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The Cabinet

The Cabinet is at the heart of executive decisions in British politics. In January 2005, the government's Cabinet is as follows: Prime Minister = Tony Blair Deputy Prime Minister = John Prescott Chancellor of the Exchequer = Gordon Brown Home Secretary = Charles Clarke Foreign Minister = Jack Straw Leader of the House = Peter Hain Chief Whip = Hilary Armstrong + Defence Minister = Geoff Hoon Health Minister = Dr John Reid Education Minister = Ruth Kelly Environment Minister = Margaret Beckett Transport Minister = Alaistair Darling Works and Pensions Minister = Andrew Smith Trade and Industry Minister = Patricia Hewitt Culture and Sport = Tessa Jowell Chief Secretary to the Treasury = Paul Boateng Minister without Portfolio = Ian Macartney * Duchy of Lancaster = Alan Milburn Northern Ireland Minister = Paul Murphy International Development Minister = Hilary Benn Leader of the House of Lords = Baroness Amos Constitutional Affairs = Lord Falconer *+ * = also party chairman + = not in charge of a department and not strictly a cabinet member but the chief whip is in on cabinet meetings so that the cabinet can get an idea of how backbench MP's feel about policies etc.
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Taft-Hartley Act of 1947

The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, sponsored by U.S. Senator Robert A. Taft and Representative Fred A. Hartley, was designed to amend much of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (the Wagner Act) and discontinued parts of the Federal Anti-Injunction Act of 1932.The Taft-Hartley Act was the first major revision to the Wagner Act, and after much resistance from labor leaders and a veto from President Harry S.
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