American Politics

Washington Post: 4 Things to Know About President Obama’s Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

February 14, 2013

“According to a 2007 study by the CBO, an increase in the minimum wage to $7.25, like that eventually passed that year, would increase wages by $11 billion, of which $1.6 billion went to poor families.”

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Two Protesters Dressed as Robin Hood Attend Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew’s Confirmation Hearing

February 14, 2013

“The quiet demonstrators are from a group called The Robin Hood Tax, who advocate adding a new tax on Wall Street transactions.”

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Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew Survives Confirmation Hearing Relatively Unscathed

February 14, 2013

“At a hearing on his nomination, Republicans blasted Lew with questions about his investment in a fund linked to the Cayman Islands and his time at Citigroup, especially a $940,000 bonus he received just before the bank got a taxpayer-funded bailout.”

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Files Motion to Begin Confirmation Debate on Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

February 13, 2013

“Moreover, Hagel’s nomination has become ensnared in the fight by senior GOP hawks, led by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), to extract more information about the response to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.”

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Officials: Purchase Orders Reveal Iranian Purchase of Ring-Shaped Magnets for Nuclear Enrichment

February 13, 2013

“The revelation of the new orders for nuclear-sensitive parts coincides with Iran’s announcement that it plans to add thousands of more-advanced, second-generation centrifuges that would allow it to ramp up its production of enriched uranium even further, analysts said.”

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Christopher Dorner Inconsistency: Police Claim to Have Found the Fugitive’s Wallet Two Separate Times

February 13, 2013

“An official briefed on the investigation tells The Associated Press that a wallet with a California driver’s license with the name Christopher Dorner has been found in the rubble of a cabin.”

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Former LAPD Officer Writes Facebook Manifesto Sympathizing With Christopher Dorner

February 13, 2013

“Jones, 48, was a patrol officer for nine years, retired in 1998 and now has an event-planning company in LA, the LA Weekly reports.”

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U.S. Defense Department Creates New “War on Terrorism” Medal Awarded for Drone Operations

February 13, 2013

“A recognition of the evolving 21st Century warfare, the medal will be considered a bit higher in ranking than the Bronze Star, but is lower than the Silver Star, defense officials said.”

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Investigators Discovery Charred Body and Christopher Dorner’s Driver’s License in the Burned Cabin

February 13, 2013

“An official told the Associated Press that a wallet and personal items, including a California driver’s license with Dorner’s name, were found with the body in the basement of the cabin.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Promotes Infrastructure Spending and Repair

February 13, 2013

“Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Threatens Executive Action to Combat the Effects of Climate Change

February 13, 2013

“Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America.”

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State of the Union Address Rehash: President Obama Advocates for Energy Independence

February 13, 2013

“I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Advocates for the Creation of Manufacturing Jobs

February 13, 2013

“Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.”

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State of the Union Address: President Obama Praises Scientific and Medical Research

February 13, 2013

“If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy.”

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State of the Union Address — President Obama: Deficit Reduction Alone is not an Economic Plan

February 13, 2013

“A year and a half ago, I put forward an American Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than one million new jobs. I thank the last Congress for passing some of that agenda, and I urge this Congress to pass the rest.”

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