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Her fast-food paycheck sucks, but she'd have been much happier in 1968.

Regardless of what side of the minimum wage debate you fall on, the conversation is bound to get heated. But a deeper look at how minimum wage has changed over the years shows just how screwy this whole situation is.

Her fast-food paycheck sucks, but she'd have been much happier in 1968.

Fast-food workers are demanding a higher wage and for good reason.

Nancy Salgado, a 10-year McDonald's employee, got quite a lot of attention in 2013 when she and a group of protesters showed up at a luncheon during McDonald's president Jeff Stratton's keynote address. Here's what she wanted to know.


But how did we get here?

The minimum wage has been raised numerous times over the years, peaking in 1968. And as a nation, we've come a long way since the '60s. But in comparison with today, we haven't come that far when it comes to giving workers a decent living wage. Take a look at these comparisons from Time magazine's "A History of the Minimum Wage."

And while the average household is earning $91 more than they did in 1968, minimum-wage workers are earning $7,363 less than they were making in 1968 (adjusted for inflation). I highly doubt McDonald's employees like Nancy Salgado would wanna take a time machine back to 1968, but at least her wallet would be a lot fatter.

There's no way you could convince me to go back to the '60s — heck, in 1967, interracial marriage had just become legal in all states! That would've made my husband and me former outlaws! But it's pretty bad when 1968 America has the modern day beat when it comes to raising a family on a living wage.

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Thomas F. Wilson played one of the most recognizable villains in film history, Biff Tannen, in the "Back to the Future" series. So, understandably, he gets recognized wherever he goes for the iconic role.

The attention must be nice, but it has to get exhausting answering the same questions day in and day out about the films. So Wilson created a card that he carries with him to hand out to people that answers all the questions he gets asked on a daily basis.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected diverse communities due largely in part to social factors such as inadequate access to housing, income, dietary options, education and employment — all of which have been shown to affect people's physical health.

Recognizing that inequity, Harlem-based chef JJ Johnson sought out to help his community maximize its health during the pandemic — one grain at a time.

Johnson manages FIELDTRIP, a health-focused restaurant that strives to bring people together through the celebration of rice, a grain found in cuisines of countless cultures.

"It was very important for me to show the world that places like Harlem want access to more health-conscious foods," Johnson said. "The people who live in Harlem should have the option to eat fresh, locally farmed and delicious food that other communities have access to."

Lack of education and access to those healthy food options is a primary driver of why 31% of adults in Harlem are struggling with obesity — the highest rate of any neighborhood in New York City and 7% higher than the average adult obesity rate across the five boroughs.

Obesity increases risk for heart disease or diabetes, which in turn leaves Harlem's residents — who are 76% Black or LatinX — at heightened risk for complications with COVID-19.

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Pete Buttigieg is having a moment. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana keeps trending on social media for his incredibly eloquent explanations of issues—so much so that L.A. Times columnist Mary McNamara has dubbed him "Slayer Pete," who excels in "the five-minute, remote-feed evisceration." From his old-but-newly-viral explanation of late-term abortion to his calm calling out of Mike Pence's hypocrisy, Buttigieg is making a name for himself as Biden's "secret weapon" and "rhetorical assassin."

And now he's done it again, this time taking on the 'originalist' view of the Constitution.

Constitutional originalists contend that the original meaning of the words the drafters of the Constitution used and their intention at the time they wrote it are what should guide interpretation of the law. On the flip side are people who see the Constitution as a living document, meant to adapt to the times. These are certainly not the only two interpretive options and there is much debate to be had as to the merits of various approaches, but since SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett is an originalist, that view is currently part of the public discourse.

Buttigieg explained the problem with originalism in a segment on MSNBC, speaking from what McNamara jokingly called his "irritatingly immaculate kitchen." And in his usual fashion, he totally nails it. After explaining that he sees "a pathway to judicial activism cloaked in judicial humility" in Coney Barrett's descriptions of herself, he followed up with:

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There are two conflicting viewpoints when it comes to addressing culture from that past that contains offensive elements that would never be acceptable today.

Some believe that old films, TV shows, music or books with out-of-date, offensive elements should be hidden from public view. While others think they should be used as valuable tools that help us learn from the past.

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