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Obama Plan Cuts Taxes of Working Class

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama Plan Cuts Taxes of Working Class
Roberton Williams, TaxVox: President Barack Obama’s 2015 tax plan will translate to cutting taxes for the U.S.’s working class while having the wealthiest Americans pay more, according to new estimates. The poorest 20 percent in households will see their after-tax income increase by 0.7 percent, while the top 20 percent’s income after taxes will decrease by 1.2 percent.


Blast kills 4 soldiers in northern Tunisia

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Blast kills 4 soldiers in northern Tunisia
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s Defense Ministry says four soldiers were killed by a mine in the mountainous northwest of the country near the Algerian border.

Academy sues over auctioned Oscar statuette
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organization that hosts the Academy Awards has sued over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of “My Gal Sal” and is seeking to buy back the statuette for $10.

US ship leaves port to destroy Syrian weapons
GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — A Danish ship carrying hundreds of tons of Syrian chemical weapons steamed into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Wednesday for a rendezvous with a U.S. cargo vessel that will destroy the toxic material.


Obama: No apologies for executive actions

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama: No apologies for executive actions
Reacting again to House Speaker John Boehner’s impending lawsuit over executive actions, the president seems unconcerned


Sexual Assault Survivor Lisa Sendrow Explains The Consequences Of George Will’s Rape Dismissal On CNN

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Sexual Assault Survivor Lisa Sendrow Explains The Consequences Of George Will’s Rape Dismissal On CNN

From the July 2 edition of CNN’s New Day:

Previously: 

Exclusive: The Sexual Assault Survivor George Will Dismissed Responds

Wash. Post‘s George Will: Sexual Assault Victim Is Now A “Coveted Status”

Backlash Against George Will’s Offensive Rape Column Grows As Paper Drops Him


Two Polls, Two Results on Hobby Lobby Decision

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Two Polls, Two Results on Hobby Lobby Decision
Michael Cipriano, RealClearPolitics
Nearly half of likely voters agree with the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision that employers can refuse to provide health coverage for contraceptives if doing so violates their religious beliefs, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll. The poll found that 49 percent of respondents believe business owners should be allowed to refrain from offering such coverage (39 percent were opposed). On a closely related question, 47 percent believe that companies should not be “required by law” to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved birth control for women…


Rennard accuser quits Lib Dems

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rennard accuser quits Lib Dems
One of the women who accused Lord Rennard of sexual harassment quits the Lib Dems, saying the peer is a “thorn in the side” of the party.

Campaign to highlight voting changes
A publicity campaign is launched in England and Wales to alert people to major changes to the way they register to vote.

Work Programme contracts ‘flawed’
Ministers say the Work Programme is “improving rapidly” after fresh concerns are raised about the flagship back-to-work scheme.


SCOTUS’s shellacking of Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

SCOTUS’s shellacking of Obama
“This was a rough year for the administration,” UCLA law professor Adam Winkler said.


China Expels 3 Officials in Corruption Inquiry

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

China Expels 3 Officials in Corruption Inquiry
The expulsions of the three men, who had ties to the former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, were the latest sign that officials may announce charges against Mr. Zhou himself.

Pakistan Approves Sweeping Antiterror Bill, Prompting Warnings From Rights Groups
The act allows security forces to shoot suspects on sight, arrest suspects without warrant and withhold information about where detainees are being held or what they are being charged with.

Accusations ‘Grotesque,’ Nicolas Sarkozy Says of Inquiry
After being detained for 15 hours, the former French president criticized investigators looking into his dealings and campaign finances.



Iraqi Premier Places Unity Second to Fighting ISIS
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki said defeating extremist Sunni groups was more urgent than bridging Iraq’s political divides, contrary to the urging of the United States and others.




Celebrating F.O.I.A. on Independence Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Celebrating F.O.I.A. on Independence Day

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On July 4, 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson surprised even some of his closest aides by signing the Freedom of Information Act. Johnson was said to have hated the “government-information bill”; he questioned the motives of the Democrat who was its chief architect, and was so disturbed by its passage that Bill Moyers, then L.B.J.’s press secretary, warned its supporters not to get their hopes up. With Congress in recess and the President vacationing in Texas, it was widely expected that Johnson would pocket-veto the bill.

Yet Johnson—possibly bowing to pressure from within the party, as well as from the American Society of Newspaper Editors—reversed course and signed the F.O.I.A. bill into law. His ambivalence was clear. There was strikingly little fanfare, especially considering the date. Johnson held no official signing ceremony, and the statement that he issued made no mention of the Fourth of July, leaving observers to ponder whether the timing was a symbolic flourish or simply a practical matter, determined by the pocket-veto deadline. His comments dwelled nearly as much on the limitations of the new law as its potential to transform the relationship between citizens and their government. The people, he said, should have as much information as possible—or, rather, all “that the security of the nation permits”:

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New Delaware Law Will Ensure Employers Can’t Force Workers To Have Unsafe Pregnancies

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

New Delaware Law Will Ensure Employers Can’t Force Workers To Have Unsafe Pregnancies

Delaware joins just eight other states that have passed employment protections for pregnant workers.

The post New Delaware Law Will Ensure Employers Can’t Force Workers To Have Unsafe Pregnancies appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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“Right now if you’re pregnant,” President Obama pointed out at the White House Summit on Working Families last week, “you could get fired for taking too many bathroom breaks…or forced on unpaid leave.” But that will soon no longer be true in the state of Delaware.

On Monday, the Delaware House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would protect pregnant workers from discrimination after the Senate had previously done the same. The state’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act will require employers to make reasonable accommodations — such as providing a stool, allowing employees to drink water on the job, and putting workers on lighter duty — for pregnant workers who need them to stay on the job, unless they changes would impose an undue hardship on employers. It would also ban employers from firing workers because they need these accommodations, block them from forcing pregnant workers onto leave, prohibit them from making changes to a pregnant employee’s work when she doesn’t need them to do her job, and require that any accommodations or benefits that are made available to those with injuries or disabilities also be provided to pregnant workers.

That would help state residents like Nicole Villanueva, a hospital worker who developed shortness of breath and tightness in her chest during her pregnancy. Her doctor recommended that she stick to clerical work for the remainder, but her employer told her it wouldn’t make that change because she wasn’t injured at work. The hospital then fired her, saying she couldn’t return to her regular job.

Delaware’s bill is likely to become law soon. “We absolutely anticipate that the governor will sign this into law,” Liz Watson, director of workplace justice for women and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, wrote in an email to ThinkProgress. “This bill had both Republican and Democratic leads on the Senate side, and passed with unanimous bipartisan support.”

Delaware joins a lonely group in passing such legislation. Eight others have passed similar laws, but, in the other 41, women can be forced to take unpaid leave or fired if they need these kinds of accommodations to keep working while pregnant. In a survey of women who had recently given birth, nearly two-thirds were employed during their pregnancies and the vast majority of them needed small changes to keep working such as more frequent breaks or doing less heavy lifting. Yet many never asked for them or were refused outright. Extrapolating to the broader population, more than a quarter million women are being denied their requests each year.

Those women can end up getting fired, going on unpaid leave that hurts their families’ finances, or even losing their babies in miscarriages. These challenges appear to be growing, as pregnancy discrimination charges have increased 65 percent in less than a decade.

A Pregnant Workers Fairness Act at the national level would make sure all American women are given the protections they need to stay on the job during their pregnancies. Such a bill has been introduced multiple times in Congress, yet it hasn’t gained any traction.

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