WASHINGTON -- The National Labor Relations Board swore in four Senate-confirmed members Monday, marking the first time that the panel has worked with a full slate of approved members in nearly a decade.
The new NLRB members are Nancy Schiffer, who was associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO; Kent Hirozawa, who was chief counsel to NLRB chairman Mark Gaston Pearce; and labor lawyers Harry Johnson and Philip Miscimarra. The fifth member is Mr. Pearce.
President Barack Obama tried to bypass the confirmation process in January 2012, appointing three members to the board while lawmakers were on break. But a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the placements were unconstitutional.
Ospreys join Obama fleet
WASHINGTON -- On President Barack Obama's vacation flight Saturday to Martha's Vineyard, new MV-22 Ospreys made their debut escorting his staff, Secret Service agents and the news media -- although not the chief executive himself -- to the island off the Massachusetts coast.
The Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft, which takes off vertically like a helicopter and then can turn its rotors in the air to fly like an airplane.
Clinton on speech circuit
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, sending her most visible signal yet that she wants her voice heard ahead of a potential 2016 presidential bid, says she plans to deliver a series of speeches this year on various U.S. policy topics.
"Confidence in most of our important institutions has fallen to historic lows, even as our need for solid footing in a rapidly changing world has never been greater," the former secretary of state, 65, said Monday in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco.
The former senator from New York said she will deliver a address in Philadelphia next month on the balance and transparency needed in national security policies. Later this year, she is planning a speech on "America's global leadership and our standing around the world."
Manning's instability bared
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Several months before he started providing highly classified data to WikiLeaks, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning erupted violently against one of his superiors in Iraq, pounding his fists, flipping a table with government computers, and trying to grab a firearm from a weapons rack until he was forcibly restrained, an Army officer testified Tuesday.
Defense lawyers say the incident is crucial to their effort to persuade a military judge not to impose the maximum 90-year sentence on Pvt. Manning, who was convicted in a court-martial of espionage and other charges for the illegal disclosures.
Tribe votes on alcohol sales
PINE RIDGE, S.D. -- Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe were voting all day Tuesday on whether to give up the fight against bootlegging by allowing alcohol to be sold on the reservation -- the last place in the state's American Indian territory where it's not allowed.
Profits would be used for education, detoxification and treatment centers, for which there is currently little to no funding.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan won their respective Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday as they seek to fill the final 15 months of the term of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The special election is set for Oct. 16.