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Staffers Stand to Lose Health Benefits?

blogs.rollcall.com — Who said there was no drama in government work? How about when staffer health care benefits are coming under fire from lawmakers? Seems odd that the men and women trusted to run the government want to yank insurance coverage from their own staff, who largely make approximately 20 percent less than the competitive wages for their work.
RT @Beckgale: #Hillnavigator responds to @ha_nah_nah's article. Staffer Benefits Under Fire -From Members of Congress | roll.cl/1gRIZOk
RT @ha_nah_nah: No drama in gov't work? How about when staffer health care benefits come under fire from lawmakers? blogs.rollcall.com/hill-navigator… via @beckgale
No drama in gov't work? How about when staffer health care benefits come under fire from lawmakers? blogs.rollcall.com/hill-navigator… via @beckgale

Durbin Tweets Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field - Doesn't Mention the Lights

blogs.rollcall.com — The celebration of Wrigley Field's 100th birthday wouldn't be complete without hearing from the senior senator from Illinois. Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin Tweeted his congratulations Wednesday afternoon: Happy 100th birthday to Wrigley Field @Cubs.
RT @rollcall: Durbin Tweets Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field — Doesn’t Mention the Lights | roll.cl/1lFG5zx via @nielslesniewski
RT @hsanchez128: Durbin Tweets Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field — Doesn’t Mention the Lights via @nielslesniewski cc @meredithshiner roll.cl/1f6HyjU
Durbin Tweets Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field — Doesn’t Mention the Lights via @nielslesniewski cc @meredithshiner roll.cl/1f6HyjU
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DC Ducks Meets Roll Call After Dark

blogs.rollcall.com — "There's a lot of things you can do wrong," said Capt. Bob, the DC Ducks skipper responsible for 19 souls in "Rubber Duck" as it glided along the waterways of the Potomac, with Roll Call After Dark at the wheel.

Senator John Boozman Begins Heart Surgery Recovery; Family Hopeful

blogs.rollcall.com — The family of Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is hopeful and looking forward to the next stage of the senator's recovery following his emergency heart surgery for an acute aortic dissection Tuesday. "We appreciate the prayers, kind words and well-wishes that have come from Arkansans and people all across the country," the family said in a statement.

April Will Be First Month With CO2 Levels Above 400 PPM

Obama's Drug Clemency Push Slammed by GOP Chairman

blogs.rollcall.com — House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte ripped President Barack Obama's new plans to grant clemency to potentially thousands of nonviolent drug offenders Wednesday. The Virginia Republican says Congress, not the president, should determine the length of sentences. But the president has absolute authority under the Constitution to issue pardons - though Obama has to date used that authority sparingly.

Matthew Segal Prepares SiriusXM Rollout

hoh.rollcall.com — Part of the reason 20-something pundit Matthew Segal accepted the challenge of hosting "OurTime with Matthew Segal," a temporary radio show SiriusXM plans to air on weekends, is because he wants to cut through all the rhetoric Washington insiders typically regurgitate when confronted with a microphone.

Charleston Gazette Endorsements Need a Little Perspective

blogs.rollcall.com — Stop the presses! The Charleston Gazette, West Virginia's largest newspaper, has endorsed both Democratic Senate hopeful Natalie Tennant and Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, a Democrat in the 3rd District. Tennant will face Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., in November in an open-seat contest, while Rahall will face Evan Jenkins, a former Democrat who switched parties to run against the 19-term congressman.

John Boozman Has Emergency Heart Surgery

blogs.rollcall.com — Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. is undergoing emergency heart surgery. His office confirmed a report from the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, but did not provide any further details other than to note in a statement that he "is receiving excellent care." "Additional updates will be provided by his Senate office once more information is available," the statement said.
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Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion a Great Deal for States

wonkwire.rollcall.com — Center on Budget and Priorities: "Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates released last week show that health reform's Medicaid expansion, which many opponents wrongly claim will cripple state budgets, is an even better deal for states than previously thought. CBO has sharply lowered its estimates of the costs to states of adopting the Medicaid expansion."
It's hard to see how so-called fiscal conservative governors don't support Medicaid expansion in their states wonkwire.rollcall.com/2014/04/23/oba…
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Wealthiest Americans Outpace World as Middle Class Lags Behind

wonkwire.rollcall.com — New York Times: "While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades." "After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada - substantially behind in 2000 - now appear ...

A Medicaid Expansion Success Story

wonkwire.rollcall.com — According to National Journal's Health Care Edge newsletter, "Arkansas' privatized version of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion - seen as a model for other red states - seems to be working. Nearly 70 percent of eligible residents signed up for the program within the first six months, the state Department of Human Services said.