With the 2012 presidential election already on presidential aspirants' front doorstep, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is hiking the campaign trail, stomping the path of ethanol subsidies.

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.

Yesterday evening, the “Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Law Act” failed to clear a procedural vote, 47-51. Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had threatened not to bring the measure to the Senate floor, he agreed to allow the bill to come to the floor if Republicans agreed not to filibuster the Federal Aviation Administration bill. The vote was strictly party-line.

As one of her first official acts, New Mexico's new Republican Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order rescinding illegal immigrants' sanctuary from investigation of their legal status when they commit crimes in the state — a sanctuary that her predecessor, Governor Bill Richardson, had created, also by an executive order.

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