Lincoln Memorial Vandalized Overnight

Jul 26, 2013, 12:28 pm EST

The Lincoln Memorial was shut down on Friday after a group vandalized the statue with green paint the night before.

The vandals splashed green paint onto the statue of the United States 16th president. No symbols or words were created with the paint. Workers are have used powers washers to remove most of the paint, and are scrubbing higher up parts of the statue by hand. The steps leading up to the memorial were opened up at 10:13 a.m., and park officials say the rest of the memorial will be opened up once all of the paint is removed, reports The Washington Post.

Park Police used bright yellow tape to close off the memorial after discovering it had been vandalized. Authorities believe that the statue was vandalized around 1:30 a.m., Friday, reports The Washington Post. Read 

Fast-Food Chain May Only Hire Part-Time Workers Due to Obamacare

Jul 26, 2013, 11:36 am EST

Managers at a Washington, DC California Tortilla told NPR that they are considering cutting employees’ hours or hiring more part-time staffers in order to avoid insuring workers as required by the Affordable Care Act.

The law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, stipulates that businesses with at least 50 employees must provide health insurance to all staff working 30 hours or more per week. Though the president announced this year that his administration would delay that provision of the law until 2015, employers – particularly, in the restaurant business – are scrambling to formulate their strategy for when the rule comes into effect.

If California Tortilla does decide to cut workers’ hours, it will join Denny’s (DENN), Wendy’s (WEN), and Yum! Brand’s (YUM) Taco Bell in doing so. Meanwhile, Dunkin Brands (DNKN) CEO Nigel Travis has launched a lobbying offensive to raise the threshold for full time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week. Read 

George H.W. Bush Shaves His Head for Sweetest Reason

Jul 25, 2013, 12:19 pm EST

George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the united States, shaved his head on Tuesday.

The former president shaved his head to show support for one of his Secret Service member’s two-year-old son. The boy (Patrick) has leukemia, and when members of his Secret Service detail began shaving their heads to show their support, Bush decided to join in as well. The cause is one close to Bush, whose daughter died of leukemia in 1953.

Former President Bill Clinton tweeted about Bush’s shaved head on Wednesday. Read 

Obama Turns to Celebrities to Sell New Healthcare Law

Jul 25, 2013, 11:33 am EST

With public opinion polls showing more Americans opposed to his healthcare law, U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking Hollywood’s help to generate enthusiasm for the plan.

The president has recruited a number of popular actors and musicians to tout the Affordable Healthcare Act’s benefits to younger audiences. Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, actor Kal Penn and singer Jennifer Hudson are among the celebrities who will publicly promote the plan, MediaBistro notes.

A number of entertainment groups have attended meetings with White House officials to coordinate outreach to younger Americans, whose participation in the plan’s healthcare insurance exchanges is critical to their success. Read 

2 Candidates Most Likely to Be Next Fed Chief

Jul 25, 2013, 11:06 am EST
2 Candidates Most Likely to Be Next Fed Chief

Current Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke ends his term in January, and one of two candidates is likely to be the next Fed chief.

Janet Yellen and Lawrence Summers both have good reasons as to why they could be the next Fed chief.

Yellen, 66, has a Ph.D. from Yale University, worked during the Clinton administration and has a long career with the Fed. In the 1990′s she was a member of the Fed board in Washington, and was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in the 2000′s . Since 2010 Yellen has been the the right-hand woman to the current Fed chief, and has even spoken at international financial meetings during his absence , which makes her a solid choice as his successor, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read 

House Votes to Let NSA Spying Continue

Jul 25, 2013, 10:36 am EST
House Votes to Let NSA Spying Continue

An amendment that would have limited the National Security Agency’s power to collect the electronic records of American citizens failed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 217-205, Reuters reports.

The amendment, which Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) proposed adding to the defense appropriations bill, received both bipartisan support and opposition. 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voted for the amendment, while 83 Democrats and 134 Republicans voted against it.

Cosponsoring the amendment were Amash’s Republican colleagues Thomas Massey (Ky.) and Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) and Democrats John Conyers (Mich.) and Jared Polis (Colo.). Read 

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