April 14, 2014: Opinions, opinions, and Peeps

Posted by mmcmullan on 04/14/2014

Good morning,

And welcome to the Early Shift. We’ve got a lot to get to this morning. So let’s get cracking:

Plenty of opinions to go around today, like this one from Evan Soltas at Bloomberg View:

The larger problem isn’t that women are paid less than men for the same work; it’s that the American workplace puts women at a disadvantage before any apples-to-apples comparison can be made. …

Take occupations. One of the more disturbing signs is that industries where women had made limited progress in the 1970s and 1980s but never fully broke through -- such as manufacturing and information -- are slipping back toward male-only domains.

A manufacturing career for women, eh? It’s not such a bad idea! Just ask Korene:

Another opinion for you to munch on: Just how secure is America’s defense industrial base? Not very. Brigadier General John Adams (U.S. Army, Ret.) – author of the exhaustive and essential Remaking American Security – wrote recently in The Hill:

Recently, Foreign Policy reported that the U.S Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security had suspended U.S. exports of “defense article and defense services” to Russia. Does anyone seriously believe that China wouldn’t take similar steps against the United States if it became involved in a serious crisis in the South China Sea?

And speaking of China, take a look at this interesting little insight from the chief of the People’s Bank of China, who is quite comfortable with his institution’s immediate political links to the country’s ruling communist party. This might provide a little understanding of the bank’s starring role in China’s currency manipulation campaign.

ICYMI: Thirty-one senators – 16 Republicans and 15 Democrats – are urging the Obama administration to get tough on underpriced steel imports.

And lastly, as the Easter Bunny approaches, we ask: Where are Peeps made? Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, natch.

And that’s it. That’s it and that’s all, America. Let’s get this week going.

-AAM

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