The U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a gender pay discrimination bill Wednesday as the White House continues to defend its use of a questionable statistic on the gender wage gap.
With all Republicans voting "no," the Paycheck Fairness Act did not get the 60 votes needed to end debate and move the bill to a vote. The bill would have allowed employees to share their salary information with each other and bring civil actions against their employer for gender discrimination.
Republicans objected that they were not allowed to offer any amendments to the bill, including an amendment offered by four female Republicans that would have included provisions against retaliating against workers who inquire about the salaries of their peers. more >>
NEW YORK — In an apparent reference to a tense, reportedly disrespectful, exchange between himself and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) during a congressional hearing Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called out the "unprecedented, unwarranted" adversity he and President Barack Obama have been facing in their respective offices Wednesday.
Addressing a full house at the national convention of Al Sharpton's civil rights group, National Action Network in New York City Wednesday, Holder took a swipe at his agitator.
"Since the day I became attorney general in 2009, I have been proud to stand alongside you in supporting efforts to advance the cause of justice that has always been the center of this, this administration's work," he said. more >>
The crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate with reports of pro-Russian separatists taking a government building in the city of Luhansk and declaring independence in Donetsk. The latest event sparks fears that other Ukrainian territories might break away, much like the annexation of Crimea last month.
"A resolution to this crisis will be found within the next 48 hours," said Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov in the capital Kiev, Reuters reported.
"For those who want dialogue, we propose talks and a political solution. For the minority who want conflict they will get a forceful answer from the Ukrainian authorities." more >>
A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Arizona's new abortion regulations, considered among the most stringent in the United States, could not take effect.
"The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay blocking the Arizona rules last week while it considered an appeal from Planned Parenthood of Arizona and abortion rights groups. The court extended the stay into a full injunction on Tuesday," reported The Associated Press.
"Attorney General Tom Horne had asked the appeals court to lift the stay, saying Planned Parenthood did not have enough evidence to show the restrictions were detrimental. But the panel decided to block the rules at least through May 12, when it will hear arguments in the case." more >>
In the wake of the Mozilla controversy, the Duck Dynasty controversy, the Chick-fil-A boycott/buycott, and the countless examples of intolerance and intimidation against conservatives on campuses across the country, it seems rather clear that - as Michelle Goldberg notes in The Nation – there is a "growing left-wing tendency towards censoriousness and and hair-trigger offense."
But does this increasing intolerance work? In other words, does it help leftists impose their own social norms on society, or does it serve mainly to stiffen resistance and motivate opponents?
It does both, but where it works depends greatly on context. For years we've seen stigma defeat dogma (insults and mockery defeat beliefs) on college campuses, where relentless assaults on conservative values tend to leave students more liberal than when they arrived. It's not hard to understand why. These attacks can make students feel isolated - like there's something wrong with them - and the more casual adherents to any worldview find it relatively easy to shed impediments to social acceptance. This creates a vicious cycle, as shrinking minorities feel less and less empowered and the vocal majority feels increasingly vindicated in calling their opponents extremists or bigots. more >>
Today marks one year since the passing of the Iron Lady-Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher is best known for her strong conviction and influential international leadership.
Thatcher's legacy is one that should be passed down to every generation especially to young conservatives who wish to make a difference in America and see the advancement of a free society. She's a tremendous example because of her courage-she was never afraid to speak up for her principles or her beliefs, she never backed down. When she launched her revolution she constantly faced adversity from the media where she was mocked and ridiculed. Eventually her persistence paid off and it was clear to the British people that she had a deep understanding of the true heart of the British nation.
One of Thatcher's most admirable qualities was that she kept the interests of the British people at heart; she never acted out of personal interest. Today it is rare to find a leader who puts the interests of their constituents above their own interests. more >>