Jan 30, 2014, 11:01 am EST
Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by two Norwegian politicians.
The Norwegian politicians released a statement as to why they nominated Edward Snowden for the award. Here is that statement, as collected by The Independant.
“There is no doubt that the actions of Edward Snowden may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short term. We are, however, convinced that the public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden’s whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order. His actions have in effect led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies.” Read
Jan 30, 2014, 10:30 am EST
Justin Bieber may be deported as a petition on the White House website has reached it quota.
A petition to deport Justin Bieber has reached over 187,000 signatures. This means the petition has surpassed the 100,000-signature requirement to get a response from the White House.
The petition states the following. Read
Jan 29, 2014, 11:30 am EST
After President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address to both houses of Congress last night, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers stepped in front of the cameras to give the GOP response.
McMorris, who represents the state of Washington in the House of Representatives, wasted little time taking aim at the president’s optimistic appraisal of his administration’s economic policies. She is the highest ranking female representative among Republicans, but last night’s response marked her first chance to address a national audience, the Washington Post notes. Read
Jan 29, 2014, 9:52 am EST
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., revealed during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that his oncologist was not covered under his insurance through Obamacare.
When asked about his health, Coburn said, “Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care, and I have a great prognosis.”
Coburn’s spokesman confirmed that the insurance he enrolled with through the Affordable Health Care exchange reduced his coverage and eliminated coverage for his cancer specialist. The senator will continue to see his oncologist and pay out of pocket. Read
Jan 29, 2014, 9:33 am EST
President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address for 2014 on Tuesday night. The speech lasted from 9:11 p.m. ET to 10:22 p.m. ET and went as follows.
THE PRESIDENT: Madam Speaker, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For 220 years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They’ve done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility. And they’ve done so in the midst of war and depression; at moments of great strife and great struggle. Read
Jan 28, 2014, 1:19 pm EST
President Barack Obama plans to announce a minimum wage increase for a few federal employees at tonight’s State of the Union address.
The President is expected to announce an executive action during his State of the Union address at 9 p.m. ET that will increase the minimum wage for new federal contracts from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. The increase is expected to affect roughly 250,000 government employees. Obama is also expected to announce his plans work with Congress to increase minimum wage for all government employees to $10.10 an hour, reports USA Today.
“Nobody who works full-time and works hard at their job should live in poverty,” Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff, told The Wall Street Journal. “We think $10.10 an hour will allow them to do that.” Read