Friday, July 18, 2008

BREVITAS

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. has announced that the House Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on the Imperial Presidency of George W. Bush and possible legal responses. "Over the last seven plus years, there have been numerous credible allegations of serious misconduct by officials in the Bush Administration," said Conyers. "At the same time, the administration has adopted what many would describe as a radical view of its own powers and authorities. As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I believe it is imperative that we pursue a comprehensive review commensurate to this constitutionally dangerous combination of circumstances." The Committee is expected to examine a range of legal and legislative responses to allegations of administration misconduct and their expansion of executive branch power.

Shreveport Times The nearly yearlong battle between Shreveport Symphony Orchestra musicians and management has come to an end with all musicians on board for the 2008-09 season. . . . The new contract switches core or full-time musicians to a per-service pay structure, resulting in a 75 percent salary cut, from $12,693 to $3,123 for the 2008-09 season and the elimination of 24 full-time core positions as of Sept. 1. The board has insisted that such drastic changes were necessary to overcome years of financial instability that stem as far back as 2001, when the symphony accumulated a loss of more than $700,000.

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