May 27, 2015, 2:35 pm EDT
Rick Santorum has added his name to the list of 2016 presidential candidates.
The former US Senator is seeking the Republican bid once again after making a run for it in 2012. Here are 10 things to know about Rick Santorum:
The 57-year-old was born in Winchester, Virginia to Aldo and Catherine Santorum.
He attended Pennsylvania State University as an undergrad, earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science there.
Santorum got his Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
His formal education ended in 1986, when he received a a law degree from Dickinson.
He started his career in politics in the 1970s, volunteering for Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz.
Santorum joined the US House of Representatives in 1990.
He was Senator of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007.
He published a book in 2012 about the unknown heroes of the American Revolution titled American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom.
Santorum also sought the Republican bid for presidency in 2012 but lost out to Mitt Romney.
He is CEO of EchoLight Studios, a production company that makes faith-based films.
The growing list of 2016 presidential candidates includes Rick Perry, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Carly Florina, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. Read
May 27, 2015, 1:21 pm EDT
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has suffered from a hack that resulted in the ID theft of 100,000 taxpayers.
The ID theft hack reported by the IRS occurred between February and May. The organization was tipped off tot he hack by the number of taxpayer transcript requests that were made during this time. 200,000 attempts were made, but only 100,000 succeeded, reports The New York Daily News.
The IRS believes that the ID theft hack wasn’t an act by a random hacker. Instead, it claims that it was done by a criminal organization. The government agency will report stolen information to those that were affected and it believes that less then $50 million in fraudulent refunds was claimed by the hackers, The New York Daily News notes. Read
May 26, 2015, 3:23 pm EDT
Hillary Clinton has launched an online shop that includes a variety of clothing items and accessories.
Among the presidential candidate’s most notable products is a ‘Pantsuit’ T-shirt that resembles Clinton’s famous pantsuits. “Bringing a whole new meaning to casual Friday,” reads its description.
The Pantsuit tee shows that the 67-year-old is not afraid to poke fun at herself. The store also includes a “red, white and brew” coffee mug, as well as a pint glass “made from 100% shattered glass.” Read
May 20, 2015, 3:38 pm EDT
Los Angeles has voted for a minimum wage increase to $15 by 2020.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 in favor of the minimum wage increase. The city’s current minimum wage is $9 an hour and the increase will affect roughly 800,000 people. The first wage increase will happen in July 2016 and will increase minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, reports The Los Angeles Times.
The approval of the minimum wage increase in Los Angeles is being viewed as a victory by many labor activists. However, some businesses have warned that the increase could cause them to lay off workers, or leave the city completely, L.A. Times notes. Read
May 19, 2015, 3:13 pm EDT
President Barack Obama now has his own verified account on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) under the handle “@POTUS”.
President Barack Obama’s Twitter account was opened and verified on Monday, May 18, 2015. The account already has 1.65 million followers and currently follows 65 other people. This account is separate from the official White House Twitter account.
President Obama’s first Tweet is as follows: Read
May 15, 2015, 3:24 pm EDT
Rick Perry will soon join be in the growing list of 2016 presidential candidates.
The former Texas governor — a position he kept for 14 years — will announce his candidacy on June 4. Perry is facing an uphill battle as a Quinnipiac survey revealed that only 3% of Republicans support his candidacy.
The 65-year-old has done plenty of prep work already, consulting advisors on foreign and domestic policy and sought out help to improve his public speaking skills. He’s also visited a number of early voting states such as Iowa. Read