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The Obama administration is exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.

At last the National Felon League is getting serious about on and off the field violence.

Labor Day – that mocking reminder that this nation once honored workers – is upon us again, posing the nagging question of why the economy ceased to reward work. Was globalization the culprit? Technological change? Anyone seeking a more fundamental answer should pick up the September issue of the Harvard Business Review and check out William Lazonick’s seminal essay on U.S. corporations, “Profits Without Prosperity.”

This past Tuesday was Women’s Equality Day, an annual celebration of the women and men who advocated for universal suffrage and women’s rights. In America, that journey to suffrage was long and hard-fought by women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Their story of persevering against convention and social acceptance is inspiring – and sad. Neither woman lived long enough to see the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, though in their lifetime they did see women being admitted to co-ed colleges and joining the ranks of professional workers in growing numbers.

New menu item: “The Bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you-burger,” topped with a Chiquita banana.

“Did the Emmy Awards seem like a long show? I felt like Sophia Vergara’s dress. I could hardly stay up.”

Despite recent job growth across our nation, military veterans still face unique challenges as they enter the workforce. A whopping 9 percent of veterans who joined the armed forces since 2001, but have now returned to civilian life, are still unemployed. While veterans from North Carolina fare better than the national average, the numbers are still too high – 6.5 percent of our post 9/11 North Carolinians are without work.

The Census Bureau released a report the other day on Americans’ wealth that seemed full of bad news. Middle-class wealth was down, and inequality – the gap between the top and everyone else – was up. Stereotypes seem confirmed. But wait. Buried in the bad news was some astonishing good news: The elderly defied trends and got wealthier.

Let’s start with what we don’t know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.

The Guardian reports that an influential Egyptian group has requested that Western observers make a crucial nomenclature change. Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta, which the Guardian describes as “a wing of the Egyptian justice ministry ... and a source of religious authority both inside and outside Egypt,” says that it’s not appropriate to refer to the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” that’s currently fighting in Iraq and Syria. Instead, according to Dar al-Ifta, we should call them “al-Qaida Separatists in Iraq and Syria,” or alternately QSIS. You can learn more by following the group’s “Call it QS not IS” social media campaign.

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