- Making News: House Rules Committee Protects DeLay
Today, House Republicans are expected to change a rule they adopted back in 1993, when the Democrats still controlled Congress. In order to protect Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, they now plan to amend the rule which says no Republican can be part of the leadership team if he or she is under indictment. Lou Dubose, former editor of the Texas Observer, has written a scathing story about Tom DeLay for Mother Jones magazine.
- Reporter's Notebook: Kmart and Sears Merge to Form Third Largest Retailer Kmart came out of bankruptcy just last year, but today it announced it's acquiring Sears in an $11billion deal that will produce America's biggest retailer after Wal-Mart and Target. The name will be Sears Holdings Corporation, but the new board will be dominated by Kmart's directors. David Greising, business correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, considers what the merger could mean for shareholders and shoppers.
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Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
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