White House Quiet Mouse On Syria; Union Members Quit AFL-CIO Over Obamacare; Fed Employees Get 1 Percent Raise; Russia Warns Travelers On U.S. Extradition; Rodman’s ‘Friendly Gesture’ To Hermit Kingdom – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 9-3-2013

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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.

 

  • Even as President Obama prepares to commit an act of war in Syria, the White House has scaled back the public questioning it will tolerate about what the president is doing, holding only one televised briefing in the past seven days to justify the president’s position to the American people. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has all but disappeared, briefing reporters in any forum – televised or not – only once since holding an off-camera “gaggle” aboard Air Force One August 10. Source: White House Dossier…

 

  • In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation. Source: Breitbart…

 

  • President Barack Obama issued an alternative Federal pay plan late Friday, setting an across-the-board increase for civilian federal employees of 1 percent in 2014. The figure matches the amount the president requested in his fiscal 2014 budget proposal. Obama issued a separate plan providing 1 percent boost in monthly basic pay rates for military service members. “To call this raise inadequate is an understatement, but it is good news all the same,” said J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees. Source: Government Executive… 

 

  • Countries often issue travel advisories warning citizens of danger abroad: war, for instance, or a terrorist threat or an outbreak of disease. The Russian Foreign Ministry posted advice of a somewhat different nature on Monday, cautioning people wanted by the United States not to visit nations that have an extradition treaty with it. Source: The New York Times… 

 

  • Dennis Rodman said he isn’t going to North Korea to win the release of a jailed American. “I am just going there as a friendly gesture,” he said. The former NBA star has landed in North Korea on what he calls a mission to hang out with his friend, authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman first met Kim — a die-hard basketball fan — during a visit in February to promote the sport and make a film. Source: MSN… 

 

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