Politics -- December 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST
-- December 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM EST
Politics -- December 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM EST
It is apparently safe to use the word "compromise" again.
Vladimir Putin is granting pardons to his enemies (it took a decade, but still).
Nine U.S. senators this week dared to stray from the Republican fold to endorse a modest government budget that raises revenues and cuts spending.» Read More ...
national security -- December 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM EST
Members of the Secret Service watch as President Barack Obama speaks during a rally at Veterans Memorial Park. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
There is no evidence of widespread misconduct within the Secret Service, according to a Homeland Security Department inspector general's report.
The 145-page report was issued Friday, more than 18 months after the agency in charge of protecting the president was embroiled in a high-profile South American prostitution scandal.» Read More ...
world -- December 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM EST
Photo by Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images
With the threat of foreign journalists in China losing their visas -- and thus possibly their jobs -- at the end of 2013, China has decided it will renew foreign journalists' press cards. The Wall Street Journal reported that some correspondents from Bloomberg News and The New York Times have received their press credentials for 2014, even though those news sites' coverage of the wealth of the families of top leaders have lead to their sites being blocked in China since last year.» Read More ...
MAKING SENSE -- December 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM EST
Why is one arm of the government buying loans from another? The U.S. government isn't a monolith, former Fed economist Catherine Mann explains, and the Fed is often a counterweight to what's happening in the rest of the government. Photo illustration courtesy of Flickr user Donkey Hotey.» Read More ...
Newsdesk -- December 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM EST
Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're keeping an eye on today while not finishing holiday shopping online:
In a move on the ACA front that the insurance industry warns will lead to further confusion and disruption, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that those with canceled policies will not face tax penalties and can buy bare-bones catastrophic plans. The agency also said under 500,000 who lost policies have failed to find new coverage.» Read More ...
Education -- December 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM EST
PBS NewsHour's American Graduate team recently visited Clintondale High School in suburban Detroit for a story on the concept of "flipped" classrooms. That's where students watch class lecture videos at home and do their "homework" the next day in the classroom with their teachers.» Read More ...
nation -- December 19, 2013 at 6:19 PM EST
Furloughed federal workers demand an end to the government shutdown outside the U.S. Capitol on October 4, 2013. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The level of satisfaction and commitment among federal workers has reached a new low. The Partnership for Public Service has conducted its job satisfaction survey for ten years and the current numbers are the lowest its ever seen with 57.8% of federal workers satisfied with their jobs.
Effective leadership was the major factor in determining job satisfaction. Other factors included consistency between the agency's mission and the employee's skills, salary, diversity, and the ability to balance work with one's personal life.
The 2013 Best Places to Work report also indicates a widening gap among public and private sector employees than in years past. The job satisfaction and commitment score for private sector employees rose to 70.7 percent this year.» Read More ...
nation -- December 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM EST
One Reddit user was lucky this year -- her Secret Santa was Bill Gates in Reddit's annual Christmas-time festivity. Photo by Flickr user Masaru Kamikura
Reddit's annual Secret Santa exchange is back in full swing this year, attempting to again break a Guinness World Record for largest online gift exchange. Reddit has already set that record twice, in 2011 and 2012, through its RedditGifts website. One of this year's big draws was that one of the (currently over 100,000) participants would be Microsoft chairman and philanthropist Bill Gates.
So what does somebody like Mr. Gates get somebody for a holiday exchange? The answer is a cow.» Read More ...
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