Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, facing his toughest election battle in memory, is determined to win the support of female voters. But in order to do that, he'll have to get creative with his record, and hope no one notices the difference.
McConnell, up for re-election next year, is facing threats from both the right and left. If he successfully fights off a Tea Party primary challenge, which is not at all assured, he will face Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes. The Grimes camp sees an opening hitting the Senate's top Republican for his embrace of anti-woman policies. read more
Since Gov. Rick Snyder was elected in Michigan, he has been hard at work championing conservative legislation. First, he signed an expansive Emergency Manager law which allows un-elected city officials to tear up union contracts and cut public services. Then he helped transform Michigan, an historic union stronghold, into a "right-to-work" state. During the same legislative session, the Michigan legislature passed—and Snyder approved—stringent abortion restrictions. read more
1. A group of dudes known as "How Ridiculous" traveled to Rotterdam to throw a basketball into a hoop...from a height of about 96m. They got it in.
Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 3, 2013
3. Putin's artistic interpretation of a "cat from behind"
For America's 98,800 public schools, it's been a tale of two sequesters.
In Virginia's Loudoun County—the wealthiest county in the U.S.—the automatic budget cuts have "meant hardly anything" as its public schools barely receive any federal support, explains school district spokesman Wayde Byard.
Less than two hours south in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, it's a different story. read more
Movements don't hold still; they either keep pushing forward or they decline. American labor has been doing the latter for the better part of a century.
When organized labor peaked in the mid-fifties, roughly one-third of all American workers were union members. Now only 11.3% are enrolled in unions, including 6.6% of private sector employees. Should the trend of de-unionization continue, it is not unreasonable to wonder whether there will be any American labor movement to speak of in twenty years or so. read more