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January 7th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — January 6-7, 2018

Published January 7th, 2018 -

The Trump Administration estimates that the first stage of its plan to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico would cost $18 billion over the next ten years.  This money would be used to build 316 miles of a new physical barrier and strengthe... More »

November 22nd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 22, 2017

Published November 22nd, 2017 -

Allegations of sexual harassment against high-profile men continued to mount yesterday with the announcement of accusations against news anchor Charlie Rose and Democratic Representative John Conyers.  As discussions turn to how to prevent sexual harassment in... More »

November 8th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — November 8, 2017

Published November 8th, 2017 -

Democrats won the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey yesterday.  Ralph Northam will be the new governor of Virginia, and Phil Murphy will be the new governor of New Jersey.  Read more here.  Bill de Blasio was also reelected and will serve a se... More »

October 27th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — October 27, 2017

Published October 27th, 2017 -

Uber faces a new employment discrimination lawsuit brought by three Latina software engineers who allege that the company discriminates against women and people of color in promotions and pay.  Uber is the latest in a string of tech companies–from Google... More »

October 25th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — October 25, 2017

Published October 25th, 2017 -

Yesterday, American Oversight, a transparency group, filed a suit in federal court “to compel compliance with the requirements of the [Freedom of Information Act]” and make the Department of Labor release documents related to the Trump Administration’s a... More »

September 19th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — September 19, 2017

Published September 19th, 2017 -

Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominations.  Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are the nominees.  Dhillon, who is currently... More »

September 13th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — September 13, 2017

Published September 13th, 2017 -

Yesterday, street protests erupted in numerous cities in France, including Lyon, Nantes, and Toulouse, in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform French labor law.  The proposed reforms aim to ease rules for small businesses, loosen hirin... More »

August 16th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — August 16, 2017

Published August 16th, 2017 -

Yesterday, the Boston Globe reported that four members of Teamsters Local 25 were acquitted of all charges by a jury in federal court in Boston.  The Teamsters had each been charged with a single count of conspiracy to extort and a single count of attempted ex... More »

August 7th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — August 7, 2017

Published August 7th, 2017 -

The Wall Street Journal reports that Americans are less likely to be laid off than at any point in at least 50 years.  In July, only 66 of every 10,000 people in the workforce claimed new unemployment benefits, trending at the lowest point on record going back... More »

August 4th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — August 4, 2017

Published August 4th, 2017 -

This week, President Trump endorsed legislation that would halve legal immigration to the United States in the next decade, by drastically reducing the number of immigrants admitted because of family ties. Although the number admitted based on jobs skills woul... More »

August 2nd, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — August 2, 2017

Published August 2nd, 2017 -

Yesterday, Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an order dismissing all claims in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. City of Seattle, a case challenging the validity of a Seattle or... More »

July 24th, 2017

Today’s News & Commentary — July 24, 2017

Published July 24th, 2017 -

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer published an op-ed in today’s N.Y. Times, in which he outlined the Democratic Party’s “better deal” for American workers.  The three stated goals of the new agenda are to increase pay, reduce expenses, and provide workers w... More »