5 Things to Know About the Obama ‘Paid Leave’ Proposal

Jan 15, 2015, 2:54 pm EST

President Obama’s new proposal is looking to offer paid leave for millions of workers.

The plan is also designed to help workers take care of sick children without losing too much pay. Here are five things to know about the proposal:

    Obama is pushing Congress to pass a legislation that would offer workers up to seven days — 56 hours — of paid sick leave to take care of themselves or a family member. Federal employees would get up to six weeks of paid sick leave to care for a new child. The President is also looking to give federal workers six additional weeks of paid parental leave. An expanded paid family and medical leave plan will also be proposed. Workers can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time to care for a new child but most families cannot afford so much time off without pay. Obama is looking for $2 billion from Congress to fund these programs.

The president’s February budget proposal will include details on how Obama plans on raising the necessary funds for his proposal. Read 

US Loosens Embargo on Cuba: The New Rules

Jan 15, 2015, 2:34 pm EST

The United States is loosening its embargo on Cuba.

President Obama is following through on a number of policy changes announced Dec. 17 regarding the US embargo on Cuba.

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the move helps put behind “out-of-date policies that were not working and puts in place a policy that helps promote political and economic freedom for the Cuban people.” Read 

Bartender Planned to Poison John Boehner

Jan 14, 2015, 4:44 pm EST

A bartender with a grudge against John Boehner threatened to kill the House Speaker.

Michael Robert Hoyt was indicted Jan. 7 on charges for threatening to murder the Ohio congressman. He said he wanted to shoot Boehner or maybe put something in his drink back in October.

The 44-year-old bartender worked at an Ohio country club where the House Speaker was a member. Hoyt was fired from that job and blamed Boehner for it. Read 

Obama Proposes ‘Free Community College’

Jan 9, 2015, 2:11 pm EST

President Barack Obama has announced a proposal to give people free community college.

The free community college proposal is called the “America’s College Promise”. The proposal would allow each student two years of community college for free so long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and make headway toward their degree. The goal of the proposal is to make community college as accessible as high school.

It’s estimated that 35% of jobs will require a bachelor’s degree by 2020. At the same time, it’s also expected that 30% of jobs will require some college or an associate’s degree. The proposal would require state agreement and the free community college is hoped to apply to the more than 1,100 in the United States. Read 

HarperCollins Apologizes for Omitting Israel From Maps

Jan 2, 2015, 3:20 pm EST

HarperCollins has apologized for omitting Israel on a map. Source: Wikipedia

The publisher designed an atlas for children in the Middle East but the Western Asian nation was not included due to less-than-convincing reasons.

HarperCollins subsidiary Collins Bartholomew said the atlas was catering to “local preferences” and including Israel would’ve been “unacceptable” to Gulf customers. Read 

What We Know About the North Korea Internet Outage

Dec 23, 2014, 2:45 pm EST

A North Korea internet outage occurred on Monday and lasted for several hours.

The exact reason behind the North Korea internet outage is unknown, but some speculate that the country was the target of a cyber attack. The White House said it didn’t know anything about the attack and that questions should be sent to the North Korean government, reports Fox News.

Following the 10-hour North Korea internet outage on Monday, the country suffered from two smaller ones. One of these outages lasted for about half an hour. It’s expected that there will be more outages in the country in the coming days, USA Today notes. Read 

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