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In other news, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is reportedly scheduled to return to the U.S. from Germany tonight.

Meanwhile, Michigan Republicans have introduced a fetal heartbeat abortion ban. What War on Women?

And finally, a lobbying group that represents major fast food chains has filed a lawsuit to block Seattle’s $15 minimum wage. Personally, I wouldn’t worry. The case is being argued by Paul Clement who is a proven failure (DOMA, Obamacare, Papers Please) and the argument against the minimum wage increase is ridiculous.

The lobbying group argues, for example, that Seattle’s new minimum wage violates the First Amendment because “by increasing the labor costs of franchisees, the Ordinance will reduce the ability of franchisees to dedicate funding to the promotion of their businesses and brands.” In other words, the law requires businesses to spend money paying workers a living wage that they could otherwise spend on advertising, and this somehow violates the Constitution’s guarantee of free speech. If this were actually what the Constitution required, then any law imposing costs on anyone would be unconstitutional, including all taxes.

That would mean any minimum wage law would be unconstitutional, not just a $15 minimum wage.

Good luck with that.

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  • D_C_Wilson

    Sure, it sounds like a ridiculous argument to any rational human being, but there’s always a chance the Roberts court will latch onto it as any excuse to serve the corporate agenda.

    If this were actually what the Constitution required, then any law imposing costs on anyone would be unconstitutional, including all taxes.

    I believe that would be what they would call a feature, not a bug.