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January 28, 2014
President Obama is expected to announce an executive order that would circumvent Congress to raise the minimum wage of federal employees, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. The order will reportedly be part of a larger pledge from President Obama to seek change that doesn’t require help/approval from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner says Republicans won’t take action against the pay raise, but warned that any further attempts to encroach on Congress’ turf would be met with legal action. (Photo via State of Maryland) source

President Obama is expected to announce an executive order that would circumvent Congress to raise the minimum wage of federal employees, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. The order will reportedly be part of a larger pledge from President Obama to seek change that doesn’t require help/approval from Congress, Speaker of the House John Boehner says Republicans won’t take action against the pay raise, but warned that any further attempts to encroach on Congress’ turf would be met with legal action. (Photo via State of Maryland) source

13:46 // 5 months ago
January 23, 2014
People should not think that the government lacks available resources to put an end to this. It is our constitutional right and obligation to restore order in the country.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov • Warning protesters not to push the government any further, after saying there was no chance of President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration leaving office early, when asked to comment on the deteriorating situation in his country. It’s not clear Azarov believes himself to be speaking to/for though, seeing as protesters have announced a truce amid ongoing talks between boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, other opposition leaders and government officials. source
15:39 // 6 months ago
January 22, 2014
Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that three people were killed during clashes between protesters and police forces today, including two people who died as a result of bullet wounds. They’re the first  confirmed fatalities since protests began roughly two months ago, after Ukrainian leaders shirked an opportunity to join the European Union in favor of a bailout from (and closer relations with) the Russian government. To make matters worse, another meeting between President Yanukovych and opposition leaders yielded zero results on Wednesday, leading opposition leaders to say they’d “go on the attack” if progress wasn’t made soon. (Photo courtesy of VK.com, via Gawker)

Ukrainian authorities have confirmed that three people were killed during clashes between protesters and police forces today, including two people who died as a result of bullet wounds. They’re the first  confirmed fatalities since protests began roughly two months ago, after Ukrainian leaders shirked an opportunity to join the European Union in favor of a bailout from (and closer relations with) the Russian government. To make matters worse, another meeting between President Yanukovych and opposition leaders yielded zero results on Wednesday, leading opposition leaders to say they’d “go on the attack” if progress wasn’t made soon. (Photo courtesy of VK.com, via Gawker)

17:18 // 6 months ago
January 21, 2014
18:27 // 6 months ago

Politico: Why The Washington Post passed on Ezra Klein 

Politico has collected a few behind-the-scenes details on Ezra Klein’s surprise departure from The Washington Post, and what the well-known columnist has planned for his (and a few dozen others’) immediate future.

15:17 // 6 months ago
January 16, 2014
16:15 // 6 months ago
15:45 // 6 months ago
The time for a decision on Keystone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t continue in this state of limbo.
John Baird, Canadian Foreign Minister • Demanding an answer from the United States, on whether or not the country will approve construction of TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, during a speech in Washington D.C. on Thursday morning. Approval of the pipeline has been delayed several times, and lawmakers aren’t currently expected to reexamine the issue until later this year. source
15:14 // 6 months ago
January 15, 2014

Bridge scandal hasn’t soured Gov. Chris Christie’s public image in New Jersey

  • 50% of registered New Jersey voters contacted for a new Quinnipiac University poll believe Governor Chris Christie’s claims, that he did not know about or have a role in a traffic scandal currently rocking his administration, but acknowledge it will likely have an effect on any presidential ambitions he may have had.
  • 40% said they now see Gov. Christie as a bully, though the New Jersey governor also found largely favorable responses among those polled, with 54 percent saying they saw Christie as more of a leader than a bully. source
15:14 // 6 months ago
January 14, 2014

Trillion dollar budget deal would keep the government open through September 30

  • $1.1T will be needed to fund the government through the end of September, according to a new bipartisan budget deal being championed by Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and Democratic Senate Appropriations Chairman Barbara Mikulski. The bill should help legislators avoid a repeat of the 16-day government shutdown that took place last year, and will be introduced on the House floor on Wednesday. source
17:18 // 6 months ago