Cal State is tightening admissions criteria to control demand (Los Angeles Times).
Best state for businesss? Yes, it's California (Bloombert).
At Citigroup, it's the same as it ever was (Shah Gilani / Money Morning).
Simpsons co-creator, Cheers writer, dies at age 59 after giving most of his fortune to charity (The Guardian).
What Europe's hopeful left can learn from Latin America (The Conversation).
Eastern Europe's auto powerhouse (Ozy).
French: Lingua Franca (Ozy).
LOW WAGES AREN'T AN ACCIDENT
Walmart's wages are so low that you - i.e. the American taxpayer - are actually paying Walmart's employees through the welfare programs they have to subscribe to in order to survive (Mic).
IMF: Weaker unions = higher CEO pay (Inequality / IMF).
According to Forbes, $2.1 trillion is just about what U.S. corporations have stashed abroad (Forbes.)
The biggest bank fines, to date (Reuters).
BNP joins growing list of foreign banks paying heft fines in U.S. (Market Watch).
It's not often that I agree with the Heritage Foundation, but their report on "Quantitative Easing, The Fed's Balance Sheet, and Central Bank Insolvency" is spot on (Heritage Foundation).
OIL / FRACKING NEWS
Fracking's dark side gets darker (ECO Watch).
Since city of Denton banned fracking, Texas GOP moves to preempt local control (Truth Out).
Texas oil queen ... of the Texas Railroad Commission (Ozy).
California order 12 oil-field wells shut to protect groundwater (LA Times).
Hundred of illicit oil wastewater pits found in Kern County (LA Times).
ISSUES OF RACE IN AMERICA
Obama givers another greatest speech ever, this time in Selma (Naked Capitalism).
Colin Powell still sees 'dark vein' of intolerance in GOP (ABC News).
Beyond reform: Essays call for a sweeping reassessment of incarceration (Truth Out).
Yes, black America fears the police. Here's why (Pro Publica).
Madison police chief says officer shooting of unarmed man has similarities to Ferguson (The Guardian).
THE AMERICAN RIGHT
Reagan adviser to GOP: 'They are really rather stupid and not well read' (Daily Kos).
From white sheets to spread sheets ... Jim Crow becomes Dr. James Crow (Nation of Change)
How to become a conservative in four embarrassing steps (Nation of Change).
Republican presidential hopefuls scramble to support seditious Iran letter (Politics USA).
LIVING IN DENIAL
Florida officials ban term 'climate change' (Nation of Change).
Mayor of Ferguson rejects DOJ report, says there's 'no proof' city has a race problem (Nation of Change).
Charter school hailed by Jeb Bush ended in ruin ... but looks good on his presidential resume (NY Times).
Senator expected to face federal corruption charges (Nation of Change).
Maine efforts to tax non-profits raises eyebrows across the U.S. (Seattle PI).
Holder says he's prepared to 'dismantle' Ferguson police department if necessary (Washington Post).
3 connections between climate change and extreme weather (ECO Watch).