Brand & Martínez for August 21, 2012

Calif. Senate to vote on labor protections for domestic workers

Hundreds of domestic workers are converging on Sacramento this morning, to push for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California. The Calif. Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week, which has already been approved by the Calif. Assembly.
Facebook Debuts As Public Company With Initial Public Offering On NASDAQ Exchange

Facebook faces an uncertain future

Despite over 900 million active users, Facebook's has been struggling. On Monday, their stock price hit an all-time low, $18.75 — a 51% decline from its initial public offering earlier this year.
Pro-life demonstrators (R) confront pro-

The GOP's abortion platform

Republican party leaders want Missiouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to leave the race by the end of the day, after he said, "From what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole [pregnancy] thing down.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not spend the $5 million earmarked for Akin's campaign, and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS SuperPAC says it's pulling ads that were scheduled to start running tomorrow in Missouri.
Children Interacting With Tablet Technology

Parenting On The Edge: Managing your kid's tech relationship

The tech advances we've seen in the past few years has many people in awe, but for some parents, the smart-phone or iPad represents more of a tech question than a tech answer. Should you monitor your children's tech use, and if so, what's the best way to do it? James Steyer, author of the book, "Talking Back to Facebook," tries to answer those questions in his latest book.
2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 2

Songs of the summer

It's not quite the end of summer, but it's close enough to do a rundown of the songs of summer. We consult music critics Drew Tewksbury and Ann Powers, and weigh in with some of our own picks.
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