There also were pivotal Supreme Court rulings, including one in 1986 declaring that a “hostile working environment” could constitute sexual harassment, whether or not an aggrieved employee suffered economic harm by being fired or denied promotion. In 1993, the high court said employees could prevail in harassment cases without having to prove they suffered psychological damage. In 1998, a pair of Supreme Court rulings prompted many employers to adopt anti harassment policies and formalize mechanisms for employees to lodge confidential complaints..

IndustryTracking the players in the ever growing energy and environmental world. The plan willtake $2 billion in surplus state money (from the Rainy Day Fund) to start a low interest loan program for water projects in Texas. The measure had widespread support from both sides of the aisle as well as business and environmental groups.

UPDATE, 4:09 PM: The National Enquirer responds to Uchitel’s interview, and challenges Woods’ alleged mistress on multiple points. While Uchitel says she offered to take a lie detector test, the Enquirer says they offered to administer one but that Uchitel refused. The Enquirer also points out that Uchitel has changed her reason why she was in Australia at the same time as Woods.

A: It’s interesting to look at how consumers shop during a recession. Certainly they don’t stop spending money. They just spend money a little bit differently. Now, that’s true on average. But of course, it’s only true on average. There are going to be some people, by definition, whose outcomes fall below average.

Democrats have fluctuated only a bit in that period. In the months after Bush’s reelection, according to Gallup’s data, 33 percent of Americans called themselves Democrats. The Democratic Party’s high point (at 36 percent) came in the first half of 2008, the period when the country was focused so intensely on the nomination battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

It doesn’t ensure competency. It doesn’t ensure that a crime lab is operating within the parameters of sound science. In the end, an accreditation is only as valuable as the rigor, reputation and thoroughness of the accrediting organization. No fancy coffee gadgets for them this Christmas, or even a belated replacement with a drip machine. If I can manage it, though, I will fill their MJB canister with my favorite Ethiopian roast. Already ground, of course..

Government works on what, who knows whom, what the nature of the relationships were. Government never publicly named the Chinese as the aggressor here. And James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, who I spoke to extensively for the book and has written his own really interesting book in recent times, basically argued this is just plain old espionage.