Sunday Show Round Up: Politicians, Military Leaders Talk Egyptian Coup

Egyptians debate the state of their country, while US lawmakers question continuing to provide the nation with financial aid
(State of the Union)

Lawmakers and top officials took to the Sunday Shows to debate the situation in Egypt and the United States’ role moving forward as the unrest grows. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs Chairman, focused on the importance of a “stable” Egypt.

Drill Baby Drill

Report cited by Obama in SOTU calls for expanded offshore drilling, drilling in ANWR
Arctic Drill Ship / AP

A report cited by President Obama during this week’s State of the Union address as a possible basis for national energy policy also calls for increased offshore drilling and oil production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)—two policies the administration has opposed.

Unions Back Wage Hike

Report: Minimum wage increases trigger raises in union contracts
AP

President Barack Obama’s proposal to increase the minimum wage will give a boost to union members who already earn more than the current federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

Destroying Jobs to Save Them

Few poor workers will benefit from minimum wage hikes, economists say
AP

President Barack Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour during his State of the Union despite concerns from some economists that it would deflate an already weak economic recovery.

Cyber Threat Mounts

Cyber commander says weak U.S. infrastructure is vulnerable to major electronic attacks
Gen. Keith Alexander / AP

The commander of the U.S. Cyber Command said on Wednesday that critical infrastructure like power grids and financial networks are weak and need to be strengthened against cyber attacks.

Abolish the SOTU Response

A no-win scenario

The out-party’s response to a presidential State of the Union address is the Kobayashi Maru of American politics: an un-winnable scenario. There is simply no way for a given sacrificial lamb, Republican or Democrat, speaking in English or Spanish, to equal the stature of the most powerful man in the world addressing a joint session …