Unions — in both the public and private sectors — have been thrust back into the national spotlight following weeks of unrest over proposed reforms, particularly in Wisconsin, but in other states as well. Countless commentators and analysts of all persuasions have offered their opinions on the matter. And the outcome of ongoing battles, all of them agree, will have far-reaching repercussions.
Though evidence of racism in the Justice Department has been evident for some time, Attorney General Eric Holder finally admitted to it on March 1, when he confessed that the Department was lax in the voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 8 to 1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to freedom of speech. The Kansas Church attracted nationwide notoriety through its displays of angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members. In so doing, the High Court recognized that even offensive behavior is subject to constitutional protections.
The U.S. Navy will name an American warship after deceased U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), despite protests from the public, which complained about the honor because of about Murtha's defamation of U.S. Marines.
The United States Senate just voted 91 to 9 in favor of the House-passed temporary spending bill. Like in the United States House of Representatives, where 100 Democrats broke with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Senate vote proved to be bipartisan. The approved continuing resolution will keep the government running for two more weeks, until March 18, providing Congress more time to reach an agreement on the budget for the fiscal year, ending on September 30.