California lawmakers, in a bid to let dads play a bigger parenting role in public, are pushing for baby-changing tables to be installed in men’s restrooms. They say the changes reflect shifting family dynamics, though the plan was criticized as yet another costly regulation on businesses. The 2 bills that would require businesses to give men equal access to baby-changing tables in their restrooms cleared the California state Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday. Currently, there is no federal or state law requiring buildings to provide changing tables in their bathrooms, and any business that does so installs them voluntarily.
Senate Republicans have blocked an election-year Democratic bill that would have raised the federal minimum wage. Good, as the bill was worded wrong. But clever Harry Reid voted no, just so he could bring it back for another vote later on.
In May, the House will vote on whether to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt for her role in the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, according to a memo released Friday by House Republicans. The memo from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the contempt vote would proceed unless Lerner agrees to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the targeting scandal.
The outgoing head of the Federal Air Marshal Service has signed an agreement that would suspend any disciplinary action that might result from an ongoing investigation into an alleged illegal gun-selling operation within the agency. The whole government is crooked.
Those in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline are urging a swift vote in the Senate to approve the project, which Obama is delaying, as environmentalists oppose the plan. Pipeline advocates in the Senate, who include several Democrats on the ballot next fall as well as Republicans, hold a clear majority. They also may command more than the 60 votes needed to overcome blocking tactics by opponents, but they appear to be short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed to override any veto by President Barack Obama.
And we are supposed to obey the law? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has improperly paid millions of dollars to Medicare Advantage organizations on behalf of illegal immigrants. Friday’s report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) revealed that for calendar years 2010 through 2012, CMS provided $26.2 million in improper payments to Medicare Advantage organizations for 1,600 “unlawfully present beneficiaries” — or nearly $16,375 per illegal immigrant.
There’s a Muslim organization that is targeting 7 Michigan residents who opposed plans for a major Islamic construction project in their neighborhood, and a legal team defending them alleges that the goal is to intimidate the project opponents and send a message to others. The case is being discussed by officials with the American Freedom Law Center, which is representing the people, whose names were withheld to protect their privacy.
On Monday, Republicans slammed Secretary of State John Kerry over saying Israel could become an “apartheid state,” with the No. 2 House leader saying he should apologize and a senator calling on him to resign. Kerry is a fool to begin with.
Wait for it folks, the administration is getting ready to rescue the failing Oregon state health care exchange, which has been hit by technical glitches from the start. On Friday, the Cover Oregon board will take up a recommendation made Thursday by a partial panel to hand over the state- run exchange to the federal government.
Hold on here, can’t Obummer’s clan make up their mind? They told Russia to back off, now that the infighting in the Ukraine has begun, they want Russia to diffuse the situation? Obummer, you can’t have it both ways. And to this point, no one has been able to prove that any Russian troops are in the Ukraine.