Politics

5:45pm

Sun June 29, 2014
Business

For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:14 am

States may have their own higher wage laws, but the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour.
AP

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has been $2.13 since 1991. That pay rate tends to get lost in the larger debate over whether to raise the national minimum wage for nontipped workers, which is $7.25 an hour.

In theory, the money from tips should make up the difference in pay — and then some. But according to a White House report, tipped workers are more than twice as likely as other workers to experience poverty.

Living On Tips

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9:26am

Sun June 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 1:33 pm

Children detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.
Eric Gay AP

President Obama will ask Congress for about $2 billion in emergency funds and for a change in the law in an effort to stem the tide of Central American immigrants flooding the Southern border, according to a White House official.

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7:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Politics

In The Battle To Host The 2016 GOP, It's Alt Country Vs. Rock

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:13 pm

Transcript

DON GONYEA, HOST:

Call it the first official contest of the 2016 presidential campaign. Sure, the election's a couple of years away. Nevertheless, we have a pair of finalists. They are cities hoping to host the Republican National Convention two summers from now. In this corner, Dallas, Texas.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BIG D")

FRANK LOESSER: (Singing)You're from Big D. My, oh, yes. I mean, big D, little A, double L, A, S.

GONYEA: And the other contender, hailing from the shores of Lake Erie...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BURN ON")

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5:26pm

Sat June 28, 2014
It's All Politics

8 Signs Obama Is Feeling Trapped In The Presidency

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:16 am

Sometimes you just need to pay for your own ice cream.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Past presidents have described the White House as "the crown jewel of the federal penal system" and "the great white jail." And lately, President Obama has been increasingly sending signals he's feeling claustrophobic in the presidential bubble.

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9:54am

Sat June 28, 2014
It's All Politics

Stunt Or Not, GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Will Fuel Both Sides

House Republicans argue the illegality of executive action signings, like one in April 2014 in which President Obama acted to close the gender compensation gap among federal contractors.
Susan Walsh AP

There might not be much legislation traveling down Pennsylvania Avenue for President Obama to sign, but there's plenty of back and forth over the president's use of executive power to act when Congress doesn't.

Week's end found Obama dismissing a lawsuit threatened by Speaker John Boehner, who alleges the president is violating the Constitution by exercising this often controversial power.

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