All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Senate’

Minimum Wage Hike Shut Down by GOP

The federally-mandated Minimum Wage has been at $7.25 an hour since 2009. If Senate Democrats, and President Obama, had had their way, that amount would have gone up to $10.10. But that effort has been brought to a grinding halt by the Republicans in the Senate. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa (Dem) introduced the bill for a vote in the …

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Redskins Name: Harry Reid Wants NFL to Follow in NBA’s Footsteps, Ban Racist Name

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is making headlines for talking about racism again, but this time it has nothing to do with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Instead, Reid says that the NFL should follow in the NBA’s footsteps and ban racism–this would include the Washington Redskins name, which Reid has long deemed racist. After audio of Los Angeles Clippers owner …

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Sheryl Sandberg Denies Senate Run Rumors

Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg has refuted claims that she is planning to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. Back in March, the U.K.’s Daily Mail published an “exclusive” report claiming that Sandberg was planning on running for Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer’s (CA) seat in two years. They quoted a source in Sandberg’s “inner circle” who …

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A Big Sex Scandal Involving ‘Anti-Gay’ Republican Is Brewing, According to Some Redditor

It’s safe to say that the vast majority of the stuff people say on reddit is complete and utter bullshit. That’s because reddit exists on the internet, of which 99.9% is total bullshit. When anonymous users are given fake internet points for saying the most interesting or outrageous thing, why in the world would they stick to their boring lives? …

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Unemployment Benefits Extension Could Be Postponed

On Wednesday, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said that the proposition to continue long-term unemployment benefits “is simply unworkable” when questioned about the potential to offer benefits for the beginning five-month lapse of 2014 and stretching retroactively all the way back until December 29, 2013. Reports claim that the Senate is expected to vote on legislation to accommodate …

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Farm Bill Passes Senate; Cost is Nearly $1 Trillion

Tuesday, the United States Senate voted 68 to 32 in favor of a new five-year farm bill, following 3 years of highly contested arguments and political maneuvers attempting to sway the bill in favor of a particular political party. The bill will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill into law. The 949 page …

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Ryan Loskarn: Former Aide Dead, Suicide Likely

Ryan Loskarn, the former senate aide to Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, was found dead on Thursday. According to the Tennessean, a statement read by Colonel Phil Kasten of the Carroll County Sheriff’s office shared that, “Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a private residence in the 6900 block of Kenmar Lane for a report of an unconscious male, believed to …

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Gabrielle Giffords May Run For Office in the Future

In an interview with NBC’s Today show on Thursday, former Arizona Senator Gabrielle Giffords stated that she may consider running for office “…a little later” down the road. Leaving the potential open for a return to political office is a big step for Giffords, who is happy to simply be alive following being shot in the head during a political …

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Janet Yellen Confirmed as Next Federal Reserve Chair

Yesterday, the Senate voted 56-26 to usher in Janet Yellen as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve. Yellen’s acceptance came as no surprise, especially seeing as she was easily approved by the Senate Banking Committee in November. Yellen is the first woman to ever head the Federal Reserve and is expected to continue the country on the path it …

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Unemployment Benefits Expire For 1.3 Million

This weekend, millions of Americans are suddenly going to stop receiving their unemployment benefits. The extended federal benefits plan expires this Saturday, the 28th, forcing 1.3 million to go without a source of income. These long-term federal benefits were created by President Bush in the recession of 2008, and since then have been extended 11 more times. The most recent …

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Breaking News: Senate Ends Budget Debate

After weeks of concern that we were headed for yet another government shutdown, it seems that might not be the case at all. A bipartisan effort to bring the budget debate to a final vote suggests there’s a chance the majority of senators may approve the latest version of the proposed budget. The New York Times reports that a 67-33 …

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Porn Industry May Have to Strap on Some Goggles

Zippp! Look out! Gushhh! Watch it! Worried about being hit and infected by another human being’s bodily fluids? California porn stars need not fret, for lawmakers wish to update AB 640, a bill that will make adult performers strap on protected eyewear during the filming of their sex scenes. Like Measure B before it, AB 640 requires condoms and other …

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