WalMart employees are planning to stage their largest walkout ever on Black Friday, the biggest holiday shopping day at the world´s largest retail store.[Snip] Expecting 1,000 protests both at stores and online is watchdog group Corporate Action Network and Union-supported groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart. Employees in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and D.C. have signed up in the walkout according to Making Change’s director Dan Schlademan. Work stoppages are also planned in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana and Minnesota. Mr Schaldeman said no specific store locations are being released for fear of worker retaliation
SelectUSA is one of President Barack Obama’s more snappily titled creations. Established early last year, the organisation’s brief is to drum up foreign investment in the US. Its staff are a busy bunch. This week they organised a summit for business leaders in Moscow. December will see them in Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi. January brings a trip to Paris to persuade the French to invest, while there is a visit to Hanover in the spring to tap the Germans for cash. It is the sort of globe-trotting itinerary that will inflame critics who believe such efforts are a waste
Paula Broadwell, the biographer with whom former CIA director David Petraeus had an extramarital affair, abandoned her bid for a doctorate from Harvard in 2007, failing to advance to PhD candidacy after four semesters at the Kennedy School of Government, and now faces the prospect of an ethical review at King’s College London, where she has resumed pursuit of a doctorate. The revelations about her mixed academic record add to the portrait of a principal figure in the Petraeus scandal who has refused to respond to multiple Globe requests for comment and hasn’t spoken publicly
Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he still wants the rest of Chrysler and intends to get it. Italy´s Fiat SpA acquired control of Chrysler in 2009 as part of a bailout of the bankrupt automaker brokered by the Obama administration. It now owns 58.5 percent of Chrysler. The rest is owned by a retiree health care trust run by the United Auto Workers. Marchionne has long said he wants Fiat to buy it all so that he can fully merge the two companies. But last month, Marchionne announced a new investment plan to save Fiat´s foundering European operations,
Power: President Obama calls government spending "investments." But Obama had taxpayers invest not just in harebrained green energy schemes, but in those who might hurt him — like David and Holly Petraeus. The late British Stalinist journalist Claud Cockburn is given credit for quipping, "Never underestimate the effectiveness of a straight cash bribe." (Snip) On top of Gen. Petraeus´ sizable government salary, CNSNews reports that since last year his wife Holly, the victim of Petraeus´ alleged affair with author Paula Broadwell, has been enjoying a $187,605 salary as an assistant director within the Dodd-Frank law´s new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Top congressional leaders of both parties, eager to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” are beginning to show signs of willingness to compromise on the thorny issue of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as they prepare to meet President Obama on Friday at the White House. Republican leaders on Capitol Hill this week said they are willing to talk about increased government revenue from closing down tax deductions and loopholes, while Democrats including Mr. Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have signaled willingness to concede on raising the top income tax rate back to 39.6 percent. “We are open
Politics: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has declared there´s no fiscal cliff and any address of runaway government spending is just "a manufactured crisis." Is Big Labor´s big boss just plain stupid? Or is there a darker agenda? (Snip)In short, Trumka is arguing that there´s no such thing as too much government spending, that deficits don´t matter and that entitlements cannot be cut. Such denialist thinking is beyond irresponsible in the face of a $16 trillion debt, highest on global record and a sign of an irrational agenda often followed by would-be tyrants. Trumka is trying to intimidate congressional Democrats
JERUSALEM — Israel massed troops outside the Gaza Strip late Thursday, signaling that it was prepared to send in ground forces to engage Hamas militants who bombarded the Jewish state with more than 200 missiles and killed at least three people. The escalating violence between archenemies Israel and Hamas, which launched scores of rockets into southern Israel in retaliation for a Wednesday airstrike that killed the Palestinian group’s military chief, has sparked concern of all-out warfare in a Middle East already roiled by Syria’s civil war and protests in the wake of the Arab Spring
It is impossible not to notice the timing of this week’s incipient Middle East regional war. It comes approximately one week after Barack Obama was re-elected to the presidency. Last Tuesday, Obama won re-election; four days later, Hamas began firing rockets on Israel’s southern cities in a new wave. The day after that, Syria began shelling Israeli positions in the north. And two days after that, the Palestinian Authority told the press that they would be making another bid for statehood at the United Nations; the same day, riots began in Jordan over gas price increases.
Comity: The president is feigning when he says, "I´m hoping to compromise" with Republicans. It´s a trap. His mentors counseled to never compromise with "the enemy." ´Reconciliation´ means that when one side gets the power and the other side gets reconciled to it, then we have reconciliation," wrote the father of community organizing, Chicago socialist Saul Alinsky, in "Rules for Radicals," the organizing handbook Obama trained by. It´s clear from Obama´s indignant tone at Wednesday´s press conference that he has no intention of reconciling differences with Republicans over fiscal policy.
In his first public remarks since resigning as CIA director last Friday over an extramarital affair, retired General David Petraeus said he did not share any classified documents with his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. Petraeus also told a reporter for the HLN television network that it was the affair, not any questions over the CIA´s role during the September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that prompted him to step down. Reuters reported on Wednesday that investigators found substantial classified information on a computer used by Broadwell. According to law enforcement and national security sources,
Leadership: Obama admits sending our U.N. ambassador, who had "nothing to do with Benghazi," to explain Benghazi on five Sunday talk shows "at the request of the White House" with talking points "provided to her." Considering this was President Obama´s first press conference in eight months, his bluster that if "Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me" regarding Benghazi is a bit odd. When the questions needed to be asked and answers needed to be given, both the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were nowhere to be found.
