My Brother’s Keeper: Obama’s New Plan to Help Young Men

Feb 28, 2014, 11:06 am EDT

At a White House event on Thursday, President Barack Obama promoted his administration’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, aimed at supporting positive life outcomes for young African-American and Hispanic men.

Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, said “boys and young men of color” face “some of the most severe challenges” in modern America. The new Obama initiative seeks to help African-American and Hispanic youth avoid pitfalls including drug-use, crime, dropping out of school and joblessness, the Washington Post notes.

Here are some key points to know about Thursday’s event, promoting the new Obama initiative for African-American and Hispanic young men: Read 

Conservatives and Liberals Agree: Film Subsidies Are a Waste

Feb 28, 2014, 9:41 am EDT

There is only one thing that Maryland officials should say to the producers of there hit Netflix series House of Cards who are threatening to leave the state unless they get more taxpayer subsidies: “Goodbye.”

And they might want to add: “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”

The greed of Media Rights Capital is so transparent that it might serve as a basis for a series of its own. (Maybe I ought to pitch that idea to Netflix.) Read 

Optic Nerve: Secret Spy Program Stored Yahoo Users’ Webcam Images

Feb 27, 2014, 3:58 pm EDT

A program called Optic Nerve intercepted and stored webcam images of millions of Yahoo (YHOO) users regardless of whether or not they were intelligence targets. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

British surveillance agency GCHQ ran Optic Nerve which has webcam images of millions of Yahoo user accounts globally taken between 2008 and 2010. In a six-month period in 2008, the agency took images from over 1.8 million accounts including many sexually explicit images.

There are no UK laws that prevent GCHQ or other British analysts from accessing Americans’ images without a warrant. When asked about Optic Nerve, Yahoo denied any knowledge of the program. Read 

Why Attorney General Eric Holder Was Rushed to Hospital Today

Feb 27, 2014, 1:22 pm EDT

Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized Thursday morning after feeling faint and experiencing shortness of breath. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Holder was taken to a Washington-area hospital after experiencing these symptoms during a staff meeting. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said that the attorney general will undergo further evaluation but he’s currently resting and in good condition.

The 63-year-old is “alert and conversing with his doctors,” Fallon said. Eric Holder has been attorney general since the start of the Obama administration and he’s been viewed to be in good health usually. Read 

Restaurant Chain Adds Obamacare Fee to Diners’ Checks

Feb 27, 2014, 1:11 pm EDT

Gator’s Dockside restaurants are adding an Obamacare fee to their customers’ bills. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Eight Gator’s Dockside restaurants have implemented the Obamacare fee, which appears as a 1% Affordable Care Act (ACA) charge at the bottom of the bill. The fee was introduced by the chain so that it wouldn’t have to increase the prices of its meals and drinks. The mentioned restaurants have 500 employees and about half of them are full time. These employees will start getting benefits in December, reports CNN Money.

The Gator’s Dockside restaurants have also hired a consuting firm to help it make sure everything is legal with its Obamacare preparations. The restaurants estimate that the Obamacare fee will bring in about $160,000 a year to help combat the estimated cost of $500,000 to insure employees, CNN Money notes. Read 

Nutrition Labels Makeover: A Look at the FDA Changes

Feb 27, 2014, 12:09 pm EDT

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is working to redesign nutrition labels found on food and drinks.

If the FDA changes to nutrition labels are approved, then labels could become easier to read. The FDA is redesigning the labels in an effort to make it easier to recognize healthy foods. The redesigned label –the one on the right of the image– places a focus on total calories, added sugars and nutrients over the old label –the one on the left of the image– reports CNN.

Two of the most obvious changes to the nutrition labels are the servings per container and amount of calories in the products. The total-calorie-count font has been increased in size to make it more noticeable. The amount-of-servings font has also seen a similar increase in size. Read 

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