. But those jobs are anything but well-paid; the median wage in the industry was $9.70 an hour in 2010, and many home-care workers get no health-care benefits. (The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.)

That puts home-health aides at the low end of the pay scale in elder care, with even less purchasing power than nursing home staff. And as Kris Maher reports in The Wall Street Journal this week, some labor unions are trying to organize home-care workers to give them the clout to negotiate better pay. As one might anticipate, the issue of whether the workers can unionize has become heavily politically charged; states with Democratic-led legislatures and governors (including, recently, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut) have generally backed the idea, while Republican-led states have curbed it—Michigan, for example, recently enacted a law barring home-health unionization.