10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
AP Wire
Jan 28, 2014

1. WHAT OBAMA'S PLANNING FOR STATE OF UNION SPEECH

Avoiding lofty goals, he'll instead announce smaller, achievable proposals — such as job-training initiatives — during the prime-time address.

2. STOCKS SLIP WORLDWIDE AMID GLOBAL JITTERS

The market turbulence follows a report that China's economy is slowing.

3. WHO WANTS TO PREVENT SPYING ON ITS SPIES

The AP learns that the U.S. government is funding research aimed at coming up with a way to encrypt searches of electronic records.

4. UKRAINE LEADER BACKS OFF ANTI-PROTEST LAWS

President Yanukovych has been under increasing pressure since the tough rules were passed, amid demonstrations calling for closer ties between Ukraine and the EU.

5. EGYPT'S ARMY CHIEF WEIGHS CANDIDACY

A presidential run by el-Sissi would be a new twist in the tumult that began with the 2011 revolt against ex-President Mubarak.

6. GOP TRAINING CANDIDATES TO AVOID FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASE

Republican leaders are summoning political hopefuls — especially those who are inexperienced — to learn what not to say and how not to say it.

7. 'UNFORTUNATELY, SOME OF MY STRUGGLES HAD SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES'

Freshman U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican, resigns three months after pleading guilty to cocaine-possession charges.

8. MARINES SAY THEY'LL TRY SERGEANT YET AGAIN

Lawrence Hutchins III led a squad accused of kidnapping a retired Iraqi policeman in 2006 and shooting him to death. His conviction has already been overturned twice by military courts.

9. WHY MANY IN FRANCE ARE BEAMING

Grammy wins for French electronic music pioneers Daft Punk are a rare bit of good news amid bleak reports on unemployment (stuck around 11 percent) and the president's personal life (complicated).

10. GETTING SET FOR THE 'STONER BOWL'

Weed-themed Super Bowl parties are in vogue since the Broncos and Seahawks hail from the two states that have legalized marijuana.

 

Comments

Lanivan

11. Although not as interesting as weed-themed parties, some might be interested in how Michigan passed the Right-To-Work law during the lame duck session in the final days of the congressional year, before the new legislature convened; and because of this timing, no public discussion or debate was allowed; and signed by Gov Snyder after repeatedly saying passage of the RTW law was "not on his agenda". And, most interestingly, the law was passed even though labor union membership and influence has waned considerably in the past few decades, and Michigan union membership has declined by 5.6 percentage points - more than any other state in the union.

The link explains how and why a billionaire, whose family has been listed in the Forbes top wealthiest and whose business has been listed in the Forbes top wealthiest for many years, whose family has a history and a legacy of generous philanthropic and charitable contributions to West Michigan, was still not satisfied, and was determined to move aggressively, despite spending $35 million of his own money in 2006 for his failed governor bid, in which he lost to Jennifer Granholm by double digits.

It explains how vast corporate/corporatist power, influence, and money purchased Republicans, and describes how compliant Republicans were guaranteed protection and disobedient ones were punished. It highlights how a battle is brewing in Michigan, and it's not the one you think. It's about Corporate Power and Big Money now controlling Michigan, not the unions - which are essentially organizations made up of workers, or Michigan voters.

Regardless of your opinions about unions, Michigan voters should think very carefully about this projectory of Michigan politics. As Edmund Burke, the father of Conservatism said, "Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny".

Meet the New Kochs: The DeVos Clan's Plan to Defund the Left.

"Michigan big labor literally controls one of the major political parties," Dick DeVos said last January. "I'm not suggesting they have influence; I'm saying they hold total dominance, command, and control."

http://www.motherjones.com/polit...

Former Grandhavenite

Lol, if "big labor" (is there even such a thing?) controls the Michigan Democratic party, why have the D's essentially done nothing to fight for the interests of working people lately? They haven't been as aggressively hostile toward people who work for a living as the R's, but both parties have been more or less united in transferring as much wealth as possible to the top 1% ever since the 1% wised up enough to not put all their eggs in one basket and started bribing both parties. To see how much we as a society value work, all you have to do is consider that investment income is taxed at a far lower rate than money that someone's actually earned through blood, sweat, and tears. If that doesn't prove that the ruling .001% of the capitalist class runs the show, I don't know what does. It's enough to make me want to attend a weed-themed party of my own!

As far as Dick DeVos, he's essentially Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Just as evil, although probably richer. He also lost his bid for governor, just like Burns. I'd expect him to begin construction on a giant sun-blocking machine any day now.

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