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An opinion column co-authored by Lee Badgett says it’s unlikely the current U.S. Congress will pass a law protecting LGBT people from sex discrimination when they marry or reveal their sexual orientation, so any such protection will have to come from the U.S. Supreme Court.

An opinion column co-authored by Lee Badgett and Steven Boutcher, executive director of the Center for Employment Equity and senior research fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research, says it’s unlikely the current U.S. Congress will pass a law protecting LGBT people from sex discrimination when they marry or reveal their sexual orientation, so any such protection will have to come from the U.S. Supreme Court. (Houston Chronicle, 8/16/18)

Michael Ash and Jenny Adams (English) have written an essay in The Conversation about the rising cost of college textbooks and the global and economic forces that can have an impact on the textbook market.

Michael Ash and Jenny Adams (English) have written an essay in The Conversation about the rising cost of college textbooks and the global and economic forces that can have an impact on the textbook market. The authors say students and faculty member do have some tools available to them to keep the cost of textbooks down. They also say colleges and universities can help by encouraging the use of open-source textbooks. (The Conversation, 8/23/18)

A study conducted by Gerald Friedman that concludes Massachusetts could save up to $22 billion by implementing a single-payer health insurance system, was cited by Jo Comerford, a candidate for the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester seat in the Senate

A study conducted by Gerald Friedman that concludes Massachusetts could save up to $22 billion by implementing a single-payer health insurance system, was cited by Jo Comerford, a candidate for the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester seat in the Senate. Other candidates for the seat support variations on single-payer health insurance. (Gazette, 8/17/18)

A columnist from Maryland arguing that Medicare-for-All is both politically realistic and affordable at the state level cites a report by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst

A columnist from Maryland arguing that Medicare-for-All is both politically realistic and affordable at the state level cites a report by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst that a similar program, if adopted in California, would lead to an 8-percent drop in health care costs. The writer says in a system where the government pays for health care, the main incentive would be to save money, not to make money for insurance companies, hospitals and drug companies. (Delmarvanow.com, 8/11/18)

Arindrajit Dube is co-author of a research paper that finds online labor markets aren’t as competitive as they might appear.

Arindrajit Dube is co-author of a research paper that finds online labor markets aren’t as competitive as they might appear. Looking at one such market, they found that workers lose out because the people and organizations doing the hiring enjoy much more market power. (Washington Post, 8/2/18)

Robert Pollin says the way to promote clean energy is to put money directly into its production and development and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Robert Pollin says the way to promote clean energy is to put money directly into its production and development and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. He says the long-term goal is to eliminate fossil fuel companies by making their markets contract. Other environmentalists are pushing for disinvestment in fossil fuels as a way to restrain the industry.  (Financial Times, 7/30/18)

Gerald Friedman comments in a new story about the debate in Rhode Island whether the Affordable Care Act is working in that state and the overall debate about health care costs

Gerald Friedman comments in a new story about the debate in Rhode Island whether the Affordable Care Act is working in that state and the overall debate about health care costs prompted by a recent report that a top Blue Cross & Blue Shield executive just received a $1.5 million payout a year after he stepped down. Friedman says a single-payer system in Rhode Island would cost less and cover many more people, but he also recognizes it would face a tough sell politically. (RIfuture.org, 8/3/18)

David Kotz comments in a commentary about how the U.S. could end up on the wrong end of the trade war with China that President Donald J. Trump has initiated.

David Kotz comments in a commentary about how the U.S. could end up on the wrong end of the trade war with China that President Donald J. Trump has initiated. He says the trade tensions could help set off a major recession. “U.S. businesses are having a hard time figuring out the effect of the trade wars on them,” Kotz says. “Uncertainty can lead to postponing investments, which could plunge the economy into recession.” He also says the U.S. government can’t exert its will over China and allow American business to do whatever it wants. (Commondreams.org, 7/28/18)