Bare Minimum

In a final flurry of pre-holiday maneuvering, the last session of Congress failed to raise the federal minimum wage from its current rate of $5.15 an hour, at which it has languished for the past eight years. Recent efforts to raise the minimum wage have made strange political bedfellows, with the likes of Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rick Santorum (R-Penn.)-otherwise on opposite ends of the spectrum-both championing the need to...

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