Feb 7, 2014, 10:44 am EST
On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama will affix his signature to a farm bill at a ceremony at Michigan State University, making the bill law.
The farm bill, the result of rare bipartisan compromise in Congress, has left both liberals and conservatives unhappy. The legislation trims $800 million in annual spending on food stamps, but continues subsidies to a broad range of agricultural groups. Squabbling between Democrats and Republicans in Congress delayed passage of the bill for two years, the Associated Press notes.
The signing of the farm bill will be linked to the Obama administration’s “Made in Rural America” program, which seeks to connect rural business with federal support. Obama is heading to the home territory of Democrat Michigan Senator Debbie Stablenow, who worked with the GOP to negotiate the deal to pass the farm bill. Read
Feb 5, 2014, 12:09 pm EST
Clay Aiken, announced on Wednesday, that he will be running for Congress in North Carolina.
Clay Aiken plans to run for North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District seat. That seat is currently held by Rep. Renee Ellmers. Aiken is seeking to be the Democratic nomination for the seat and will likely run against Keith Crisco and Toni Morris for the position. He also announced that his career in the entertainment industry will be paused while he works to help Congress focus on jobs, the economy and education, reports the Associated Press.
“I saw this as the best place I could serve because I think Washington, in general, is dysfunctional,” Clay Aiken told NewsObserver. “I think it’s high time we put people in Congress who were not beholden to their party and not beholden to anything but the people who they live around and grew up around, in my case.” Read
Jan 30, 2014, 11:01 am EST
Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by two Norwegian politicians.
The Norwegian politicians released a statement as to why they nominated Edward Snowden for the award. Here is that statement, as collected by The Independant.
“There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term. We are, however, convinced that the public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order. His actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies.” Read