Midday open thread. Black-white wage gap worsening; how public views journalistic practice

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is The kids doth protest too much:

More than 8 percent of abortions performed at their Colorado health centers in 2018 were for out-of-state patients, but that percentage is much higher for health centers located near the state’s borders, according to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. 

Reproductive rights activists advertise Colorado’s “safe, legal abortions”:

Billboard advertising has long been a tool of the anti-choice movement, but pro-choice advocates have recently hit backwith billboards of their own. The Colorado billboard, paid for by pro-choice group ProgressNow Colorado, sheds light on how the state acts as a safe haven for people seeking abortion care from neighboring states, where Republican-majority legislatures are hostile to reproductive rights.

While Colorado has few restrictions on abortion, Republican lawmakers in surrounding states including Utah, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Texas, and Oklahoma have made it difficult to access the procedure. 

With her own power base, Nikki Haley could be a bit independent as U.N. ambassador, but not her replacement:

 [Kelly Knight] Craft isn’t expected to be as independent. The wife of a prominent coal executive and Trump donor, Craft is a personal supporter of the president who was named ambassador to Canada after the 2016 election. She won’t be a member of the Cabinet, and observers say U.N. policy is likely to be set largely by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

“Frankly, she is indicative of the second round of Trump appointees who are functionaries designated to carry out his ideology, not experts with their own political reputations and ability to push back against White House dictates,” said Paul Bledsoe, a lecturer at American University’s Center for Environmental Policy.

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Senate Democrats plan to unify around a climate resolution, but not the Green New Deal:

Text of the resolution was not immediately available, but it will not include any definitive targets or timetables, such as the Green New Deal’s call for a 10-year mobilization to get net U.S. carbon emissions down to zero. The leadership aide said the resolution will state that climate change is real and caused by humans, and it will call for the U.S. and Congress to act immediately to address it. […]

RL Miller, [the leader of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus] and co-founder of Climate Hawks Vote, another group that has been pressuring Democrats from the left, called the new resolution a “positive step” toward new climate policies.

“If passing the Green New Deal is like running a marathon, this is the ‘getting off the couch’ part of the training program,” she wrote in an email.

Poll looks at how the public thinks journalism is done: 

For decades, we’ve known that Americans don’t trust the press. What we haven’t known is how people view the makings of journalism, from the use of fact checkers and anonymous sources to the question of whether money skews journalistic decision-making. This new national poll for CJR answers those questions, and points to how big the trust gap remains.

EPI reports that the black-white wage gap is widening:

As always, it’s important to remember the historical and social contexts for differences in black and white labor market experiences and labor market outcomes. We know from a host of economic research that a person’s wages are not a simple function of individual ability. Instead, workers’ ability to claim higher wages rests on a host of social, political, and institutional factors outside their control.

Against that backdrop, and given a long history of excluding black Americans from social and political institutions that boost wage growth, the stubbornness of racial wage gaps is less surprising. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: All eyes are on Michael Cohen today, but Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter have eyes on even more. The Dotard chows down with the guy who gave him the name. Medicare for All is back on the table. And Roberts has the SCOTUS hanging on for dear life.

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