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Obama Grants 1% Pay Raise To Civilian And Military Employees

(Stan Honda, AFP/Getty Images / November 11, 2013) Also By Maeve Reston December 23, 2013, 7:53 p.m. HONOLULU President Obama issued an executive order Monday granting civilian and military employees a 1% pay raise in 2014. Military employees have received a raise each year that Obama has been in the White House , but civilian pay has been flat over the last three years as members of Congress have tangled over the budget and the federal deficit. On the campaign trail in 2010 and 2012, some Republicans targeted the pay scale of federal employees, suggesting that inflated government employment was contributing to the nations fiscal problems, although their salaries make up a small portion of the overall budget. But in recent months, Obama has heralded the growing strength of the economy, noting in his end-of-the-year news conference that our fiscal situation is firmer, with deficits that are now less than half of what they were when I took office. The president had outlined his plans for the raises in his budget plan this year. Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) called the cost-of-living adjustment a modest, but important step by the president. In the case of federal civilian employees, this will be the first cost-of-living adjustment since 2010, and given that these hardworking public servants have already contributed nearly $114 billion toward deficit reduction and some were furloughed as a result of the shutdown and the sequester, it is long overdue, Hoyer said in a statement.
More: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-federal-workers-pay-raise-20131223,0,6743994.story

Kim Kardashian style="clear:both">Obama Enrolls for Health Coverage, Won't Use It

The White House said the plan Obama chose will cost him less than $400 a month. The president's wife and daughters, who already have health care, did not enroll. Obama plans to keep paying the premiums at least thru the rest of his Presidency, according to the White House. Because of the president's income level and the fact that his job provides health care, he won't be eligible for tax subsidies that many lower-income Americans receive to offset the premium price. The president will pay the full premium himself.
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Obama Signs Order For 1 Percent Federal Pay Raise

Post to Facebook Wickham: Obama rights cocaine law disparity on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/JZF1Kl Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. 20 View reader contributions and add your own related to this story. Sign in now click here to share your story. Sign in with FacebookSign in with Google+ Be first to contribute Add Videos or PhotosBe first to contribute Add Videos or Photos You've contributed successfully to: Wickham: Obama rights cocaine law disparity Thanks! Check out your photo or video now, and look for it in USA TODAY online, mobile, and print editions.
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Wickham: Obama rights cocaine law disparity

Over the past five years, federal agencies have gone to great efforts to make government more transparent and more accessible than ever, http://darellumdj.wikispaces.com/The+Next+Kim+Kardashian%3F+Darth+Vader+Shows+Off+Mad+Selfie+Skills to provide people with information that they can use in their daily lives, and to solicit public participation in government decision-making and thus tap the expertise that resides outside of government, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement that echoes one he gave to POLITICO in May 2012. ( Also on POLITICO: Tech catches holiday shoppers in their tracks ) Schultz also noted the award Obama received from the organizers of Sunshine Week for this administrations historic improvements to the FOIA process. That award, delivered by some open government groups in 2011, http://bloggd.org/blog/v/5knf/Kim+Kardashian+Dons+See-through+Top%2C+Slams+Rumors+She+Waxed+North+West%E2%80%99s+Eyebrows%3A+%E2%80%98its+Pretty+Sick%E2%80%99 was presented at a closed-press Oval Office meeting. Obama won credit for his initial actions, but the luster has worn off, said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists. They took their reward up front, he said. They took all the praise during the campaign and in the first year of the administration, and then they were expected to deliver and the delivery has been uneven at best. The administrations efforts to rein in access to information are the most aggressive Ive seen since the Nixon administration, veteran Washington Post editor Len Downie wrote in the Committee to Protect Journalists report on challenges to press freedom in October. ( Also on POLITICO: Best celeb tweets on politics in 2013 ) Downie says White House officials sincerely believe they are more transparent, but are interpreting the term differently than many in the press corps. They really do believe that theyre transparent, he said in an interview.
More: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/barack-obama-white-house-transparency-101494.html

Team Obama Cashing Out

C.L. "Butch" Otter works the heels of a calf while team roping with the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association commissioner Karl Stressman at the Caldwell Night Rodeo in Caldwell, Idaho. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield, File) James Sensenbrenner Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis., left) holds a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on December 8, 2004 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Blaine Luetkemeyer WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Women's FIDE Master Sarah Chiang (L) shares chess tips with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) during a special event held at United States Capitol Building on April 18, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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Obama's albatross: Transparency

Plouffe "built a billion-dollar nationwide organization that inspired millions and made history," gushes the same Washington Speakers Bureau that represents Axelrod. He received a seven-figure advance to write his book The Audacity to Win, which became a best-seller, but now can be found in the bargain bin . Recently joined ABC News as an analyst. (Incidentally, William Daley, former Obama chief of staff, has just signed up with CBS, so the big three networks are covered.) Robert Gibbs Old gig: White House press secretary New gig: Formed the Incite Agency with ex-Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt. Gibbs, the agency's site reads, "has helped companies across a multitude of industries to create and implement communications strategies grounded in research and data" and describes him as a "core member of the team that built the Obama brand from the ground up." Clients include pharma behemoth Eli Lilly.
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