Jeh Johnson: 4 Things to Know About New Homeland Security Chief

Oct 18, 2013, 9:17 am EDT
Jeh Johnson: 4 Things to Know About New Homeland Security Chief

Sources tell the Washington Post that President Barack Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson to replace Janet Napolitano as the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Johnson most recently served as the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he played a crucial role in a number of national security decisions, including U.S. military action in Libya and drone strikes against members of al-Qaeda overseas.

If he is confirmed as head of DHS, Johnson will take the reins of a department that manages 22 separate agencies employing 240,000 workers, coordinating disaster response, cybersecurity and border controls, among an array of other functions. Read 

Cory Booker Wins N.J. Senate Seat

Oct 17, 2013, 1:05 pm EDT

Democrat Cory Booker beat Republican Steve Lonegan for the New Jersey senate seat on Wednesday.

Booker, 44, won the senate seat after a two month election to finish the term of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died at the age of 89 in June. Booker is the current Mayor of Newark and plans to bring change to Congress. He said that he wants to take American’s frustrations and focus them into energy to bring change to congress. Booker beat Lonegan with 55% of the votes. Lonegan won 44% of the votes. Booker says that he expects to be sworn into the office within the next two weeks depending on the schedules of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Vice President Joe Biden. He will be the first black senator from New Jersey, reports The Washington Post.

Booker had an advantage running for the senate seat. One-third of voters in New Jersey are registered as Democrats compared to 20% being registered as Republicans. Read 

House Stenographer Booted After Bizarre Outburst

Oct 17, 2013, 12:00 pm EDT

A respected and well-known House stenographer snapped after the last-minute deal to end the government shutdown passed on Washington.

CNN reports that the stenographer went up to the podium, grabbed the microphone and began screaming before being escorted out by the Sergeant-At-Arms. She said that “God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand,” according to a GOP representative. The rest of her speech was caught on tape by Todd Zwilich of Public Radio International.

The stenographer went on talking about God and how this is not and has never been one nation under God. “Had it been… it would not have been,” she continued. “No. it would not have been… the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.” Read 

Tea Party Republican Defends Being on Medicaid While Opposing Medicaid

Oct 17, 2013, 9:24 am EDT

If the U.S. government shutdown and almost-default taught America anything, it’s that politicians are 100% crazy.

If you’re still not convinced, consider Tea Party Republican candidate for Idaho’s House of Representatives Greg Collett.

Collett has signed his entire family up for government assistance while running on a platform of dismantling government assistance programs. Read 

Legal Pot Rules Differ Between Washington, Colorado

Oct 16, 2013, 9:49 pm EDT
Legal Pot Rules Differ Between Washington, Colorado

Washington’s Liquor Control Board announced today the regulations that will dictate production, purchasing, and taxation on legal marijuana, following closely on the heels of Colorado, who made a similar announcement last month. Between the two states, there are some significant differences.

For starters, Washington limits total production in the state at 80 metric tons. Right now, Colorado voters are considering whether or not to implement a production limit. Washington does not allow home-growing, while Colorado allows up to six plants at home. Colorado allows stores to sell both medicinal and recreational marijuana, while Washington forbids recreational stores from serving as dispensaries.

Some of the other differences are smaller, matters of degrees rather than principles. Both states charge fees to start marijuana businesses. In Washington, that fee is $250 per application, plus a $1,000 annual renewal cost. Colorado has fees that range from $2,750 to $14,000. Washington has separate licenses for growing, selling, and processing marijuana, and one person cannot hold all three licenses. In Colorado, licenses are needed for growing, selling, and making edible pot products, but a person can apply for all three licenses for a business. Washington limits people to three of any of those marijuana licenses, while there is no limit in Colorado. Read 

Gov’t Letter Asks Creditors for Patience With Furloughed Employees

Oct 16, 2013, 1:44 pm EDT

The government shutdown has left many furloughed workers wondering how they’re going to pay their bills but there may be a temporary solution for them.

The Associated Press reports that federal employees who are out of work due to the shutdown can write letters to creditors asking for patience on their payments. Several agencies are even offering cover letters for furloughed employees that explain to creditors how the shutdown has affected them.

A letter was sent to workers at the Department of Health and Human Services that asks for patience and compassion for furloughed employees. The letter also recommends that workers create a deal or some sort of payment plan with creditors so they can pay their bills at a later date. Read 

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