Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-N.Y.) continues to come under fire for his failures during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Giuliani again was challenged over the faulty radios used by firefighters and other first responders during the attacks. Even though the flawed radio system first malfunctioned in 1993, Giuliani claimed it would have been “impossible” to upgrade the radios during those eight years.
In fact, during that time, Giuliani, according to an investigation by Brave New Films, allegedly gave Motorola a no-bid contract to provide new radios that also turned out to be faulty. According to Alternet:
…the firefighters on 9/11 were forced to use old equipment that had malfunctioned eight years earlier, during the 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Tonight marks the first votes of the 2008 presidential election, and the crucial first votes will be cast in Iowa.
Iowans will have the first say in the presidential nomination through their traditional caucus system. Here’s how it works.
A caucus meeting will be held in every one of Iowa’s 1,784 precincts. Eligible voters—any Iowan who will be 18 by Nov. 4, 2008—can show up to participate in the caucus. (When Iowans sign up at a party’s caucus, they also register in that party.) Voters need to show up between 6:30 and 7 p.m.—the doors are closed at 7 p.m. Supporters of each candidate gather together in the meeting place. (The Iowa secretary of state has useful links if you’re an Iowan looking for your precinct caucus location.)
Starting tomorrow night, you can tune in to the outdoor show “Escape to the Wild” and see union members from around the country fulfill their dream outdoor hunting or fishing adventures. The first show of the new season chronicles the elk hunt of a lifetime for an Iowa Letter Carriers (NALC) union member.
“Escape to the Wild” airs every Friday at 7 p.m. EST on the VERSUS network and repeats each Sunday at 10 a.m. The show is made possible through the support of the unions in the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA).
The USA, launched last July, is a joint venture between 21 unions and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). One of the main goals of the two groups is working together to support the TRCP’s long-standing dedication to guaranteeing access for hunters and anglers, conserving fish and wildlife habitat and increasing funding for conservation.
Minimum wage workers in 14 states will see a boost in pay starting with their first checks in 2008. The new rates took effect Jan. 1.
Workers in five states will see their hourly rates jump between 50 cents and $1.35 an hour as part of recently passed state legislation or ballot initiatives that pushed state wage floors above the federal minimum wage. Workers in nine other states with their minimum wage rates tied to the cost of living will earn an extra 10 cents to 18 cents an hour.
Thirty-one states plus the District of Columbia have set higher minimum wage standards than called for under the federal minimum wage law. Most of those states have boosted their minimum wage levels while the federal wage was stuck at $5.15 an hour for 10 years.