Thousands of global trade activists are protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the controversial and still secretive trade agreement between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries due to be signed in New Zealand. RT’s Manuel Rapalo takes a look at the controversy.
A new group called Bank Whistleblowers United have just pushed out a comprehensive plan they think would put the executive branch back in the business of enthusiastically identifying, indicting, and convicting financial fraudsters — restoring accountability while protecting the public.
The cumulative credibility of the group’s four founders is extremely strong. Richard Bowen is the Citigroup whistleblower who unsuccessfully warned top management about the rotten condition of loans inside mortgage-backed securities. Michael Winston spoke out about similarly corrupt practices at non-bank mortgage originator Countrywide. Gary Aguirre, a Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, was fired for refusing to let a Wall Street banker out of an insider trading investigation.
The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has garnered minor criticism from politicians, but has seen major resistance from labor leaders, with unions being loud and active in raising their concerns over the impending international trade deal. RT’s Ed Schultz speaks with Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul and President of United Steelworkers International Leo Gerard to get the bigger picture on why unions are fighting.
Extending marriage to same-sex couples has generated more support for LGBT rights – not backlash.
In the last 10 years, public support for marriage for same-sex couples has increased across the United States. But the most dramatic drop in anti-gay attitudes occurred in states that legalized marriage equality from November 2012 through July 2013, when study participants were recontacted. In fact, 47% of residents who initially were opposed changed their minds.
That’s almost double the percentage seen in states where marriage equality was not legal during that period. In those states, 24% of residents who were initially opposed changed their minds.
The findings are discussed in a report co-authored by Public Opinion and Policy Analyst Andrew R. Flores and published in Political Research Quarterly. The paper received the 2015 Best Paper Award in LGBT Politics by the LGBT Caucus of the American Political Science Association.
The study answers lingering questions about whether extending marriage to same-sex couples would create backlash against the LGBT community. Instead, the policy actually increases support.
Co-hosted by the Williams Institute and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, this colloquium will explore how the phrase “coming out” has expanded, migrated, and been re-purposed by various marginalized groups, such as transgender individuals, undocumented immigrants, or the plural marriage rights movement.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Charles E. Young Research Library
It seems a sulky rump of conservatives in the Coalition cannot abide the new order under Malcolm Turnbull. Indeed, they seem determined to create disorder, or at least disharmony, as they pursue ideological goals that are fundamentally at odds with those of their leader.
In the latest episode, Liberal senator Eric Abetz has indicated he might not vote in line with the party if a mooted plebiscite, to be held sometime in the next term of Parliament, confirms that voters are in favour of changing the law to allow for same-sex marriages. His colleague, Senator Cory Bernardi, has declared that, irrespective of what voters say, he will not support same-sex marriage because “it goes against what I believe in”.
It is fair to note that this outbreak of views comes just days after the standard-bearer of the conservative faction, Tony Abbott, confirmed he would continue in politics and contest his seat of Warringah at the election. Coincidentally, Mr Abbott is presenting a speech in New York this week before the US-based anti-abortion lobby group, Alliance Defending Freedom, which is a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage.
ATLANTA (AP) — Months after the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers across the U.S. are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of their religious beliefs.
The American Civil Liberties Union opposes such bills and says variations have been proposed in 22 states — mostly by Republicans, though they aren’t universally backed in the GOP. Top employers, including Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, Porsche and UPS in Georgia, warn the proposals are unwelcoming and bad for business.
Even so, Georgia lawmakers have pressed on with a bill to allow business owners to refuse products or services for same-sex couples planning a wedding, and another that protects state employees who have religious objections to the marriages.
The initiative was launched with the support of American Express, AT&T, Brunswick, EY, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Linklaters, MasterCard, McKinsey & Company, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered, Thomson Reuters and Virgin Group.
The almost 10% decline in U.S. stocks so far this year—clocking in at the second-worst start to the year since 1929—has amped up concern among some investors about the R word: recession.
As Goldman Sachs highlighted in a research note Thursday, large selloffs do not necessarily signal recessions, technically defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth as measured by GDP. Goldman cited the 19% decline in the S&P 500 between July and October of 2011 — which did not coincide with or precede a recession — as an example.
Nonetheless, commentary surrounding a coming recession has increased. This is despite steady, albeit slow, GDP growth since the recovery began in mid-2009. Bloomberg median consensus estimates for 2016 stand at 2.4%.
Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | January 20, 2016.
Tuxedo Park, NY- A federal judge in Minnesota has approved the settlement (click here)of a transgender employment discrimination lawsuit against Deluxe Financial Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest check-printing companies, headquartered in Shoreview, MN. The suit was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and Jillian Weiss and Ezra Young of the Law Office of Jillian T. Weiss, P.C., on behalf of Britney Austin, who alleged harassment and discrimination in her position as a call center employee at the Phoenix, Arizona office of Deluxe Corp. (That office has since closed.)
Ms. Austin alleges that in 2011 after she notified her employer of her upcoming gender transition, she was subjected to ongoing offensive slurs by managers and coworkers. The company also allegedly prohibited her from using restrooms consistent with her gender identity. In addition Deluxe Corp. failed to change her name and sex on company records on grounds that including sex reassignment surgery was required in order to make this record change; but the company denied her coverage of any medically necessary transgender health care, and denied her severance pay and COBRA benefits when Deluxe closed its Phoenix office and laid off its employees working at that location.
In its complaint the EEOC alleged that Deluxe Corp. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting Ms. Austin to “a hostile work environment and disparate treatment because of her sex, including because Ms. Austin is a woman who is transgender…” Ms. Austin filed her own complaint adding that Deluxe’s health plan was discriminatory because it excluded all medically necessary care for gender dysphoria and also argued that she received “disparate treatment… unlawful medical inquiries, and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the lead opinion in a case that sought to curtail class action lawsuits against corporations.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued the first decision in a series of class action cases this term that are widely viewed as attempts by business interests to shut the courthouse door to consumers and everyday plaintiffs.
In a 6-to-3 opinion in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, a case testing the limits on federal courts considering class-action disputes, the justices ruled that businesses can’t just “moot” a case by simply offering to settle it with the person who first brought it — let alone if the person rejected the offer.
Relying on contractual principles, Ginsburg said such offers have “no force.”
“Like other unaccepted contract offers, it creates no lasting right or obligation,” Ginsburg said. “With the offer off the table, and the defendant’s continuing denial of liability, adversity between the parties persists.”