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Eighteen states rang in 2019 with minimum wage increases — some that will ultimately rise as high as $15 an hour. So far, opponents' dire predictions of job losses haven't come true, Axios' Stef Kight and Dion Rabouin report.
The state of play: Opponents have long argued that raising the minimum wage will cause workers to lose their jobs and prompt fast food chains (and other stores) to raise prices. But job losses and price hikes haven't been pronounced in the aftermath of a recent wave of city and state wage-boost laws.
The doom-and-gloom that opponents have predicted, "are part of the political policy debate," Jeffrey Clemens, an economics professor at UC San Diego, tells Axios.
Where it stands: As of July, "14 states plus the District of Columbia — home to 35% of Americans — have minimum wages above $10 per hour, as do numerous localities scattered across other states," according to the N.Y. Fed.
Between the lines: There could still be negative long-term effects, such as businesses choosing to locate in states with lower minimum wage requirements, according to the N.Y. Fed's study.
Classified directives, leaked via a chain of exiled Uighurs, lay out the Chinese government's strategy for locking up more than 1 million ethnic minorities even before they commit a crime, to rewire their thoughts and language, AP reports.
The six directives, published by news organizations around the world in conjunction with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, follows a different cache that was revealed by the N.Y. Times 10 days ago.
Go deeper: Download the original documents + English translations.
Supporters of pro-democracy candidate Angus Wong celebrate after he won in district council elections in Hong Kong. Photo: Vincent Yu/AP
"Pro-democracy candidates buoyed by months of street protests in Hong Kong won a stunning victory in local elections ... [R]ecord numbers voted in a vivid expression of the city's ... anger with the Chinese government," the N.Y. Times reports.
"With three million voters casting ballots, pro-democracy candidates captured 389 of 452 elected seats, up from only 124 and far more than they have ever won."
The Redskins' Dwayne Haskins went MIA on the final play of his first win as an NFL quarterback — and the 2-9 Skins' first home win in more than a year.
"The rookie quarterback was excited over the 19-16 win over the Detroit Lions, ... and he apparently didn’t realize that he was needed for one final kneeldown," the WashPost reports.
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, ending a stunning clash between President Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq, AP's Bob Burns writes.
Esper said he had lost confidence in Spencer, alleging that the Navy secretary proposed a deal with the White House behind his back to resolve the SEAL's case.
The bottom line: Esper directed that Gallagher will be allowed to retire Nov. 30 as a SEAL at his current rank — giving Trump and the SEAL what they want.
Ignoring early states and refusing donations, Michael Bloomberg is trying an unorthodox route to the Democratic nomination that's based on skipping the usual slog and running a national campaign against President Trump from Day 1.
One of the tabs on Bloomberg's website, which went live yesterday, is "Getting Stuff Done."
First look ... Bloomberg today will announce a hot surrogate: journalist and author Tim O’Brien is becoming a senior adviser to the campaign, leaving his role as executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion.
Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said in a note to editorial staff that the company will extend its policy of not investigating its owner, Michael Bloomberg, to all Democrats running for president in 2020, writes Axios' Sara Fischer.
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For a special report on "20 years of Putin," Axios World editor Dave Lawler spoke with Mikhail Khodorkovsky — the oligarch whose imprisonment in 2003 revealed Putin's ruthlessness to the world — as well as three former U.S. ambassadors to Moscow, leading experts and former chiefs of the Pentagon and CIA.
Part one lands in inboxes today for subscribers of the Axios World newsletter.
PBS' new documentary series "College Behind Bars" takes viewers "inside the Bard Prison Initiative, which offers a rare opportunity for select inmates in New York’s state prison system to enroll" in Bard College's curriculum, writes WashPost's Hank Stuever.
The four-parter, which airs tonight and tomorrow, is executive-produced by Ken Burns and is the solo directorial debut of his longtime partner, Lynn Novick.
Taylor Swift, who was honored as Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards last night, "kept the digs subtle and far between" regarding her recent dispute with her former record label over the right to perform her past hits, writes Variety.
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