Putin Gives Obama His ‘Chicken Kiev’ Moment; Obama Picks On Israel; Going Green Costs Some Green In D.C.; Jeb Bush The ‘Goldilocks’ GOP Candidate?; The Minimum Wage Blitz – Monday Morning News Roundup 3-3-2014

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • In the dying days of the Soviet Union, President George H.W. Bush gave a speech in Kiev urging Ukrainian nationalists not to provoke Moscow. U.S. conservatives dubbed it his “chicken Kiev” speech. Having long since been branded America’s appeaser-in-chief, President Barack Obama now confronts his own chicken Kiev moment. Can Mr. Obama stand up to Vladimir Putin, the Russian fox circling the chicken coop? It is unclear whether he has the will and the skill – let alone the means – to do so. Source: Financial Times… 

 

  • When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House today, President Barack Obama will tell him that his country could face a bleak future – one of international isolation and demographic disaster – if he refuses to endorse a U.S.-drafted framework agreement for peace with the Palestinians. Obama will warn Netanyahu that time is running out for Israel as a Jewish-majority democracy. Source: Bloomberg…

 

  • Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by the Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good. The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • The 2016 presidential election is Jeb Bush’s now-or-never-moment. As other potential GOP standard-bearers have been hit by scandal or seen their luster fade, many Republicans desperately want the former Florida governor to get in the race. His allies say he is considering it more seriously than ever before. They believe he could be their Goldilocks candidate: Not too conservative, not too centrist; not too dull, not too unpredictable; not too inexperienced, and not too marred by scandal. In fact, just right. Source: The Hill… 

 

  • President Obama will make the case for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour in New Bristol, Connecticut on Wednesday, a day after presenting his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. House Republicans have opposed raising the minimum wage, claiming that doing so would hurt employers. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lift about 900,000 people out of poverty and would cost around 500,000 jobs. Source: Reason…

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