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Hostess Maneuver Deprived Pension (took workers' pension money to fund itself)

Source: Yahoo

The maneuver probably doesn't violate federal law because the money Hostess failed to put into the pension didn't come directly from employees, experts said.

"It's what lawyers call betrayal without remedy," said James P. Baker, a partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP who specializes in employee benefits and isn't involved in the Hostess case. "It's sad, but that stuff does happen, unfortunately."

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For example, John Jordan, a union official and former Hostess employee, said workers at a Hostess factory in Biddeford, Maine, agreed to plow 28 cents of their 30-cents-an-hour wage increase in November 2010 into the pension plan.

Hostess was supposed to take the additional 28 cents an hour and contribute it to the workers' pension plan.


Read more: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hostess-maneuver-deprived-pension-051400720.html

Group sues Senate to scrap filibuster

Source: Politico

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In addition to Common Cause, three DREAM Act students and four House Democrats — Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson, both of Georgia, Michael Michaud of Maine and Keith Ellison of Minnesota — were named as plaintiffs in the suit.

The students, who were born outside the U.S. and brought to the country illegally by their parents, claim they were denied a path to citizenship because of the archaic 1975 filibuster rule. During the 2010 lame-duck session, the DREAM Act, backed by President Barack Obama, won passage in the House and attracted a simple majority of 55 votes in the Senate, but fell short of the 60 needed to break a GOP filibuster.

The Democratic lawmakers argue that their votes in the House have been “diluted” by the filibuster rule, since such bills as the DREAM Act and campaign-finance DISCLOSE Act passed the House and won backing from a majority of senators but fell short of the 60-vote threshold. The DISCLOSE Act garnered 59 votes in the upper chamber.

“These bills continually pass the House and get blocked in the Senate,” said Sarah Dufendach, vice president of legislative affairs for Common Cause, which pushed for the DISCLOSE Act. “Their vote is being diluted. Their constituency is being diluted.”




Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76284.html#ixzz2EfPxQq6b



Senate Filibuster Targeted By House Democrats, Dream Act Activists In Federal Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit claiming the filibuster is an unconstitutional "accident of history" is set to be considered on Monday, months after it was filed by a coalition of House Democrats and activists.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/senate-filibuster-lawsuit_n_2270729.html

Toles: Milk or Eggs?

Doonesbury does Texas

Dubya goes on holiday

Dubya goes on holiday:



TORONTO - Shoppers at an Ikea store in North Toronto weren't monkeying around when they reported a primate on the loose Sunday afternoon.

Customers spotted a monkey — clad
in a pint-sized shearling coat — wandering around the store parking lot
by itself around 3 p.m.

Toronto police say Ikea staff
managed to lure the primate into a corner before calling the cops, who
in turn contacted the city's Animal Services department.

Staff Sgt. Ed Dzingala says the
monkey, who was "pretty scared," never actually made it inside the store
and was picked up by animal services officers within half an hour.

MORE:
http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Monkey+business+primate+clad+coat+spotted+north+Toronto+Ikea/7675468/story.html

This Modern World: "Somebody, Please! Save My Baby!

Obama Meets Psy


http://apsies.tumblr.com/post/37608684553/president-obama-meets-psy-at-the-christmas-in

The "New" Tea Party

Perfect Caption!


http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/12/concession-photo-obama-romney-white-house.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20nymag/intel%20(Daily%20Intelligencer%20-%20New%20York%20Magazine)

Wow, This Is Quite A Picture Of OUR President


bigger:
http://media.talkingpointsmemo.com/slideshow/november-white-house-2012/1-286855?ref=fpblg
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