In August 1966, a few years after his historic march on Washington, Gallup polled the country on their views of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Thirty-three percent of Americans held a favorable view of the civil-rights leader, compared to the 66 percent who weren't thrilled with his actions on the public stage.
It’s Friday! Which means another round of bad news for the economy. In this case, the Commerce Department has revised its assessment of economic growth for the second quarter. At the time, economists had estimated 1.3 percent growth for the quarter – sluggish, but an improvement over the first quarter, when the economy grew by an anemic 0.4 percent. The revision shows 1 percent economic growth for the second quarter, a sharp drop and lower than the decline expected by economic analysts.
At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor this morning, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, one of the most powerful union officials in the country, talked with reporters on the state of the labor movement, the recent elections in Wisconsin, President Barack Obama's rhetoric on jobs and the economy, and the labor movement's plan for the 2012 elections.