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New York City just became the largest city in America to pass mandatory paid sick leave for employees. That means that every employer in the City has to compensate their employees when they’re home sick – whether they can afford to or not.
It sounds like a nice idea. It’s not. And as states and municipalities around the country consider similar legislation, it’s worth taking a critical look at the policy.
For Andrew Cuomo, the 2013 legislative session can best be summed up in four words: all politics, no substance.
The pressing issues of jobs, economic growth and Albany's Culture of Corruption went totally unaddressed.
On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 11-345. The case involved Abigail Noel Fisher, who sued the University of Texas after her college application was rejected. She claimed her application was rejected because she is white and that she was being treated differently than some less-qualified minority students who were accepted.
On the website for the University of Texas at Austin, the Office of Admissions lists its mission:
The American Political Science Association (APSA) recently hired lobbyists to advocate in favor of lifting restrictions on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) funding of political science research. This is just one of the many tactics the organization has taken in response to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 which was signed into law in March and included an amendment limiting funding for political research.
Every LEGO block tells a story, so give yourself more than enough time to study the Masters on display in The Art of the Brick exhibition at Discovery Times Square Museum. New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya clearly put his heart into this meticulously crafted collection of LEGO sculptures, transforming a common toy into something beyond belief. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5, 2014.
On the six-month anniversary of the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the United States Congress has still failed to pass any gun safety legislation.
Most Americans have a healthy sense of skepticism about data collection and surveillance, and hold varying degrees of trust in institutions to responsibly use their personal information.
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) will likely be remembered for the work he did on a wide range of policy issues from transportation and public health to affordable housing, the environment, and refugees. What is sometimes not recognized is that as a long-standing member of the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Sen. Lautenberg also fought to retain the National Science Foundations (NSF’s) support for all the sciences.
If you’re familiar with the classic tale, Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell, late breaking news stories of the past few days might have you asking, “What is the National Security Agency and why is the NSA collecting data about my telephone activity”? Self-centered egomaniacs might ask, “Who is Big Brother and what can he do for me”? Let’s answer some of these questions.
As is the case each late June/early July, we wait for the Supreme Court of the United States to issue decisions, before starting a well-deserved recess and ending another term. This year is no different. Whether young, old, or in between, we hurry up and wait for the Court to reconcile the law on matters that will impact the lives of many. Within the next few weeks, or perhaps days, rulings on cases related to marriage equality (Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor), voting rights (Shelby County v. Holder), and affirmative action (Fisher v.