Opinion

The FINANCIAL -- President Obama's plan to exempt up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation remains tied up in court, but most voters still don’t think the United States is aggressive enough in deporting those who are here illegally.

The FINANCIAL -- The movement for a $15-an-hour minimum wage has scored several high-profile victories lately. New York state plans to phase in a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers over the next few years. Los Angeles County will raise its minimum to $15 for all workers by 2021, following a similar move by the city of Los Angeles. Seattle is phasing in the $15 minimum that was adopted last year. And the huge University of California system will raise the minimum wage for its workers to $15 by 2017.

The FINANCIAL -- If “The Donald” loses the Republican presidential nomination and runs as a third-party candidate, he definitely could put a crimp in GOP hopes to reclaim the White House.

The FINANCIAL -- Going into the first Republican debate of the primary season next week, it looks like Donald Trump, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush are guaranteed seats.

The FINANCIAL -- Usually the biggest problem with federal programs is a lack of cash, but that’s not the case with the government’s ideas for mortgage borrowers who have run into rough times. In fact, it turns out that government foreclosure prevention programs have a $20 billion surplus — money some on Capitol Hill now want for such things as road and bridge repairs.

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