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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hot people are more likely to support right-wing parties because they are stronger and more successful than their more liberal peers, apparently.

That's according to a study carried out by Rolfe Daus Peterson, a political scholar from Susquehanna University and Carl Palmar, assistant professor in politics at Illinois State University. The researchers claim that never before has the effects of physical attractiveness on politics been examined on this level and that there is "good reason to believe that individuals' physical attractiveness may alter their political values and worldviews".

They said that their findings prove attractive people tend to lean towards the right because they have better social skills and are more popular, competent and intelligent due to the "halo effect" - an idea that bias and stereotypes influence the way people judge others. read more


Connecticut mayors grappling with rising retirement costs and sinking economies this week issued a distress signal to lawmakers in Hartford: Save us from our public unions. The conference of municipalities implored the state to end collective-bargaining for pensions and health-care benefits as well as limit binding arbitration when unions and local politicians deadlock during contract negotiations. This usually results in a sweet deal for the unions. "We're suggesting it's very difficult in the state of Connecticut under the current labor agreements and under binding arbitration," said Waterbury mayor Neil O'Leary, a Democrat. His town's health care and pension costs make up 30% of its budget. read more


Friday, January 26, 2018

FedEx announced wage increases, employee bonuses and pension funding on Friday, citing the new Republican-backed tax-reform plan. The company announced that two-thirds of $200 million in increased compensation will go to hourly employees, while the remainder will be put toward performance-based incentive plans for salaried employees. FedEx also said $1.5 billion will be put toward the company's pension plan and another $1.5 billion would go toward expanding the company's hub in Indianapolis. "FedEx believes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will likely increase [gross domestic product] and investment in the United States," the company said on its website. read more


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sen. Ron Johnson, Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has released a smattering of texts from the communications between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, former members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team. On Friday, the Department of Justice delivered 384 pages of text messages -- roughly 9,000 texts -- of their texts to Congress. In a discussion about the special counsel's Russia investigation into any ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia, Page, in a text on May 19, 2017, mentions the "different realistic outcomes of this case," according to the records released by Johnson. "You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I'd be there, no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern there's no big there," Strzok responded, according to Johnson. read more


Monday, January 22, 2018

Party leaders and rank-and-file senators spent all day Sunday haggling over a deal to reopen the government. But Washington's painful shutdown will nonetheless drag into Day Three. Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the chamber would vote on a plan at noon Monday to fund the government through Feb. 8.

In an attempted concession to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, McConnell said he would take up legislation to protect some young immigrants from deportation if a deal to address their status is not reached by the time funding expires in early February.

But Democrats were not willing to call it a deal, even as McConnell implored Democrats to vote Sunday night to reopen the government. "The shutdown should stop today," he said. read more


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