Vermont Is Raising Minimum Wage to $10.50

Jun 9, 2014, 4:18 pm EDT

Vermont will raise its minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by 2018.

State Governor Peter Shumlin — a Democrat — signed a law to raise the state’s minimum wage within the next four years on Monday. The move will make Vermont the U.S. state with the highest minimum wage.

“States like Vermont realize that working people can’t support their families on the current minimum wage, and we’re moving ahead to do the right thing on our own,” Shumlin said at a signing ceremony. Read 

The CIA Twitter Account: See First Tweet

Jun 6, 2014, 3:43 pm EDT

The Central Intelligence Agency finally made its way to Twitter (TWTR) with the official CIA Twitter account.

“We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” read the first tweet on the agency’s page.

The CIA Twitter account is now the CIA’s third social media account as the agency tries to become more accessible and transparent about its mission and objectives to the public. The agency also has a YouTube and a Flickr account. Read 

Bowe Bergdahl Latest News: 5 Things to Know About the US Soldier’s Controversial Release

Jun 5, 2014, 12:13 pm EDT

Political fallout from the deal made between the U.S. and the Taliban to release captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl continues to cause political headaches for the Obama Administration.

The White House says the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl was made necessary by the soldier’s declining health and America’s commitment never to leave soldiers on the field of battle. Opponents say that administration negotiated with terrorists, breaking a long-held policy stance, and made a bad deal to secure Bergdahl’s release, CBS News notes.

Adding to the administration’s woes, a number of former soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan have given TV interviews questioning how he came to be held by the Taliban, according to CNN. Read 

Tax ‘Fairness’ – 90% Want Higher Investment Taxes

Jun 4, 2014, 11:57 am EDT

If you already think it’s hard to beat the market, imagine how much harder it will be to invest in stocks profitably if the tax burden goes up.

Unfortunately, that’s what 9 in 10 Americans apparently want.

WalletHub released its 2014 Tax Fairness Survey, which “assesses opinions on tax code complexity, income tax structure, and the fairness of taxes on everything from investment income and corporations to alcohol and tobacco,” according to a press release. Read 

How Much Weight Has Chris Christie Lost?

Jun 3, 2014, 1:14 pm EDT

Chris Christie has been losing weight and people are taking notice.

In September 2011, Chris Christie was estimated to weigh anywhere from 322 to 350 pounds. At the time, he was considered too fat to be President. Since then, the New Jersey Governor has been working to lose weight. So far, it has been estimated that Christie is down to 236 pounds. This means the politician has lost anywhere from 86 to 114 pounds, reports The Wire.

Chris Christie hasn’t done all of his weight loss work on his own. In Feburary 2013, he had lap band surgery done. When it was revealed he had went through the surgery, Christie said that he got it for the future of his family, The Wire notes. Read 

King Juan Carlos Abdicates the Spanish Throne

Jun 2, 2014, 1:23 pm EDT

King Juan Carlos, who has ruled for 39 years, is stepping down from the Spanish throne.

King Juan Carlos was born on January 5, 1938. After his 11th birthday, Carlos was sent to Spain to prepare for duties. He married Princess Sofia of Greece in Athens on May 14, 1962. The couple have three children: Elena, Cristina and Felipe, reports Fox News Latino.

During his time as King, Carlos helped the country with the transition to democracy. He has also helped improve Spain’s relation with Latin America. Carlos will give up the throne to Crown Prince Felipe, Fox News Latino notes. Read 

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