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Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

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.

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold ‘Metadata’

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.

Videos Show Asiana Victim Was Run Over Despite Warnings

Videos Show Asiana Victim Was Run Over Despite Warnings

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.

Gates Says He Wept Each Evening Over Troops’ Deaths

Gates Says He Wept Each Evening Over Troops’ Deaths

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.

An ‘Embarrassed And Humiliated’ Gov. Christie Apologizes

An ‘Embarrassed And Humiliated’ Gov. Christie Apologizes

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.

Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

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.

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

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.

A Year After Shooting, Bells Toll In Newtown

A Year After Shooting, Bells Toll In Newtown

As a steady snow blanketed Newtown, Saturday morning, the bells at St. Rose of Lima church tolled 26 times.

Extended Unemployment Benefits On Track To Expire Dec. 28

Extended Unemployment Benefits On Track To Expire Dec. 28

Unless Congress acts very quickly, some 1.3 million workers will lose their extended jobless benefits on Dec. 28.

Obama Tells Government To Ramp Up Its Renewable Energy Use

Obama Tells Government To Ramp Up Its Renewable Energy Use

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.