A government shutdown at the end of the week looks all but certain now. Yesterday – a meeting between Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid failed to produce a budget deal. Due to procedural rules in Congress – a deal needed to be reached by last night to allow for a vote before Friday when the government runs out of money.
Walker handed over an $81,500 job overseeing state environmental regulations to the son of a wealthy campaign donor
Speaking of Wisconsin – a little-known provision in Scott Walker’s anti-union bill converts 37 government workers into political appointees to be handpicked by Walker himself. So what can we expect form Walker’s choices? Apparently not much…the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported yesterday that Walker handed over an $81,500 job overseeing state environmental regulations to the son of a wealthy campaign donor in what looks like a quid pro quo.&nb
In Japan – officials estimate that 7 tons of radioactive waste is flowing into the ocean every hour at the crippled Daiichi nuclear facility. The source of the leaking waste appears to be reactor 2. Attempts to clog the leak with cement have failed – and new attempts to plug the hole with a “junk-shot” of saw dust – chemicals, and shredded newspaper doesn’t appear to be working either.