CNBC Misses Penny Pritzker-NSA Scoop at Davos

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 8:59 am

CNBC has been hanging out all week with all the cool kids at Davos. I happened to see bits and pieces of their coverage, and found like much like watching the E! network reporting on the Golden Globes, albeit without Joan Rivers. Even the CNBC folks cop to this comparison, given the headline to their roundup of links to a bunch of their interviews.

But if a scoop falls in your lap and no one notices, does it make a sound?


Penny Pritzker’s Financial Disclosure Off $80 Million

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 7:47 am

President Obama’s nomination of Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary was already problematic. Pritkzer is the epitome of the 1% – obscenely rich off of inherited wealth, hostile to workers, and someone who has advanced in politics by giving people money. She was a major campaign contributor and fundraiser for Obama which clearly played a role in her being nominated for Commerce Secretary and would have likely lead to her having been nominated sooner for a post if not for her involvement in a protracted labor dispute.

Politics and Slow Vetting Process Keep Government Understaffed

By: Friday May 3, 2013 6:50 am

The partisan gridlock in Washington combined with a slow moving vetting process has led to many of the key posts in the Obama Administration remaining vacant. Even as the administration asks for more power to police the internet and meddle in other country’s affairs abroad it lacks the staff to meet current responsibilities.

Obama Nominates Major Campaign Contributor Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 8:59 am

Has the mask finally come off the Obama presidency? After a campaign in 2008 that won him Marketer of the Year in which Obama hurled progressive rhetoric while having Goldman Sachs as his biggest campaign contributor and then having a presidency marked by antagonism to progressive reforms, it seems Obama is finally dropping the hope and change act and giving away government offices to his financial benefactors.

Campaign Opposing Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary Heats Up

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 5:26 pm

Billionaire Penny Pritzker, of the plutocratic Pritzker family, has been floated by the Obama Administration as a candidate for Commerce Secretary.

AFT President Randi Weingarten Slams Rahm Emanuel Over Chicago Teacher’s Strike

By: Friday September 14, 2012 9:00 am

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, smacked Rahm Emanuel around last night on Bloomberg TV for his perceived mishandling of the Chicago teacher’s strike.

Tell the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago Board of Directors: Time to give Rahm Emanual the boot. Remove him as Honorary Chair.

#Stratfor Source “Mrs. P” Who Called Obama a “Wimp” – His 2012 Campaign Co-Chair Penny Pritzker?

By: Friday March 2, 2012 5:12 pm

My antenna suddenly shot up when I got to the bottom of yet another otherwise innocuous, gossip-filled Stratfor email and saw Stratfor VP Fred Burton claiming that a billionaire Obama fundraiser had accused the President of “weakness and wispiness” in 2009, and that they would probably sit out the 2012 election.

Showing Once Again That Denial Ain’t Just a River

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 7:10 pm

The Initial Unemployment Claims report for last week is out and guess what? The Economists are surprised. And water is wet and the sky is blue.

Mopping Up Corporate Greed

By: Thursday October 1, 2009 1:40 pm

Photo credit: UNITE HERE

Hotel housekeepers around the country have had enough. Yesterday, more than 350 housekeepers and their supporters launched a seven-city nationwide “Hope for Housekeepers” tour.

They kicked it off in Long Beach, Calif., carrying a seven-foot by 60-foot “Hope Quilt” on a mile-long pilgrimage from the Hilton Long Beach to the Hyatt Regency Long Beach to symbolize their struggle for decent working conditions.

“Hope for Housekeepers” is a national movement of women, founded by Hyatt housekeepers across the country, to stop the abuse of women in the hotel industry and bring a message of hope to Hyatt housekeepers and women working as housekeepers across the globe. The tour will travel to San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Antonio, Boston, Indianapolis and Chicago.

As Jane has pointed out, Penny Pritzker, of the massively wealthy Pritzker family who chairs four major corporations, including Hyatt, is a vocal opponent of workers’ freedom to form unions, strongly opposing the Employee Free Choice Act.

Earlier this year, Pritzker joined with other billionaires to fight the Employee Free Choice Act. She told President Obama she is opposed to majority verification (card-check), which would give workers another choice—a labor board election is the other option—when deciding whether to join a union.

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