Mar 19, 2014, 10:05 am EDT
White House pastry chef Bill Yosses is quitting his job.
Yosses announced that he will no longer be the White House pastry chef come June. He will eave the White House to head for New York. While in New York, Yosses plans to start a program that is dedicated to teaching people about eating better. The move will also allow the pastry chef to live with his husband, Charlie Jandusay Fabella Jr., who he married in 2011, reports The New York Times.
Another factor playing a part in the White House pastry chef’s move is first lady Michelle Obama’s battle for healthy food. Yosses says that the first lady has handled her fight for healthy food with “humor and good will, without preaching,” but that he doesn’t want to “demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” NYT notes. Read
Mar 18, 2014, 11:29 am EDT
According to White House officials, Obamacare enrollments have surged since the start of the month.
Over the past weekend, the government says 1 million people visited the federal health insurance exchange, the most traffic since December. The Obama administration says the number of people who have enrolled in private health insurance plans under Obamacare has now exceeded five million, Reuters notes.
The rise in Obamacare enrollments comes as the Mar. 31 deadline for enrollments under the Affordable Care Act looms. Read
Mar 14, 2014, 9:32 am EDT
Colorado residents could see upward of $100 million in tax breaks thanks to legal marijuana sales that have been a boom for the state’s economy.
Because the state’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights has limits on how much the government can collect, taxpayers are owed a refund if that number is higher than the state projected.
And that number is really, really high — with projections for the full fiscal year of up to $184 million. Read
Mar 14, 2014, 9:14 am EDT
After a previous student loans proposal defeat by a federal judge, the Obama administration is again trying to advance new rules to protect students from amassing sky-high levels of debt.
The new rules would cut off federal student aid programs to for-profit colleges and other schools that fail to provide job training to students who graduate. The training would have to be enough for students to land a salary to help pay off their student loans. Read
Mar 13, 2014, 11:09 am EDT
Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing for reduced drug sentences for non-violent offenders.
Eric Holder is set to show his support for reduced drug sentences for traffickers that aren’t violent to the U.S. Sentencing Commission today. He is expected to talk about other programs that could be used as punishment, such as community service. Holder also claims that heavy sentences only serve to increase financial, moral and human cost, reports the Associated Press.
Eric Holder’s suggestions for new drug sentences could lower the average sentence for drug trafficking from 62 months to 51 months. Read
Mar 12, 2014, 10:02 am EDT
President Obama is directing the Labor Department to revise its policies so that companies must pay more overtime to millions of workers — a move designed to push back against stagnant worker pay.
The president will make the executive request on Thursday. Read