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Obama to expand sick pay for federal contractors with new executive order

ObamaPresident Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order Monday granting paid sick leave to hundreds of thousands of workers employed by federal contractors.

The order will require federal contractors to give employees up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. The policy, which begins with new federal contracts in 2017, will allow workers to use paid sick leave to care for themselves, family members and loved ones, and also applies to absences related to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.


Trump signs GOP loyalty pledge

Donald TrumpDonald Trump and Reince Priebus have a deal.

Trump has pledged to support the eventual Republican nominee, whoever that may be, the Republican front-runner and the chairman of the Republican National Committee announced at a press conference on Thursday.

The deal is a winner for Trump. In the short term, it clears the way for his name to appear on primary ballots and addresses the concerns of Republican voters turned off by his initial unwillingness to pledge his fealty to the party.


Petraeus prosecutor: Clinton committed no crime

Hillary Clinton: no criminal actionsFormer attorney general Michael Mukasey recently compared the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of State with former CIA director David Petraeus’ federal conviction for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified information.

As the former U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, I oversaw the prosecution of Gen. Petraeus, and I can say, based on the known facts, this comparison has no merit. The key element that distinguishes Secretary Clinton’s email retention practices from Petraeus’ sharing of classified information is that Petraeus knowingly engaged in unlawful conduct, and that was the basis of his criminal liability.


Top Jeb fundraisers leave campaign amid troubling signs

Jeb BushThree top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy, POLITICO has learned.

There are different versions of what transpired. The Florida-based fundraising consultants — Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Aleksander — have said that they voluntarily quit the campaign and were still working with Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise Super PAC. Others said the three, who worked under the same contract, were let go because they were no longer needed for the current phase of the campaign.


Racist flier urges Detroit suburb to vote for white candidates

Racist fliers in MachiganFliers urging voters to elect white candidates have outraged residents of Southfield, a predominantly black Detroit suburb. The fliers also praise George Zimmerman for his slaying of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, calling the youth a “thug."

It remains unknown who distributed the leaflets, which appeared over the weekend, but police are looking for who distributed the offending papers. Southfield is a predominantly black community.


With billions set to flood presidential race, campaign finance laws wilt

Campaign 2016In the four weeks after Jeb Bush announced his run for president, his campaign raised more than $11 million in donations, an impressive haul.

That figure is dwarfed, however, by the eye-popping $108 million in unlimited contributions raised through his super PACs, which began soliciting donations five months before he officially entered the race. This novel precampaign fundraising strategy allowed him to ask donors personally for precisely the kinds of no-limit contributions that federal campaign finance laws forbid candidates from accepting.


Undercover Republican Goes Hillary-Hunting in Clinton Library

HillaryHe arrives at the large glass building each day at 9 a.m. on the dot, walks past two giant animatronic dinosaurs, and goes through security.  For the rest of the day, he’s behind enemy lines.

In some ways the dinosaurs—part of a temporary exhibit at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library—are fitting, since he spends his day looking into the past.  Hillary Clinton’s past, to be exact.

He is a staffer for the Republican National Committee—the only one dispatched to Arkansas to wade through the Clinton archives. He spends his days looking for contradictions, embarrassments, and outright hypocrisy nestled within the hundreds of boxes stored there.


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