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Labor Relations, Alito's Silent Protest and a New Editor Takes Charge

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Labor Relations, Alito's Silent Protest and a New Editor Takes Charge

President Obama nominates union attorney Craig Becker to a seat on the National Labor Relations Board.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito makes headlines for allegedly mouthing “not true” during President Obama’s State of the Union address.

The Washington Times names Sam Dealey as its next editor-in-chief.

Listen to LibertyWeek, the CEI podcast, here.

1. BUSINESS

President Obama nominates union attorney Craig Becker to a seat on the National Labor Relations Board.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Editorial Director Ivan Osorio on Becker’s ideological reputation:

“[Becker] could make drastic changes in labor law to favor unionization, were he confirmed and appointed to the Board. Critics of Becker - mostly conservative and libertarian - have made this argument. Senate Republicans oppose his nomination. But don’t take from us. Now two pro-union lawyers, writing in The Nation, acknowledge the far-reaching nature of the changes Becker could make.” 

 

2. LEGAL

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito makes headlines for allegedly mouthing “not true” during President Obama’s State of the Union address.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Attorney Hans Bader on what Alito may have been thinking:

“Maybe Justice Alito’s annoyance was cumulative, and based as much on the president’s past lies about an earlier Supreme Court ruling authored by Alito, as on his misleading criticism of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling. Past lies make later falsehoods seem less like innocent mistakes. In his 2008 campaign, and again in 2009, Obama criticized Justice Alito’s decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear, which did not, contrary to the president’s claims, create a rigid 180 day deadline for bringing pay discrimination claims after an employee’s pay is set, regardless of whether the worker couldn’t have discovered the discrimination until years later.”

 

3. MEDIA

The Washington Times names Sam Dealey as its next editor-in-chief.

CEI Experts Available to Comment: President Fred L. Smith, Jr. on the news of Dealey’s appointment:

“I would like to congratulate Sam Dealey in his appointment as The Washington Times‘ new editor. An innovative, hard-working journalist, Sam has never shied away from going where he needed to get a story - from Afghanistan to Sudan. Sam’s work has maintained a high standard across several major media outlets - from Time to the PBS “News Hour” to U.S. News & World Report. I expect that he will bring the same level of excellence to his new charge at the Times.”

 

Listen to LibertyWeek, the CEI podcast, here.