Monica Potts is a senior writer for The American Prospect and a fellow with the New America Foundation Asset Building Program. Her work has appeared in TheNew York Times, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate. She also blogs at PostBourgie.
Over at The Wonk Room. Pat Garofalonotes that Chief Justice John Roberts' line of questioning in a case involving the National Labor Relations Board shows that he wonders why President Obama hasn't made a recess appointment. Obama's nominee, Craig Becker couldn't get the 60 votes required to break a Republican filibuster.
A recess appointment is even more important now, since the Supreme Court could decide to throw out rulings made by the board when it only has two members, as it has in the time the spot has gone unfilled.
At the time this article went to press, the trial of Jennifer Thong's case was scheduled to begin March 22. It was later postponed until the end of this month.
A politician's hair is, pardon the expression, an extension of her politics.
When housewives across the country began imitating Sarah Palin's signature updo, it was seen as support for the self-styled populist. The New York Times interviewed Palin's hairdresser in Alaska, who said, "We would talk about pedicures and manicures and moose and politics, all while Sarah was having foils in her hair and holding my baby on her lap." The article described the rural salon as "Steel Magnolias on the tundra."
For some time now, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has urged an extension of a provision of the stimulus bill that allowed welfare funds to fully or partially subsidize the wages of low-income workers who are newly hired by private employers. The fund, known as the TANF Emergency Fund, is set to expire Sept. 30. That may jeopardize the jobs of many workers and employers in the states that used the fund to spur hiring among employers who wouldn't hire otherwise, and get jobs for low-income workers who might not have otherwise gotten one.
The health-care bill that will be signed by President Obama shortly also includes a provision that will require restaurants with more than 20 locations to place the calorie information for foods on menus so that the information is easy to see while customers order, the Associated Presstells us. New York City was the first place in the country to require calorie information on menus or displays, and now the restaurant industry faces similar moves in so many cities and states it supported the measure's addition to health-care reform legislation.
Now that the health-care reform bill will most likely be signed into law soon, many are trying to figure out what it means for them. TheNew York Times has plenty of graphs up to break it down, but a great blog called the Connecticut Employment Law Blog, run by Daniel Schwartz, explains what it means for many employers.