Saturday, August 23 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:45:44 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.Full Story >
Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to...Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:35:39 GMT
Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.Full Story >
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:48:18 GMT
Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed...Full Story >
Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.Full Story >
The minimum wage continues to be one of the most hotly debated topics of the new year.
President Obama and Congressional democrats want to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016. Speaker of the House John Boehner and the GOP maintain that the hike would be a jobs killer.
Democrats can cite various reports from well respected economists that find no negative impact on jobs, including those released by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, The Economic Policy Institute, and The Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Meanwhile, republicans can turn to a number of reports that back their claim, including those from The Heritage Foundation, The American Legislative Exchange Council and the American Enterprise Institute. However, if you take a closer look at these organizations you can't help but notice that the groups that are critical of raising the minimum wage are all decidedly conservative -- while those predicting no negative impact lean to the left.
On Tuesday, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its own study on the impact of raising the minimum wage. Unfortunately, the report did little to settle the argument.
Democrats were quick to point to the report's findings that 16.5 million people would see more money in their paychecks, while republicans were just as eager to point to the 500-thousand jobs the CBO says will be lost as a result of the hike.
A Congressional vote is expected sometime in the next month, but the bottom line is this: The minimum wage remains an issue firmly divided along party lines, and isn't likely to go up anytime soon.
Friday, August 22 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:17:39 GMT
Portland city leaders are considering a plan to build tiny houses for homeless people to help get them off the streets. The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at TheFull Story >
The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at The Caravan Tiny House Hotel in northeast Portland.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:18:15 GMT
Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here.Full Story >
Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here. Full Story >