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Follow the bouncing ball: Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address

Tonight’s State of the Union, aside from promising 2014 will be a “year of action,” is almost guaranteed to be a snoozer. But for those of you as foolhardy as I am to watch the address nonetheless, I wrote a handy guide to SOTU cliches that may pop up.

Par example:

“This is not about politics.” — “This is obviously about politics.”

“This isn’t a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is an American issue.” — “This is an impossibly vague idea on which to legislate.”

“New efforts” — The same efforts as last year, only this time we really mean it.

“Bipartisan support” — Senate Democrats and Pat Toomey.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the two mojitos I’ve already drank tonight.

New at TNR: The Paradox of Women’s Wages

A glass ceiling… get it?

After not updating this site for more than a year, I’m finally returning for a total makeover and a renewed commitment to put the stuff I’m writing and reading and generally finding interesting on here. So!

Last week I wrote an article for The New Republic about what I thought was a fascinating nugget of information from the December jobs report: last month, all of the jobs growth went to women. I tried to explain why, and why this isn’t actually a good sign for women in the work force:

As Stephanie Coontz wrote in a recent op-ed, the problem for women in the workplace isn’t the glass ceiling so much as the “sinking floor.” While gaining ground in higher-paying sectors, women continue to vastly outnumber their male counterparts in low-wage jobs. This has led to a barbell effect, with the number of women in middle-sector jobs shrinking. So perhaps, to further stretch the metaphor, the problem isn’t the glass ceiling or the sinking floor, but the contracting walls of the trash compactor in Star Wars.

Read the whole thing, why doncha?