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In a letter to employees on Monday, CEO Howard Schultz said the coffee chain will increase base pay for U.S. employees and managers at company-operated stores by at least 5 percent starting Oct. 3.

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High-quality coffee, bought "based on its origins, its process, its methods," may be a bit "hipster" and more expensive than the average Starbucks goop, but according to writer Chérmelle Edwards in The Guardian, it may be far better for the environment.

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A chemist tried to swap orange juice bottles with containers filled with rubbing alcohol at a coffee shop in San Jose, Calif.; Republicans' insistence on hampering immigration reform thanks to a provision concerning gay immigrants is utter stupidity; meanwhile, people with health insurance are going bankrupt thanks to medical costs, but Obamacare isn't the answer. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The coffee company's chief executive, Howard Schultz, conscripted "countless low wage workers into the austerity army" in asking his Washington, D.C.-area employees to promote the billionaire-backed Fix the Debt campaign by scrawling the words "Come Together" on customers' cups.

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