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US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the move helps put behind “out-of-date policies that were not working and puts in place a policy that helps promote political and economic freedom for the Cuban people.”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