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Obama, Democrats focus on gender pay gap

Obama, Democrats focus on gender pay gap

President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women’s wages, linking Obama executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. Obama on Tuesday planned to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against workers […]

Official faces questions over ‘Cuban Twitter’

Official faces questions over ‘Cuban Twitter’

The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Tuesday is beginning a series of appearances before lawmakers asking questions about his agency’s secret “Cuban Twitter,” a social media network built to stir unrest in the communist island. First up in the questioning of administrator Rajiv Shah is Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who publicly […]

Unemployment bill headed to the House

Unemployment bill headed to the House

Election-year legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits is headed to the House, where a small band of dissident Republicans is leaning on Speaker John Boehner to permit a vote on resuming aid to more than 2 million victims of the Great Recession. “As many Americans continue to struggle without benefits, we respectfully request that the […]

Testing Obama’s work policies on federal contractors

Testing Obama’s work policies on federal contractors

President Barack Obama is using the federal government’s vast array of contractors and subcontractors as a labor policy incubator, ready to sidestep Congress to impose workplace rules on wages, pay disparities and hiring on a segment of the private sector that gets taxpayer money and falls under the chief executive’s control. Obama this week plans […]

Pelosi: Cheney ‘set tone’ for CIA torture of prisoners

Pelosi: Cheney ‘set tone’ for CIA torture of prisoners

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney “set a tone” for the interrogation and detention programs conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Pelosi said she believed Cheney, an influential figure in U.S. security policy under former President George […]

Senator suggests criminal actions against General Motors

Senator suggests criminal actions against General Motors

General Motors should make restitution to victims’ families and face criminal action if merited for the way it handled defective ignition switches that caused fatal auto accidents, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said on Sunday. McCaskill, as chairwoman of the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection and product safety, led a blistering round of questioning of GM […]

Sexy mag cover angers LPGA, female golf pros

Sexy mag cover angers LPGA, female golf pros

LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan weighed in Friday on Golf Digest’s provocative cover featuring Paulina Gretzky. “Obviously, we’re disappointed and frustrated by the editorial direction (and timing) Golf Digest has chosen with the announcement of its most recent magazine cover,” Whan said in a statement at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tour’s first major tournament […]

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