House Passes Bill to Block Mandatory GMO Labeling

Jul 24, 2015, 3:15 pm EDT

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to stop mandatory GMO labeling on food.

This new bill would make it so that states couldn’t require food manufacturers to include GMO labeling on their products. Supporters of the bill claim that GMO labeling would increase food costs. They also claim that it would make foods with GMOs seem unsafe, despite the Food and Drug Administration saying they aren’t, reports NPR.

However, opponents of the bill argued that customers have the right to know if their food has GMOs in it. They compared the GMO labeling to calorie counts and ingredient lists that already appear on food packaging, NPR notes. Read 

Social Security Disability Benefits to Run Dry in 2016

Jul 22, 2015, 4:44 pm EDT

The Social Security disability benefits could run dry in 2016.

A report issued by the trustees that oversee the disability trust fund said it could run out of money in late 2016. This would occur in the middle of the next presidential campaign.

There are currently 11 million people who receive Social Security disability benefits with an average monthly benefit of $1,017. The move would mean an automatic 19% cut in benefits. Read 

Trustees: Medicare to Run Out of Money by 2030

Jul 22, 2015, 4:25 pm EDT

Trustees have issued a report that claims Medicare will run out of money soon. Source: ©iStock.com/graffoto8

Its program’s trust fund for hospital care will run out of money in 2030. Medicare is a federal program that helps pay for elderly Americans’ hospital bills.

2030 matches the previous estimate for when Medicare will run out of money but the program appears to be better positioned to deal with such a loss over the longer term. Read 

Presidential Candidates 2016: 5 things to Know About John Kasich

Jul 21, 2015, 3:00 pm EDT

Ohio Governor John Kasich has announced that he is joining the presidential candidates 2016 list.

John Kasich announced that he was joining the presidential candidates 2016 list on Tuesday at Ohio State University. He said that he wants to unite American and that he believes in hard work. Kasich needs to be one of the top 10 Republican candidates if he wants to participate in the first GOP debates that will start next month, reports CNN.

Here are a few things to know about John Kasich, as collected from CNN. Read 

New EEOC Ruling on Sexual Orientation Discrimination: What It Means

Jul 20, 2015, 3:10 pm EDT

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that sexual orientation discrimination counts as sex discrimination.

The EEOC’s new ruling means that cases of sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace are now treated the same as sex discrimination under Title VII. This means that LGBT employees now have protection comparable to other employees, reports Nashville Business Journal.

While this ruling could lead to better protection for LGBT employees, that won’t always be the case. That’s because the EEOC’s ruling may not be applied in all courts when it comes to private-sector cases. Instead, it will be up to each court to uphold the sexual orientation discrimination ruling, which is why LGBT members want a federal legislation to provide protection, Nashville Business Journal notes. Read 

Huffington Post: We Won’t Cover Donald Trump Campaign in ‘Politics’

Jul 17, 2015, 5:06 pm EDT

Huffington Post announced that it will not take Donald Trump’s campaign as a serious political topic.

The publication issued a note regarding the billionaire hotel tycoon’s bid for presidency, noting it was not newsworthy in its ‘politics’ section. Huffington Post added that Trump’s campaign will be included in its Entertainment section.

“Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow,” the publication wrote. “We won’t take the bait.” Read 

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