May 21, 2014, 5:05 pm EDT
President Obama is furious over the VA scandal and he promises to hold those responsible for it accountable.
The president responded to allegations of government officials falsifying information about veterans’ waiting time which he called “intolerable” and “disgraceful.” Some Veteran Affairs hospitals have allegedly been cooking the books to cover up long wait times for veterans to see doctors.
Obama has responded to the VA scandal by ordering a broad review and he’s asked the public to be patient as his administration tries to get to the bottom of the scandal. “I am going to expect even before the reports are done that we are seeing significant improvement in terms of how the admissions process take place in all our VA health care facilities,” Obama said. Read
May 21, 2014, 2:15 pm EDT
The FBI is considering allowing hackers that smoke marijuana to join the organization.
The FBI’s current rules for hiring hackers doesn’t allow anyone that has used marijuana in the last three years to be recruited. This could change now that James Comey, the FBI’s director, has said that he wants to recruit younger hackers, reports BBC News.
Comey has stated that he needs a large workforce of hackers to combat cybercriminals. He said that younger hackers sometimes want to smoking weed and that this is an issue. However, he also said that any who do should smoke marijuana should go ahead and apply for a job with the FBI, BBC News notes. Read
May 20, 2014, 1:22 pm EDT
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, an openly gay judge, struck down a law prohibiting same-sex marriage in Oregon on Monday.
Within the first hour of the same-sex marriage ban in Oregon, 23 gay couples weer granted marriage licenses. Judge McShane said that his own sexual orientation didn’t affect his decision because he and his partner don’t plan to get married. Oregon now joins 23 other states that allow same-sex marriage, reports Businessweek.
“I am so thrilled to have the freedom to marry the love of my life,” Paul Rummell, a gay man who was suing Oregon over the ban, told Time. “No one should be told it is illegal to marry the person they love.” Read
May 19, 2014, 3:05 pm EDT
The U.S. Justice Department is accusing the Chinese military of sending Chinese hackers to spy on American companies for trade secrets.
The indictment accuses Chinese hackers of tapping into five American steel, solar and nuclear companies and a labor organization. The companies in question include U.S. Steel Corp. (X), Allegheny Technologies (ATI) and Alcoa (AA).
“Success in the global market place should be based solely on a company’s ability to innovate and compete, not on a sponsor government’s ability to spy and steal business secrets,” said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Read
May 19, 2014, 9:35 am EDT
On Sunday, Swiss voters gave a big thumbs down to a proposal to give their country the world’s highest minimum wage.
It wasn’t even close. According to Swiss media, more than 76% of voters rejected the proposed law which would have set a minimum wage of almost $25 an hour in Switzerland. Just under 24% of voters backed the minimum wage law, which was backed by trade unions, the Associated Press noted.
The minimum wage law was opposed by some business leaders and government officials, who feared that it would negatively affect the Swiss economy. Switzerland’s Economy Minister said that, had the minimum wage law been approved, it would have “led to workplace losses, especially in rural areas where less qualified people have a harder time finding jobs.” Read
May 16, 2014, 1:53 pm EDT
President Barack Obama’s financial disclosure report for 2013 was released on Thursday.
According to Obama’s financial disclosure report, he and his wife are worth anywhere from $2 million to $7 million. The report is released as part of an act that came about in 1978 that requires all “high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests.” reports USA Today.
Here are some highlights from Obama’s financial disclosure report, as collected by CNNMoney. Read