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Here’s today’s assortment of interesting links, markets in everything, infographics, charts, maps, facts of the day, and more.

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Supporters attend a "Raise the Wage" rally in New York May 7, 2015. Governor Cuomo said on Wednesday he would create a so-called Wage Board, a move apparently designed to allow him to raise the minimum wage without the approval of state lawmakers.  Reuters

Unions and the $15 minimum wage.

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Rohingya migrants, who arrived in Indonesia this week by boat, listen to government and non-governmental representatives speak at a temporary shelter in Aceh Timur regency, near Langsa in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 24, 2015. Reuters

There is no easy solution in sight for Asia’s newest boat people. The lack of an effective political community in the region only ensures that their suffering will continue.

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Socialist Party (PSOE) Secretary General Pedro Sanchez (R) greets next to regional presidential candidate Ximo Puig as he arrives at an electoral meeting at the bull ring in Valencia, Spain, May 16, 2015. Reuters

Economic troubles and corruption have led to the end of Spain’s stable two-party system.

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Sanders (I-VT) uses a bullhorn to speak to supporters gathered outside a town-hall campaign stop at New England College in Concord, New Hampshire May 27, 2015. Reuters

Instead of making public college free for all students, policymakers should look to foster more entrepreneurship in higher education while giving all institutions a real stake in their students’ success.

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The real problem facing us is not income inequality per se, but deepening poverty and poor economic opportunities at the bottom, which are strongly correlated with a decline in traditional family structures.

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Welcome to Shale 2.0: A strong, increasingly efficient and productive U.S. shale industry — powered by American ingenuity and “Made in the USA” drilling and extraction technologies — is here to stay, thanks in part to an unintended gift from the Saudis.

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As we look for savings across the entire federal budget, it is critical that we recognize intelligence as a force multiplier, meaning that a relatively smaller investment in intelligence can help compensate for larger cuts elsewhere.

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It’s been tempting to think the shale boom is over, that a fall in the rig count and a small dip in US crude production signify that the high-water mark of US shale oil has come and gone. But, as the Saudis are finding out, we are just in the early innings of a new revolution.

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New Jersey Governor and probably 2016 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. Reuters

Sometime between now and the Republican nomination, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will enjoy a rally in the polls — nationally, and maybe in New Hampshire.

 

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