FROM Deborah Brake
Congress Prepares to Send Fair Pay Bill to Obama The House today was expected to join the Senate and pass the first bill to go to the desk of President Obama. It would make it easier for women workers to combat wage discrimination. In 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled against Lilly Ledbetter , even though she proved she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the same work at a Goodyear Tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama. Ledbetter rode Barack Obama’s inaugural train from Philadelphia to Washington and he promised her the law would be changed. Debora Brake, who teaches law at the University of Pittsburgh, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.