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
Watch All In with Chris Hayes Friday night for the latest on Syria's chemical weapons attack and the expected U.S. military response. Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the U.S. rationale for intervening in Syria Friday afternoon, disclosing intelligence showing the attack was planned and executed by the Syrian regime. American intelligence put the death toll at over 1,400, including at least 426 children. read more
President Obama met with the nation’s top financial regulators last week, to urge for rulings associated with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law passed more than three years ago. It was the first time the president convened a sit down with each regulator since 2011.
According to a White House statement, Obama “stressed the need to expeditiously finish implementing the critical remaining portions of Wall Street Reform to ensure we are able to prevent the type of financial harm that lead to the Great Recession from ever happening again.” read more
Cory Booker's opponent for the New Jersey Senate seat, Steve Lonegan, says it's “weird” that the Newark mayor won't discuss his private life. But Booker, on the All in With Chris Hayes show on Thursday, says the topic is irrelevant.
“The question really should not be am I gay or straight. The question should be, why the heck are you asking the question in the first place? It doesn’t make a whit of difference what kind of senator I’m going to be or not,” said Booker. read more