April 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans two new executive actions this week to promote equal pay for women - and to promote equal pay as a critical issue for Democrats this election year. One action, an executive order, will prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who talk about how much money they make, according to an administration official familiar with the plans. The other, a presidential memorandum, will require contractors to report data to the government showing the compensation they provide their employees by sex and race.
March 31, 2014 |
Until Monday, Michelle Byrom was set to become the first woman executed by Mississippi in 70 years -- for a murder her son reportedly confessed to committing. The Mississippi Supreme Court halted Byrom's execution, threw out her murder conviction and ordered a new trial in one of the nation's most closely watched capital-punishment cases. In the decision handed down Monday, the court called its own move "extraordinary and extremely rare," at least compared to similar death-penalty appeals, few of which result in new trials.
February 21, 2014
Re "Imperial, shrinking president," Opinion, Feb. 18 As Jonah Goldberg insinuates, what we all learned in fifth-grade civics class about the "three branches of government producing checks and balances" now appears doubtful. Something of an honor system must operate to keep President Obama and Congress on the constitutional level. Obama contends that Congress has granted him authority for his various executive orders, even where they purport to make unilateral changes to legislation.
January 29, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union spotlighted many issues, but more than anything it illuminated the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a "dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility" in the U.S. as the "the defining challenge of our time," a theme he repeated Tuesday night. "After four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better," he said, "but average wages have barely budged.
January 28, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's sixth speech on the state of the union will spotlight many issues, but more than anything may illuminate the vast gap between his policy ambitions and the tools he has to achieve them. The president made the ambition clear last month, when he referred to a “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” in the United States as the “the defining challenge of our time.” His overriding goal, he has said in speeches and interviews, is to reverse the trend in which incomes for most Americans have stagnated since the late 1970s while the share going to the wealthiest has soared.
January 28, 2014 |
In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled policies he can implement by executive order, as well as several needing congressional approval. Among them: Executive actions: • Create a retirement savings program for lower-income workers. The “starter” investment plan would be made available to millions of private-sector employees who do not currently have access to a 401(k) or pension. • Boost the minimum wage for workers hired by firms with federal contracts to $10.10 per hour.