A.M. Links: Federal Employees Sue Government for Late Pay, Maine Police Chief Says No to Legal Marijuana, $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Wins in Seattle Suburb


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    Federal employees who worked during the government shutdown are suing the government for damages because they weren't paid on time. It would be so satisfying to watch the government fight itself if it weren't taxpayer dollars it was fighting over.

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged that enrollment figures for Obamacare for October  will be "very low." Only six people signed up on the first day of enrollment. The government's top healthcare IT official, meanwhile, has stepped down and is headed to the private sector.
  • Al Gore slammed the NSA's surveillance program and predicted it will be reined in. Let's hope that's more accurate than his weather predictions.
  • Despite the ordinance legalizing marijuana, the police chief of Portland, Maine says officers will still issue citations for possession. On the bright side, he also said reprimandning pot smokers is a low priority.
  • Backers have declared an initiative for a $15 hourly minimum wage at Seattle's Sea-Tac International Airport to be victorious.
  • Twitter Inc could face volatile trade in its debut Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange, but analysts remain enthusiastic after the money-losing social media company priced its IPO above the expected range.
  • Syrian troops have retaken a key rebel-held town south of Damascus, according to state-run media.

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