Apr 9, 2010

What just happened?! Friday funday edition

A day of resignations, regulations, and protestations:

  • Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced today that he’ll resign in June, at the age of 90, after serving on the Court for 34 years.

  • The announcement was not unexpected, but it set off a new (albeit ritual, and predictable) flurry of speculation on who President Obama will nominate to replace him.

  • Also giving notice today was Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, who was front in center in the recent health care reform debate. Representative Stupak confirmed today that he will not seek re-election, capping his service in the House of Representatives at nine terms.

  • Speaking of health care reform, did you know the new law requires insurance plans to include preventive services, including routine immunizations, cancer screenings, and checkups, at no additional out-of-pocket charge? That's a nice TGIF tidbit for anyone who think health care reform doesn't affect them since they already have health insurance.

  • Labor is turning up the heat on Wall Street this month (in conjunction with the Senate vote on financial regulatory reform), unleashing a 10,000-person march on the country's financial capital, and planning disruptions of bank shareholder meetings.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency is set to implement a long-delayed regulation that holds the construction industry responsible for preventing lead poisoning in children. The regulation is drawing mixed reactions from stakeholders on either end of the issue.

  • Immigration reform activists are planning a national day of action for April 10 (that's tomorrow!). Massive rallies will be held in Seattle, Las Vegas, Chicago, Philadelphia, El Paso, Providence, and last but not least, Lakewood, N.J. Get out there and rally for America!

  • Linda Greenhouse is also focused on immigration! Today she dissects the Supreme Court's recent ruling that lawyers have a constitutional obligation to warn noncitizen clients about the "potentially disastrous immigration consequences" of pleading guilty to a criminal charge.

  • More good work going on at the new-and-improved Department of Labor: the Wage and Hour division has launched "We Can Help," a new campaign to fight wage theft. Information on the campaign is available at http://www.dol.gov/wecanhelp/. The site has some great materials (posters, booklets, etc) as well as instructions on how to file a complaint with the Wage and Hour division.

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