- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Get your words' worth with John Roberts:
A senior House Republican pressed Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday to prosecute Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for perjury over testimony he gave to a Senate committee last year denying that U.S. intelligence agencies were gathering data on large numbers of Americans.Holder said he would not comment on any possible ongoing investigations. “I can tell you—we take our responsibility seriously to investigate allegations of perjury,” Holder said. “With regard to this specific matter, we are looking at the materials that have been presented to us, and we’ll take the actions that are appropriate.”
“What more do you need besides an admission from Gen. Clapper that he lied?” Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) asked, pointing to Clapper’s later remark that his denial was “the least untruthful” answer he could give. [...]
“Wouldn’t it be pointless for Congress to pass new laws limiting data collection if the Justice Department and other officials are at liberty to lie about enforcing them?” said Sensenbrenner, a co-author of the Patriot Act.
- Equal Pay Day:
When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. While women hold nearly half of today's jobs, and their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial well-being of their families, they are still experiencing a gap in pay compared to men's wages for similar work. Today, women earn about 81 cents on the dollar compared to men — a gap that results in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages. For African-American women and Latinas, the pay gap is even greater.
Each year, National Equal Pay Day reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year. On National Equal Pay Day, we rededicate ourselves to carrying forward the fight for true economic equality for all.
- Southeast gets drenched:
Severe thunderstorms crawled across the Southeast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and causing flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue more than two dozen people from their homes and cars.
- Scientists want to map world's lobsters:
Lobster landings in the Gulf of Maine have hit record highs in recent years, but scientists warn that this may be the boom before the bust. While current warmer water temperatures have put the fishery right at the temperature sweet spot for lobsters, anything above 20º C is extremely stressful for lobsters and can cause a deadly outbreak of shell disease. In 1999, lobstering in Long Island Sound collapsed without warning after a record-breaking hot year unleashed a shell disease epidemic.
Lobsters make up 80 percent of the value of Maine’s fisheries, and support not only the fishermen, but also the boat builders, mechanics, bait sellers and local tourist industry. The economies of the northernmost counties in Maine are 90 percent dependent on lobstering.
- There are still 2.5 times as many job seekers as job openings:
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the hires rate—the share of total employment accounted for by new hires—held steady at 3.3 percent in February. [...]
Job openings showed more strength in February, increasing by 299,000. This brought the total number of job openings to 4.2 million. In February, there were 10.5 million job seekers (unemployment data are from the Current Population Survey), meaning that there were 2.5 times as many job seekers as job openings. Put another way: Job seekers so outnumbered job openings that 60 percent of job seekers were not going to find a job in February no matter what they did. In a labor market with strong job opportunities, there would be roughly as many job openings as job seekers.
Furthermore, the 10.2 million unemployed workers understates how many job openings will be needed when a robust jobs recovery finally begins, due to the existence of 5.3 million would-be workers who are currently not in the labor market, but who would be if job opportunities were strong. Many of these “missing workers” will become job seekers when we enter a robust jobs recovery, so job openings will be needed for them, too.
- Commemoration of 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act:
The LBJ Presidential Library will host a Civil Rights Summit to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses, will reflect on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Rep. McAllister marks Equal Pay Day by firing GF/staffer. Greg Dworkin on retail medical clinics, "How politics makes us stupid," and 2014 turnout & 16 field. Armando on Chait. Barbara Comstock, vote prankster, runs for Congress.
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