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08

Apr

the madness ends..

March Madness ended last night when UConn defeated Kentucky 60-54.  It’s a sad time for many of us as we shift our focus back to the rest of life.

For those who may not have followed along but still want to have something to talk about with their friends and colleagues that are already counting down to Selection Sunday 2015 (341 days…) here are some quick facts about the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

The tournament was full of upsets and surprises for everyone, including the President Barack Obama… 

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2014/story/_/id/10630406/louisville-michigan-st-arizona-florida-president-barack-obama-final-four

A 7-seed has never before made it to the final game

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24516155/connecticut-the-first-7-seed-to-play-for-the-title-will-face-no-8-kentucky

there are twin brothers on the Kentucky team - Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

http://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2014/4/7/5590724/kentucky-wildcats-andrew-aaron-harrison-national-championship-game-uconn

Aarron Harrison had game winning shots against Michigan (elite 8) and Wisconsin (final 4)

http://www.cbssports.com/video/player/collegebasketball/211661891537/0/aaron-harrisons-3-sends-kentucky-to-the-final-four

http://college-basketball.si.com/2014/04/05/wisconsin-badgers-kentucky-wildcats-final-four-national-championship/ 

UConn’s coach has only been there for 2 years

http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/ollie_kevin00.html

And it seems that UConn is a little grumpy about not making the tournament last year… 

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/shabazz-napier-interview-ncaa-connecticut-huskies-hungry-ban/?sf24768445=1

Hope this helps at the water cooler and in the break room today at work! 

03

Apr

Senators and Congressmen spoke at the AFL-CIO rally to raise the minimum wage and called out Congressional Republicans who oppose it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, Rep. George Miller of Calif., and Sen. Al Franken of Minn., were vocal about their support of minimum wage workers and the associated social and political obstacles ahead.

Still, the Democrats at the rally were confident they are on the side of the American people. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called out Republicans who oppose raising the minimum wage, and even want to lower it. “Nothing could be further from the mainstream,” He said.

According to Gallup about 75 percent of Americans support raising the minimum wage.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi commanded that raising minimum wage is about helping working women and that raising minimum wage will help American families. 

Although democrats are confident about their plight, the greatest obstacles are gaining results politically. 

Sen. Tom Harkin painted the scenario from his view, “If you went to any normal politician seeking re-election, and you said, ‘I’ve got an issue here, that polls like this: 73 percent of the American people support it, 71 percent of Independents support this issue, 90 percent of Democrats, even 53 percent of Republicans…’ You throw out that issue to most politicians and they would say, ‘give me that issue…I’d like to vote on it!’”

“Well that’s the polling for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour,” Harkin continued, “but the Republicans are high bound by their ideology. …You know what I say?…Let them take that ideology and let them lose in November.”

(Taryn Galbreath/MEDILL)

House Foreign Affairs Comm. Approves Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act

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Beyonce may have said it best most recently.

“Who run the world?”

“Girls.”

After the addition of two amendments, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved HR 3583, also known as the Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act, to give improved scholarship aid to women on Thursday.

The bipartisan bill requires the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to award at least half of its merit-based scholarships in Pakistan to women.

“We made it a priority for the U.S., now we need to make it a priority abroad,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., who cited the statistic that 600 million women worldwide are illiterate – more than twice the number of men.  

The legislation is named after Yousafzai, a 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by Taliban after standing up to defend her right to an education. 

“I hope these scholarships will bring many more Malalas,” said Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla.  

Frankel added an amendment to the bill requiring recipients of the scholarships to commit to working within their community as a way to “pay it forward.”

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The bill markup followed a two-hour hearing about women’s education in the Middle East. Women’s rights experts testified about the importance of educating girls at a young age and continuing the support throughout higher education.

(Homa Bash/MEDILL)

WASHINGTON — AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee offered a tutorial Thursday on how important a higher minimum wage is for working women.
Did you know two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women?
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler said, “Anything lower than $10.10 is not enough.” (Emily Nelson/MEDILL)

WASHINGTON — AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee offered a tutorial Thursday on how important a higher minimum wage is for working women.

Did you know two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women?

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler said, “Anything lower than $10.10 is not enough.”
(Emily Nelson/MEDILL)

02

Apr

First lady Michelle Obama plants broccoli and Lincoln oats in the White House Kitchen Garden with local students Dynasty Meade and Silas Stutz. (Elissa Nadworny/MEDILL)

17

Mar

What MOTH reporters will miss most about DC

Running on the National Mall 

DC, In Depth

As Medill on the Hill draws to a close, reporters are finishing up longer enterprise stories. A roundup of the stories published today: 

The Day in Graphics

Graphic by Preetisha Sen

Graph by Sophia Bollag 

Graphic by Ellen Garrison 

MOTH newsroom goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

#McConnelling with Medill on the Hill

Last week, a wordless campaign ad of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went viral when The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart created the art of #McConnelling — dubbing other songs over the two-and-a-half-minute video. Here are some of the best #McConnelling videos from MOTH reporters:

Quote of the Day

11

Mar

Russia’s social media war on Ukraine