Apr 12, 2010

What just happened?! Manic Monday edition

Because news doesn't always stop Friday at happy hour:

  • Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the Polish first lady, and scores of high-level military, political, and religious leaders from Poland died in a plane crash Saturday in Russia. All 96 people on board perished.
  • The uproar over unpaid internships continues! California's department of labor has issued updated guidelines on when interns must be paid. In startling contrast to the federal labor department's current position on the subject, the new guidelines give California employers slightly more latitude not to pay interns.
  • President Obama convened a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington today, bringing together the leaders of 47 nations to discuss how to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised immigration reform supporters in Las Vegas on Saturday that Congress would start work on comprehensive immigration reform as soon as lawmakers return from recess (that would be today). We'll be watching, Mr. Majority Leader.
  • Perdue Farms is under fire from the the New York Times and from environmental groups from the Delmarva peninsula region, via the Baltimore Sun.
  • Pickets in support of the now six-week long strike by Shaw's warehouse workers in Methuen, Mass. have caught the attention of the Boston media.
  • Obstructionists in Congress let unemployment benefits expire last week for hundred of thousands of out of work Americans last week - a 30-day extension is back before the Senate today. Will the Senate pass it?
  • Speaking of the Senate, Democrats are confident the President's nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens (who will retire in June) will enjoy a speedy confirmation; Republicans aren't so sure.

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