Week of January 19, 2015 – January 25 , 2015
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WESTERN JOURNALISM – Here’s The Surprising News About Missing MH370 That Just Made Passenger Families Break Down -01/29
More than 10 months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished — after an exhaustive search in which 25 countries participated with equipment, supplies and financial support — Malaysian authorities have issued an official statement about the fate of the missing airliner. The country’s Department of Civil Aviation says the disappearance of the Boeing 777 was an “accident,” all 239 people aboard MH370 are presumed dead, and the search for survivors has been called off.
The Hill – GOP moves to oust budget ref - 01/28
Republicans on the Budget Committee are interviewing candidates to replace Douglas Elmendorf as head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), according to four people with direct knowledge of the process. While GOP leaders haven’t publicly confirmed the plan to boot Elmendorf from the nonpartisan office, Republicans have approached several potential candidates about stepping in, sources say. They also say the search is moving toward an end and that Republicans already have a short list of candidates.
NEWSMAX – Koch Brothers Budget $889 Million for 2016 -01/27
Freedom Partners, the political operation run by the Koch brothers, has budgeted $889 million for its political activities in the 2016 election, donors were told at the group’s meeting in California over the weekend. The Washington Post reports that the move is part of a strategy to build on its 2014 victories that may include getting involved in the Republican primaries. The Koch-backed group’s budget would rival the $1 billion that each of the two major parties expects to spend on 2016, making it a significant political force.
- CONSERVATIVE BYTE – Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion - 01/27
Obama will most certainly pardon him to avoid the embarrassment. Check it out: Seven months after the military began an investigation into the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his capture by the Taliban, which held him for five years, a new report indicates Army officials have determined Bergdahl — for whom the administration traded five top Gitmo-held terrorists — will be charged as a deserter.
THE HILL – ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT 01/26
Bid to end Keystone debate fails – The Senate on Monday failed to end debate on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, making it likely that a final vote on the measure won’t take place until next week. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate fell six votes short of the 60 needed to end debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no, a procedural move that allows him to bring up the motion again.
THE HILL – ‘Historic’ Northeast blizzard brings House to a halt -01/26
The House has canceled votes for Monday evening due to the snowstorm that is set to slam the Northeast. Originally, the House was to consider six bills to combat human trafficking, but with the National Weather Service issuing blizzard warnings from coastal New Jersey to Maine, lawmakers were having trouble making it back to Washington.Republicans are also delaying a vote on a controversial border security bill that had been scheduled for Wednesday. The bill, which is no longer on this week’s schedule, would require the Department of Homeland Security to prevent all illegal crossings into the United States within five years.
DAILY SIGNAL – Union Membership Rate Falls to 100-Year Low – 01/26
New information from the federal government suggests workers’ interest in unions continues to fall, with union membership reaching its lowest rate in 100 years. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, the union membership rate fell to 11.1 percent, with just 14.6 million wage and salaried workers maintaining membership. In 2013, the union membership rate was 0.2 percentage points higher, at 11.3 percent. The rate of union membership has been on a steady decline over the past three decades. It grew slightly from 12.1 percent in 2007 to 12.4 percent in 2008. During President Obama’s first year in office, however, it fell once more.