Coakley announces she will run for Senate in special election
Martha Coakley, Massachusetts Attorney General announced that she will run for the seat left open by the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Some questioned Coakley about her decision to declare her run before Senator Kennedy’s nephew announced whether or not he intended to run.
Biden thinks econ. stimulus plan has proven successful
Vice President Joe Biden is claiming that the economic stimulus plan enacted by President Barack Obama has been successful. His claim overlooks some of the pitfalls of the plan. Currently, there are ongoing investigations into how the government determined which projects were targeted in the stimulus plan.
Gates supports continuing in Afghanistan; public support for war continues to wane
Public opinion polls show that more and more Americans are withdrawing their support of continuing in Afghanistan. Plans to increase troops in Afghanistan to fight in the conflict have resulted in waning public confidence in America’s position in the war. Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes that America needs to be in Afghanistan at this time and believes that America can come out of the war successfully.
US Airbuses required to replace airspeed sensors
The FAA has required that airlines using Airbuses A330 and A340 replace 2 airspeed sensors on each airbus. The Air France Flight 447 tragedy has prompted the FAA to take notice of United States Airbus planes. In June, 228 people were killed when an Air France Airbus crashed due to faulty airspeed sensors.
Car dealers to receive $500 million repayment
Car dealers are set to receive $500 million in repayments for the Cash for Clunkers program in September.
Labor Dept. wants new rules for seasonal farm jobs
The United States Labor Department would like to implement new regulations that would limit foreign farm workers access to seasonal jobs. The new regulations would require that seasonal farm jobs be offered to Americans first. Under his administration, former President Bush’s rules granted foreign seasonal workers easier access to farm jobs. New rules would essentially undo Bush’s regulations.
Obama to address students in Sept 8 speech
Some conservatives oppose President Barack Obama’s plan to directly address students in a September 8 speech on education and staying in school. Conservatives claim that the President’s address is an attempt to “brainwash American children” and that it does not allow for a “healthy debate on the President’s agenda”
Punke is Obama’s choice for U.S. ambassador to WTO
President Barack Obama intends to select Michael Punke, an experienced trade diplomat, for the role of ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Senate will have to approve the President’s selection.
Mass. AG announces candidacy for Kennedy seat
FACT CHECK: Biden ignores problems with stimulus
Gates says it’s not time to leave Afghanistan
FAA orders replacement of Airbus airspeed sensors
US has paid dealers $500M for ‘Clunkers’
US seeks tighter rules on foreign farm workers
Obama goes back to school
Obama picks Punke to be U.S. ambassador to WTO