The Tea Party feted its five-year anniversary last month with three U.S. senators it helped elect, two of them presidential contenders. Now Occupy Wall Street, the other populist movement to emerge from the financial crisis, can claim electoral success: a Seattle city council member.
Amado Kafando tilted his head back, smiled and pumped his fists into the west African sky. “We praised God, and said, ‘At last!’” said Kafando, 45, standing amid the mud huts where he lives with 11 children and no electricity.
Quarterback Russell Wilson and his Seattle Seahawks teammates came to the New York area and won not only the Super Bowl but, in the part that matters to companies seeking athlete endorsers, the hearts and minds of those watching on television.
President Barack Obama again pressed Congress to act on his plan for boosting hiring, telling an audience in North Carolina the legislation would help small businesses expand and help young people and veterans find jobs.
A German group frequently meets in front of nuclear plants wearing T-shirts that read “aussteiger,” or dropout. On March 12 they had planned a protest in front of Neckarwestheim 1 and 2, reactors that squat together on the Neckar River near Germany’s border with France. Germany gets more than a quarter of its power from nuclear reactors, but the group was not attempting to improve safety features or tighten regulatory control; they want Germany to drop out of nuclear power altogether.