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Norton Proposes Bill To Get Back Pay For Federal Contractors

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced legislation to get back pay for some federal contractors impacted by the shutdown. Federal workers already received back pay from when they were locked out of their jobs. Not so for most contractors. Norton's bill doesn't apply to all contractors, just low-wage workers in all three branches of government.

It's aimed at retail, food, custodial and security service workers who were furloughed. Many of them make minimum wage, and Norton maintains they have no way to recoup their lost earnings. She says many other contractors, such as people in the defense field, were able to avoid taking a pay cut during the shutdown through rearranging vacation days and doing training seminars.

The legislation now has 11 cosponsors.


Historic Art, Luxury Apartments Battle Over Berlin's Famous Wall

A stretch of the old Berlin Wall has stood for decades as an open-air gallery, covered in fine art and graffiti. Bids for luxury developments in the area have artists hitting the streets in protest.

Mark Bittman Is Stepping Down, But He Still Has More To Say About Food

One of the most influential food writers in recent years is leaving his job at The New York Times — to join a California food startup. "This is a calling, in a way," he says.

Nancy Pelosi On The 'Awesome Power' Of The House Speakership

The House's upcoming agenda can "be one that is a successful path to the future or it can be a calendar of chaos, and that really is up to the Republicans," Pelosi said.

#MemeOfTheWeek: That Article From The Onion About Mass Shootings

The article reveals what the writers really feel about mass shootings in America, something mainstream media couldn't do.

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