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D.C. sets sights on $11.50 minimum wage

<b>(iStockphoto/Alexey Stiop)</b><p>D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange says a vote could come as soon as December<p>Elias Isquith<p>November 19, 2013 5:30pm (UTC)<p>Washington, D.C. may soon hold a vote on upping the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, according to a report from the Associated Press.<p>Councilmember Vincent …

Crossroads GPS Reports A Single Donation Of $22.5 Million In 2012

The "G" in Crossroads GPS stands for "grassroots," but the politically oriented nonprofit received more than 80 percent of its money last year in donations of $1 million or more — including a single gift of $22.5 million.<p>An NPR review of its latest filing with the IRS shows that 99.8 percent of its …

Official: Between 60% And 70% Of Obamacare Website Still Not Built

"The back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems, they still need to be [built]," Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Henry Chao said. UPDATE: Health and Human Services official says numbers are actually reversed, 30% to 40% of the …

The right’s in a box: Here’s how GOP loses Obamacare fight

<b>Mitch McConnell (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)</b><p>The amazing politics of Obamacare’s success stories — especially in Kentucky — could cost the GOP their leader<p>Brian Beutler<p>November 19, 2013 7:35pm (UTC)<p>The fact that Affordable Care Act enrollments are spiking in states that have functioning exchange …

Official: 30 to 40 Percent of Obamacare Technology Not Yet Built

Sophie Novack<p>Nov. 19, 2013, 9:45 a.m.<p>A top tech­no­logy of­fi­cial in the de­vel­op­ment of the Obama­care en­roll­ment web­site said Tues­day that …

How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Making of ACA management failure

In the days after HealthCare.gov went live, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough quietly dispatched Jeff Zients, a favorite West Wing fixer, to assess the operation and report back.<p>When Zients did, President Barack Obama learned the project was in worse shape than suspected — riddled with …

DC insurance commissioner fired a day after criticizing Obamacare steps

Washington, D.C.'s insurance commissioner confirmed Sunday that he was fired after questioning President Barack Obama's proposed fixes to his troubled health-care law.<p>William White told NBC News that Mayor Vincent Gray's office didn't explicitly link his dismissal to his comments. But he strongly …

Last British resident in Guantánamo Bay: we are treated like animals

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held in Guantánamo Bay – where he has been incarcerated for the past eleven years despite protests from the British government – has spoken from his prison cell for the first time.<p>"Tell the world the truth … Please, we are tired. Either you leave us to die in …

Taking 'Obama' out of health care

President Barack Obama and loyal Democrats once embraced the term Obamacare to sell the American people on health care reform.<p>Not anymore.<p>With the president’s approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire for his pledge that people could keep their plans, the “Affordable …

Facebook defends allowing beheadings footage to continue

<b>Facebook will continue to allow users to show footage of beheadings as long as it is posted in "the right context", MPs have heard.</b><p>The social network site has been criticised for allowing such images to be shown, amid warnings they could cause psychological damage.<p>But Facebook's UK and Ireland …

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In Chicago, piles of petroleum coke suggest the future of Canadian tar sands oil

November 18, 2013 | 7:03 AM<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/11/18/sustainability/chicago-piles-petroleum-coke-suggest-future-canadian-tar-sands-oil/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Embed Code<iframe …

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Walmart defends collections for employees

An advocacy group has criticized retailer Walmart for bins seeking donations for workers.<p>An advocacy group called Organization United for Respect is chastising Walmart for setting out storage containers to collect donations for employees who can't afford a Thanksgiving dinner.<p>The Web page and …

Japan wants to sell its super-fast levitating trains to the US

Former US politicians have visited Japan for a ride on a train that uses magnetic levitation to travel at 315 mph. As cities around the world consider the introduction of maglev trains, the Japanese government hopes the American group's experience of the journey — a test ahead of Japan's planned …

Spiritual Healers Keep Watch For Plague In Uganda

When medical anthropologist Mary Hayden visits her colleague Yofet, he tells her, "Mary, you don't need to call before you arrive because I already know you're coming."<p>Yoset, you see, is a traditional healer in northern Uganda. "The spirit comes over him and tells him how to treat people," Hayden …

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