Cuba News: What the Changes Mean for Americans

Dec 17, 2014, 3:47 pm EDT

President Obama announced a number of policy changes meant to patch up the nation’s relationship with Cuba.

The announcement was made Wednesday, following the release of American Alan Gross who spent five years in Cuban prison. Thanks to the deal, Americans can now travel to Cuba.

The new policies will give U.S. citizens the opportunity to fly to Cuba with certain restrictions. Travelers must have one of 12 licenses — including diplomatic missions, education groups and performance artists — to make the trip out there. Read 

Election 2016: Jeb Bush Considers Running for President

Dec 16, 2014, 4:36 pm EDT

Jeb Bush has thrown his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election.

The younger brother of former president George W. Bush made the announcement through Facebook. Bush began the post by recalling his Thanksgiving with his family and how the nation’s future came up in discussion.

“As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush said. Read 

Hurry! Obamacare Deadline Is Monday, Dec. 15

Dec 12, 2014, 6:01 pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 

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