Craig Becker is a longtime lawyer for big labor. Among his clients have been the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). When President Obama appointed him to the National Labor Relations Board, the independent federal regulatory agency that deals with union and employer compliance with federal labor laws, among other things, that nomination was rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.  President Obama seemed very eager to have him on the NLRB. The President then gave the labor lawyer a recess appointment which allows him to serve through the current year.  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when Speaker, severely criticized this appointment. 

Four San Diego firefighters forced by their supervisor to take part in a "gay pride" parade in 2007 have won their case against the city after the California Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court's decision in their favor.

House Republicans are turning their attention to the Environmental Protection Agency and their overreaching regulations. Today, they will be unveiling legislation to ban the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The legislation is expected to move through the House without issue.

When Austan Goolsbee, chief economic advisor to the Obama administration, was asked about the impact not raising the debt ceiling would have on the country, he said, �This is not a game. If we hit the debt ceiling, that�s essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history.� He continued:

RumsfeldFormer Bush administration Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who helped inaugurate the Bush-era torture policy and locked up American citizens without trial, will receive  a "Defender of the Constitution" Award from the American Conservative Union at the group's annual CPAC conference. Rumsfeld will be promoting his soon-to-be-released book, Known and Unknown, at the CPAC conference.

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