A source passes along this proposal of a DREAM Act alternative, called the “Achieve Act,” from a Republican senator. A few key points: eligible non-legal immigrants would have to get a college degree of some sort or serve for four years in the military. They would then get a four-year work visa. After that, they would be able to apply for a permanent visa. Eligible young adults would have had to be 14 or younger when they arrived in this country, and be no older than 28 (or in some circumstances) 32.
On Thursday´s CBS This Morning, open Obama supporter Gayle King and Norah O´Donnell repeatedly prompted liberal historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to equate the newly-reelected President Obama to Abraham Lincoln. O´Donnell wondered, "Is there a lesson for Obama now in his second term with Lincoln?" King hyped how Obama "sought out" the author and asked, "What did he want to know from you?"
Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former
Hostess employees insisted on continuing a strike, even as management noted that the company couldn´t survive a prolonged union action. Now the employees won´t have jobs at all, as their action has forced the company to liquidate. On Black Friday, some Wal-Mart employees are planning on staging a walkout to protest alleged retaliation for employees who criticize the company. (Not surprisingly, union organizers -- angry that Wal-Mart isn´t unionized -- are behind a lot of the controversy.) Perhaps what all these petulant employees don´t realize is that companies are in business to earn a profit.
Why did Mitt Romney lose the election? If you ask him--as some donors did--it´s because President Obama gave "extraordinary financial gifts" to Hispanic voters and other demographic blocs in his voting coalition. This week Romney explained his election loss to high-level donors on at least two private conference calls, and ABC News obtained a recording of one of them Wednesday. Among the many news tidbits are Romney´s repeated comments about "gifts" to demographic groups by Obama (particularly Hispanics), a call from Bill Clinton, Romney´s frustration with the GOP primary system,
The Seattle Times got its hands on that much-hyped “Shirtless FBI Agent” photo, and it’s not at all what we were led to believe. Apparently the photo was a joke the agent sent out to multiple friends, including Jill Kelley and a Seattle Times reporter, back in 2010. It shows the agent outside of MacDill Air Force Base, posing in between two SWAT target dummies that look a lot like him. The caption reads: ”Which One’s Fred?” The Seattle Times, which also interviewed the shirtless agent (real name: Frederick Humphries), reports
This video of the Israeli strike on Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari was temporarily removed from the IDF’s YouTube page this morning for supposedly violating its “terms of service.” A short time later, it was put back up. My multiple emails to YouTube’s press office have been ignored, but All Things Digital managed to get this email response from a spokesperson: “With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it.”
The good news for Democrats is that Obamacare will now be implemented. But the bad news for Democrats is also that Obamacare will now be implemented. President Obama´s re-election ensures that his signature health care law will not be repealed before its major provisions go into effect. But that also means, to borrow a phrase from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Americans will begin to find out what´s in the law. Starting Jan. 1, several key provisions of the health care law will kick in. Americans will only be allowed to contribute $2,500 to flexible spending accounts,
Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney joked on Thursday that she might have pulled a "not impressed" face when meeting President Obama. McKayla Maroney ? @McKaylaMaroney Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President..? The 16-year-old Maroney became associated with the particular expression, which turned into an Internet meme, following NBC coverage of the London Olympics. The U.S. women´s gymnastics team, known as the "fierce five," visited the White House on Thursday. They met with the president before he left to tour storm damage from Hurricane Sandy in New York.
She shared a smooch with one married general, sent reams of explicit emails to another — and now she’s lost her unpaid gig as social director for Tampa’s military elite. More details emerged Wednesday about Florida military base volunteer Jill Kelley’s tight ties to disgraced ex-Gen. David Petraeus and his Afghanistan successor, Gen. John Allen. The raven-haired socialite hosted Petraeus and his wife at an awards ceremony in her Tampa home last summer, with the soon-to-be CIA director planting a friendly kiss on her left cheek. The 37-year-old brunette Air Force Base volunteer was a bit cheekier with Gen. John Allen,
President Obama’s labor regulators are preparing to give his “army” of unions the private contact information of workers employed by non-union companies, as part of an array of rules to facilitate and finance union expansion. “The National Labor Relations Board is expected to start work on a rule that would force businesses to turn over workers’ phone numbers, emails and shift times to union organizers,” the Associated Press reported this week. It’s an effort to enhance the unions’ voter contact operations, in effect, as current law only requires companies
PHILADELPHIA -- A Temple University student made a rare find at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As he explored an exhibit with his girlfriend, he realized one 16th Century painting was almost like looking in the mirror. A curiosity in art and culture brought Max Galuppo to the Philadelphia Museum of Art last weekend. The Temple student from Hunterdon County, New Jersey is seeing 15 minutes of fame that could last a little longer, because he seems to be immortalized in a 16th Century Italian painting.
Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. explained that members of Congress had to work together if they were going to accomplish any important legislation. “On the front of our uniforms is Team USA,” Pelosi said, comparing Congress to the San Francisco Giants, who won the world series this year. “We have to work together for our country to continue to be number one and prevail.” Pelosi said that she hoped that Republicans would work with President Obama to move forward on important legislation. “It wasn’t like this before, even when President Bush was president
With things looking pretty hopeless for the victims of Superstorm Sandy, Neil Cavuto asked Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis to join him on Your World to provide those suffering with a little hope. So, what does Francis know about pain and suffering? Quite a bit, it turns out. In her new memoir Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter, Francis details the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother. Since the release of her book, Francis tells Cavuto that many people have approached her detailing similar hardships.