Hurry! Obamacare Deadline Is Monday, Dec. 15

Dec 12, 2014, 6:01 pm EST

The Obamacare deadline for those looking to be covered starting Jan. 1 is Monday, December 15.

Failing to meet the deadline will push the activation of your health insurance back. Consumers who sign up between Dec. 16 and Jan. 15 will have access to Obamacare starting Feb. 1.

1.4 million people had already signed up for coverage through Dec. 5. Those already covered by Obamacare who wish to retain their insurance don’t need to do anything. Read 

The Next Secretary of Defense? 5 Things to Know About Ashton Carter

Dec 5, 2014, 2:16 pm EST

President Barack Obama has announced that Ashton Carter is his choice for the next Secretary of Defense.

Ahston Carter appeared alongside Obama for the announcement of Friday. Missing form the event was current Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. When asked why he didn’t appear, Hagel said that it was Carter’s big day. Carter will have to get approval from the Senate before he can take on his new role, reports The New York Times.

Here are a few things to know about the man who could be America’s next Secretary of Defense, as collected from NYT. Read 

Ohio Seeking to Triple Holiday Pay for Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2014, 12:38 pm EST

An Ohio lawmaker is looking to triple holiday pay for Thanksgiving workers this year.

State Rep. Mike Foley — a Cleveland Democrat — believes that stores should pay triple wages to employees who choose to work on America’s favorite holiday.

Foley added that workers should have the option of choosing whether or not to work on Thanksgiving. Plenty of retailers have called on employees to work on the holidays without a choice. Read 

‘Mayor for Life’ Marion Barry Dies at Age 78

Nov 24, 2014, 3:06 pm EST

Marion Barry, also known as Washington D.C.’s “Mayor for Life”, died on Sunday at the age of 78.

Marion Barry died at the United Medical Center just after midnight. Pior to this, he had been released from the Howard University Hospital on Saturday. During his third term as mayor of D.C. in 1990, he was caught by the FBI doing crack cocaine, reports The New York Post.

Marion Barry served as the mayor of D.C. for four terms. He started his first term in 1978. Following his arrest and conviction in 1990, he served six months in jail. After getting out of jail, he joined the D.C. Council and was elected to his fourth term as mayor in 1992, The New York Post notes. Read 

NTSB Says FAA Has Right to Regulate Drones

Nov 19, 2014, 3:11 pm EST

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) now has the right to regulate drones as drones are considered to be aircrafts. Source: Power Up

The ruling was made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following an incident where a man flew a drone around the University of Virginia campus.

Raphael Pirker appealed a $10,000 fine issued by the FAA after he used an Amazon drone for commercial purposes. He claimed that the drone was not an aircraft and the fine was overturned by the judge. Read 

USPS Names First Female Postmaster General

Nov 14, 2014, 1:50 pm EST

The US Postal Service (USPS) has named Megan J. Brennan as the first female Postmaster General. Source: Flickr

Brennan, USPS chief operating officer, will take over on Feb. 1 when current CEO and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe retires. Donahoe has served under that title for four years.

Brennan is currently in charge of USPS operations, including mail processing, transportation, delivery and more. She has been working with the Postal Service since 1986. Read 

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