White House Resumes Tours With Special Surprise

Nov 6, 2013, 9:56 am EST

Visitors to Washington, D.C.’s most famed address were welcomed by the couple that currently calls it home on Tuesday morning.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama personally greeted people taking the first tours of the nation’s executive mansion since March. White House tours, long a popular tourist attraction in the nation’s capital, were shut down earlier this year after the administration said that sequester-mandated budget cuts had eliminated the funding needed to keep them going, CNN notes.

The suspension of White House tours, which cost the Secret Service about $74,000 a week in personnel expenses, drew sharp criticism from Republicans, who called the action unnecessary and a political stunt. Read 

Apple CEO Stands Up for Gay Rights in the Work Place

Nov 5, 2013, 10:03 am EST
Apple CEO Stands Up for Gay Rights in the Work Place

The head of one of the world’s leading technology companies has taken a very public stand against workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, raging that diversity “turns out to be great for the creativity that drives our business.” Cook strongly backed the Employment Non-Discrimation Act (ENDA), which is currently before congress. The law would make it illegal for companies to fire workers over sexual presence or gender identity.

In his article, Cook wrote that “embracing people’s individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights.” He added that works performed at their highest level when they “feel valued for who they are.” Read 

U.S. Commander Traded Navy Secrets for Lady Gaga Tickets, Prostitutes

Nov 4, 2013, 2:21 pm EST
U.S. Commander Traded Navy Secrets for Lady Gaga Tickets, Prostitutes

U.S. Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz traded navy secrets for Lady Gaga tickets and prostitutes.

Misiewicz allegedly traded confidential information on ship routes to Leonard Francis’ Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He would then move the ships at Francis’ direction and divert them to ports where the company could overcharge the Navy for fuel, food and other services. The company also invented tariffs with the help of fake port authorities. The relationship between the two started when Misiewicz attended a production of The Lion King in Tokyo with an employee from Francis’ company. After this he started trading information to the company. Misiewicz called Francis “Big Bro” in emails and Francis would refer to him as “Little Bro.” Misiewicz and Francis, along with several others, have been arrested and the federal government has suspended its contracts with Francis, reports the Associated Press.

Francis is currently being held in San Diego without bail. Misiewicz was arrested in Colorado and is expected to be sent to San Diego. Read 

NYC Cupcake Shop Inundated With Obamacare Help Calls

Nov 4, 2013, 1:06 pm EST

A New York City cupcake shop has been inundated with Obamacare help calls after is was listed as a place that people could get help with signing up for insurance.

According to the state Health Department, it wasn’t a mistake to list the establishment as a place for people to get help with their insurance. The department does admit however, that the bakery’s phone number was not meant to be listed on the state’s website as a contact for people to get help with insurance. The website should have listed the numbers of navigators, who would then meet people at the locations to help them. The bakery received over 150 calls from people who were looking for help with Obamacare, but it only has a single table that can seat four people. The bakery was recommended as a location by an Obamacare contractor, but no one ever got around to informing the bakery that it had been added to the list of locations for people to get help and it wasn’t offered any kind of reimbursement for the use of its space, reports the New York Post.

The bakery wasn’t the only place that was listed on the website without being told. The places included in the list that have nothing to do with Obamacare help include shops, restaurants and a limousine service. Read 

Sex Workers Enthusiastic About Obamacare

Nov 1, 2013, 7:59 pm EST

While President Barack Obama’s new health care program struggles with GOP opposition and glitchy websites, it’s appears to be getting support from one group of potential subscribers: sex workers.

At a registration drive in San Francisco last week, almost 40 sex workers of both genders filed the necessary documents to enroll in the program. The event was called the “Healthy Ho’s Party,” CNN notes.

Escorts, prostitutes and exotic performers are usually considered self-employed. As such, they often cannot afford the high cost of private health insurance. At least some sex workers will see monthly health insurance premiums fall below $200 under Obamacare, thanks to federal subsidies, putting coverage within their means. Read 

Delaware Launches Full Suite of Online Gambling

Nov 1, 2013, 5:26 pm EST

Delaware is launching a full suite of Internet gambling which includes all the major casino games.

USA Today reports that The First State has become the first state to introduce such a suite with blackjack, poker, roulette and slots. The move comes as the governor looks to make Delaware relevant in the casino industry again after posting poor numbers compared to neighboring states. The suite will be available to Delaware residents by Nov. 8.

The only other state with online gambling is Nevada but their laws limit gambling to poker. New Jersey is following Delaware’s lead in late November by legalizing online gambling and there are other states such as Pennsylvania that are considering it. Read 

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