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Today’s News and Commentary – October 18

Published October 18th, 2013 -

The New York Times reports that Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers in San Francisco are on strike as of midnight last night, after 28 straight hours of negotiation failed to resolve the impasse between union leaders and transit managers. The strike comes af... More »

Today's News and Commentary – October 17

Published October 17th, 2013 -

Late Wednesday night, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to re-open the government after a 16-day shutdown, and raise the debt ceiling after coming within one day of default.  The government will be funded through January 15th, and the debt limit will last thro... More »

Today’s News and Commentary – October 16

Published October 16th, 2013 -

Negotiations are continuing between BART and its two major unions and, as the San Francisco Chroniclereports, there will be no strike today.  “We don’t want to talk about a strike; we want to get a deal,” said Chris Daly, political director of the SEIU. ... More »

Today's News and Commentary – October 15

Published October 15th, 2013 -

As the United States Government moves closer to the Thursday deadline to avert a default on its debts, the New York Times reports that Senate leaders have nearly reached a deal to avert the crisis. The Hill reports that one part of the tentative deal involves ... More »

Today's News and Commentary–October 14

Published October 14th, 2013 -

The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and San Francisco Chronicle all report that, last night, San Francisco Bay-area transit unions postponed their strike deadline by 24 hours; the new deadline is 11:59 tonight. For mont... More »

Weekend News and Commentary – October 12-13

Published October 13th, 2013 -

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that no agreement has been reached on a new Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) labor contract. The two transit unions, the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 (SEIU) and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 (ATU) ann... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — October 11

Published October 11th, 2013 -

Negotiations to end the government shutdown continue, reports the New York Times, though no agreement to a avert a default or reopen the government appears in sight. On Thursday, Republicans presented a plan to extend the government’s borrowing authority throu... More »

Today's News and Commentary — October 10

Published October 10th, 2013 -

President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve Board Wednesday. The New York Times, L.A. Times, and Wall Street Journal profile the nominee, discussing her background in economics and philosophy of combating unemployment through monetary s... More »

Today’s News and Commentary — October 9

Published October 9th, 2013 -

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released a new report detailing the initial results of a survey on job skills across 24 countries. According to the New York Times, the report revealed that U.S. workers are falling “dangerously behind”... More »

Today's News and Commentary – October 8

Published October 8th, 2013 -

Boston bus drivers are on strike today, leaving 33,000 students without transportation, the Boston Globe reports. The strike, which caught the city and schools by surprise, left city officials and parents scrambling to get children to school. United Steelworke... More »

Today's News and Commentary – October 7

Published October 7th, 2013 -

As the US government shutdown nears its second week, Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, announced that it would furlough 2,400 staff, a less severe cutback than previously expected. According to the Wall Street Journal, Boeing and the US ... More »

Weekend News and Commentary – October 5-6

Published October 6th, 2013 -

In a major development regarding the shutdown of the federal government, the Washington Post reports that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered almost all of the Pentagon’s 350,000 furloughed civilian employees  back to work this week because the ... More »