Former NY Congressman Michael Grimm Gets 8 Months in Prison

Jul 17, 2015, 4:27 pm EDT

Former New York congressman Michael Grimm has been sentenced to eight months in prison for tax fraud.

The former US Rep. pleaded guilty to the charges last year, resulting in an eight-month sentence followed by one year of supervised release.

Grimm apologized in court Friday morning and his attorneys asked US District Judge Pamela Chen to give the former congressman a sentence that didn’t include prison time. “Your moral compass, Mr. Grimm, needs some realignment,” she responded. Read 

2016 Presidential Candidates: Scott Walker Announces His Bid

Jul 13, 2015, 2:08 pm EDT

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, has announced his bid to join the list of 2016 presidential candidates.

Scott Walker announcement that he’s joining the list of 2016 presidential candidates doesn’t come as a huge surprised. The governor accidentally tweeted his entry into the race on Friday before his official announcement today. His announcement included an 89-second video, reports Politico.

Scott Walker will start his run as one of the 2016 presidential candidates with a trip to several early primary states. This will include him showing up at Nevada, South Carolina and New Hampshire this week. He has reportedly raised $30 million for his campaign, Politico notes. Read 

Chicago Minimum Wage Raises to $10 an Hour Today

Jul 1, 2015, 5:12 pm EDT

Chicago raised minimum wage to $10 an hour today.

The Illinois city raised its minimum wage by more than 20% on Wednesday, from $8.25 an hour to $10. Chicago plans on raising this figure to $13 by 2019.

The increase will happen every July–an additional 50 cents in 2016 and 2017 apiece, followed by an extra $1 in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Read 

Marijuana News: Oregon Legalizes Recreational Pot

Jul 1, 2015, 11:50 am EDT

Oregon is making marijuana news headlines now that pot is legal in the state.

Oregon made weed legal via Measure 91. The change in pot’s legal status occurred on Wednesday and it allows anyone over the age of 21 to use the drug. Upon hearing this marijuana news, many residents of the state partied in celebration, reports Washington Post.

While the marijuana news is good for partakers of the substance, there are still limitations. For example, it’s still illegal to sell or buy weed in the state, but that will likely change with new legislation in October. Oregon is now the fourth state to make weed legal, Washington Post notes. Read 

Presidential Candidates 2016: Chris Christie Makes It Official

Jun 30, 2015, 4:26 pm EDT

Chris Christie has officially added his name to the 2016 list of presidential candidates.

The New Jersey Governor formed a political action committee (PAC) back in January and he has now officially launched his bid for the US presidency.

Christie made the announcement in the gymnasium of his old high school — Livingston High School — in the presence of family, friends and longtime supporters. Read 

Justice Antonin Scalia Dissents From Gay Marriage Ruling: 3 Highlights

Jun 26, 2015, 4:57 pm EDT

Justice Antonin Scalia lashed out against the Supreme Court’s decision to pass a law that legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

He suggested that the bill was anti-American and even indicted hippies. Here are some highlights from Scalia’s dissent:

    He called the Court’s decision a “threat to American democracy.” “The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.” “Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”

Read the full speech here. Read 

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