Jeff S

285 Added | 2 Magazines | 98 Followers | @schagrin | Keep up with Jeff S on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Jeff S”

Hagel calls for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security.<p>Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to …

Obama calls on Congress to raise federal minimum wage

US President Barack Obama Saturday called on the Congress to pass a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers.<p>In his weekly address, …

Income Inequality

CNN - Breaking News, Latest News and Videos

CNN

The First-Ever Virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day"

<i>Ed. note: This post is about 2014's Big Block of Cheese Day. Click here for information about 2015's Big Block of Cheese Day.</i><p><i>This event has concluded. See all the responses from administration officials who participated in Big Block of Cheese Day.</i><p>President Obama has always been dedicated to the …

Warren Buffett Will Give You $1 Billion If You Make A Perfect March Madness Bracket

Just how impressive is a perfectly completed March Madness bracket? According to Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans, a billion big ones.<p>Berkshire Hathaway and Quicken Loans have teamed up to offer a $1 billion prize paid in 40 annual installments of $25 million, or a $500 million lump sum. If there …

Hundreds mourn Purdue shooting victim at candlelight vigil

Hundreds gathered at Purdue University despite temperatures well below freezing to hold a candlelight vigil for Andrew Boldt, a teaching assistant who was shot to death on campus, allegedly by another teaching assistant.<p>Boldt, 21, was killed about noon Tuesday in a classroom in the university's …

Law Enforcement

Amazon workers vote on union (UPDATED)

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Getty Images<p><i>Update: Reports late Wednesday say Amazon workers voted 21-6 against forming a union. Original story</i> …

More Than 11 Million Young People Have Fled Facebook Since 2011

Skeptics of Facebook’s business model have long pointed to anecdotal evidence that the social network is losing its luster with teens as evidence …

J.C. Penney closing 33 stores, laying off 2,000

J.C. Penney said Wednesday it will close 33 underperforming stores and lay off 2,000 employees as the venerable but troubled retailer continues a sweeping turnaround effort.<p>The company said the closings will save about $65 million a year beginning in 2014. It will take pretax charges of $26 million …

Five Important Features Of Congress' New Spending Bill

The bill includes $573 billion for defense spending when overseas contingency funds are included and $525 billion for non-defense discretionary spending.<p>The bill runs more than 1,500 pages and sets out funding measures for programs all across the government.<p>It took a month of hard work by …

Democrats

Shooter arrested at New Mexico school, two kids badly hurt: officials

An 11-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being critically shot during a middle school shooting in New Mexico Tuesday that also hospitalized …

Crime

Here’s the horrifying new way the NSA spies on offline computers

Believe it or not, there are still new revelations to be had regarding the various ways America’s National Security Agency spies on its targets. Just …

Sunday Shows To West Virginia: Drop Dead!

Some 300,000 residents of West Virginia are without safe drinking water this weekend after 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked into the Elk River. It's a news story of great importance to ordinary human Americans, and so let's round up all of the coverage the Sunday shows gave to …

Can TIME Predict Your Politics?

Social scientists find many questions about values and lifestyle that have no obvious connection to politics can be used to predict a person’s …

Thai Protesters Begin 'Shutdown' of Bangkok

Thai opposition protesters have begun their attempted shutdown of the capital city of Bangkok, occupying key intersections in the downtown area and …

Venezuela

China surpasses US as world's largest trading nation

Beijing describes 2013 figures as 'a landmark milestone' as annual trade in goods passes the $4tn mark for the first time<p>China became the world's largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as "a landmark milestone" for the country.<p>China's annual trade in goods …

WOW. The Man Who Hugs Wild Lions Brought a Go-Pro This Time

Kevin Richardson is known as the lion whisperer, and I think that term is perfectly accurate. He has literally made himself part of a pride of lions, …

GoPro

Christie apologizes over lane closures, fires top aide

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie publicly apologized Thursday for controversial lane closures last year that were arranged by his associates as an apparent act of political revenge, and fired a top aide who was at the center of the scandal.<p>"I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey," …

The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.<p>When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. …