Archive for September 1st, 2006
On September 5, 1882, some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America’s first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall to Union Square, the workers and their families gathered in Reservoir Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches.
This first Labor Day celebration was initiated by Peter J. McGuire, a carpenter and labor union leader who a year earlier cofounded the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, a precursor of the American Federation of Labor.
McGuire had proposed his idea for a holiday honoring American workers at a labor meeting in early 1882. New York’s Central Labor Union quickly approved his proposal and began planning events for the second Tuesday in September. McGuire had suggested a September date in order to provide a break during the long stretch between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. While the first Labor Day was held on a Tuesday, the holiday was soon moved to the first Monday in September, the date we continue to honor.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has overtaken US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the world’s most powerful woman, says Forbes magazine.
Power changed hands after a two-year reign by Ms Rice, who came second in this year’s top 100 list.
UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett put Britain at 29 but the UK PM’s wife, Cherie Blair, slid out of the list altogether from 62nd place.
The index is based on visibility in the media as well as economic impact.
Mrs Merkel did not have any ranking in the Forbes top 100 index in 2005.
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The Republican advisor to a political action committee founded by veterans is blasting the Bush Administration for using “fascist” language in some recent speeches and interviews, and for its “unwillingness to devise a victory plan” to end the war in Iraq.
“I am a proud Republican, who ran for my party’s nomination for Congress in Indiana, because I believe in traditional values,” said Sam Schultz, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Indiana Army National Guard and acts as the Republican Senior Advisor to VoteVets.org.
Richard Armitage, the former deputy Secretary of State, may be syndicated columnist Robert Novak’s primary source who told him on July 8, 2003, that Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, worked for the CIA. But that doesn’t change the fact that Karl Rove told former Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper the same thing three days later – and then subsequently failed to tell federal investigators about it for a year.
Cooper summed up Rove’s role in the leak succinctly in a first-person account he wrote for Time magazine last year following his grand jury testimony.
“Was it through my conversation with Rove that I learned for the first time that Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA and may have been responsible for sending him? Yes,” wrote Cooper, who at the time of the leak was Time magazine’s Washington correspondent. “Did Rove say that she worked at the ‘agency’ on ‘WMD?’ Yes”