Congress finally passed a two-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits and a Social Security payroll tax cut for workers.
The nation's jobless, aided by the Communications Workers, the Service Employees and other unions, brought their plight directly to Congress this week.
After just two weeks, over 300,000 signatures have been collected for Scott Walker's recall. So far, collection totals average 1,040 signatures an hour and have far exceeded even the most optimistic expectations.
The measure, H.R. 3094, would deny workers the right to fair union elections by blocking changes proposed by the National Labor Relations Board.
Republicans on the committee favor closing the deficits entirely by cutting spending, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Even as scientists around the world continue to warn that the build up of greenhouse gases, especially CO2 from carbon based fuels, is leading to drastic changes in the earth's climate the major international oil and gas cartels continue to pump the substance while the leading governments of the world fail to take meaningful action.
The U.S.'s first step back to sanity took place Nov. 8 - most prominently in Ohio but also from Maine to Mississippi. Citizens had clearly had it with seeing their families served up as piñatas to extremist attacks on the middle class.
In a sneak attack on the democratic rights of the voters to recall elected officials, the Republicans are proposing a bill that would force petition gatherers, who already have to certify each petition they collect, to have those certifications notarized.
The granny in "Grannygate" is Marlene Quinn, a 78-year-old Cincinnati woman whose grandson and great granddaughter were saved by firefighters in a house fire a year ago.
Cantor's appearance had been planned for 4:30, but the news came earlier in the day that the Congressman had cancelled when told that the general public would be admitted as well as Penn students.