News broke this morning that President Obama will announce during his State of the Union address tonight that he’s going to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage in new federal contracts.
President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is “ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone ‘metadata’ ” that the National Security Agency collects, officials are telling Reuters and NPR.
Newly revealed videos show that some emergency personnel did know there was a victim lying on the ground near the burning wreckage of an Asiana Airlines passenger jet last July in San Francisco and that they warned other first responders at the scene.
The news from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ interviews with NPR and other news outlets — notably, how he uses a new book to criticize many in the White House — has now been widely reported.
Saying he is “embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some people on my team,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday apologized to the people of New Jersey for his aides’ role in a scheme to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a book due out later this month, describes President Obama as “a man of personal integrity” who nonetheless was skeptical of his administration’s “surge” strategy in Afghanistan and openly distrustful of the military leadership, The Washington Post and The New York Times report Tuesday.
The Senate has voted to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve. With Monday’s vote, Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America’s banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.
As a steady snow blanketed Newtown, Saturday morning, the bells at St. Rose of Lima church tolled 26 times.
Unless Congress acts very quickly, some 1.3 million workers will lose their extended jobless benefits on Dec. 28.
President Obama says the U.S. government “must lead by example” when it comes to safeguarding the environment, so he’s ordering federal agencies to use more clean energy.