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Grew up in a fairly conservative household, but I always felt there was something wrong with that ideology. So I started supporting Democrats as soon as I reached voting age.

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Obama administration questions U.S. airlines on subsidy claims: source

Source: Reuters

The Obama administration has asked U.S. airlines for more information on their claims that Gulf carriers have received market-distorting subsidies, marking its first written response to U.S. airlines' lobbying effort, Reuters has learned.

The administration asked U.S. airline representatives about 20 questions in writing last week about their method in determining the subsidy allegations and about the market harm they say Gulf carriers have caused them, according to a person familiar with the matter.

U.S. airlines hope to provide the government answers within 10 days, the person said.

While the administration has not taken a stance, the request reflects the growing focus on the debate in Washington. The source said the questions were factual and did not suggest the administration was either swayed or skeptical.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/19/us-airlines-competition-regulator-idUSKBN0MF07D20150319

This is an interesting development for those following this saga. The U.S. based carriers (and their unions!) are protesting that the Middle Eastern airlines receive unfair subsidies. Their labor practices are also fairly questionable.

A question about seniority and being a college student

I'm sure some people can help me here. I am a 21 year old Democrat with very progressive views. I am currently in college balancing significant coursework with my new job. The job is at a union shop, and obviously I'm at the very bottom of the seniority list.

My managers know I am in school, so they made a special schedule to accommodate me. This schedule allows me to not work mandatory shifts on days when I have class. Unfortunately, some of the more senior members of the union are now objecting because they say I'm bypassing seniority to get certain shifts, which would violate the contract. I may have to resign, which would be a shame, because I really like the work and we make a decent wage with good benefits (thanks to the union).

Still, I'm having a crisis of faith. I always supported pro-labor politicians and I think right-to-work is a terrible idea. But can you blame me for feeling a bit jaded if a union forces me to lose a job that I like? Not sure what to think here. Also, the union folks might agree to make an exception, not sure yet. They're talking it over with management.
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