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January 29, 2014

U.S. House greenlights $956 billion for new farm bill

  • $956B in funding for the nation’s latest farm bill was approved in a bipartisan vote on Wednesday, though more than 100 Democrats and 60 Republicans voted against the measure. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate, and President Obama has already said he will sign the bill if/when approved.
  • $23B was shaved from the country’s farm and nutritional title programs, nearly six times the $4 billion that Democrats were aiming for, but that’s still astronomically lower than the $160 billion that House Republicans originally requested.
  • $8.6B was cut from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) budget by raising the program’s home heating auto-qualification rules to only cover people receiving $20 per month (or more) in heating assistance from the federal government. The program originally covered anyone receiving any amount over one dollar. source
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We The People petition garners enough signatures to earn official response on Bieber deportation

  • 110K+ people have signed a petition on We The People that asks the federal government to deport Canadian pop star Justin Bieber in the wake of his recent legal troubles. source
15:11 // 2 months ago
January 28, 2014
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Ongoing Ukrainian protests lead prime minister to step down

  • Last Week Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was more than a little dismissive of the protesters who’d spent two-plus months gathered in Kiev, saying demonstrations only continued because the government allowed them to, even as government officials met with opposition leaders to try and bring an end to the unrest.
  • Tuesday Azarov and his entire cabinet stepped down from their posts, the latest in a series of concessions meant to build goodwill between demonstrators and the government. President Viktor Yanukovich also instructed two deputies to roll back harsh anti-protest legislation that was rammed through parliament less than two weeks ago. Opposition leaders celebrated the news, but say protests will continue until the country further restricts recent expansions of presidential power. source
14:12 // 2 months ago
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 // 2 months ago
January 23, 2014

Massive photo/video collection may prove Golden Dawn to be neo-Nazi organization

  • 14k pictures of a “highly incriminating” nature were discovered on the phones and computers of two recently arrested Golden Dawn politicians and a local party branch head, including photographic evidence proving that alleged murderer Giorgos Roupakias was a member of (or affiliated with) the far-right political party. Golden Dawn has denied all affiliations with Roupakias since he told police he was a member of the organization following his arrest last year.
  • 900 videos were also discovered on the devices, some of which apparently show members of Golden Dawn receiving armed training at unspecified summer camps. The discovery is unlikely to help three members of the party who currently face charges of running a criminal organization with intent to overthrow Greece’s democratically-elected government. The party continues to deny all charges of wrong-doing, and has announced plans to sue three judicial officials who are overseeing investigations of Golden Dawn’s alleged criminal activities. source
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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
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January 22, 2014
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