With polls showing 71 percent of Americans in favor of raising the minimum wage, Democrats in at least 30 states are sponsoring bills proposing wage hikes. Five states passed minimum wage measures last year.
Under the 'Pay Our Military Act' passed just before the government shutdown, most Pentagon civilians are considered essential to military readiness. Defense Secretary Hagel is ordering them back to work.
Secretary Hagel spent much of the day following the Navy Yard shooting collecting input to help define the parameters of the review, which could be announced Wednesday, a senior Pentagon official said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says that sexual assault allegations in the military are so alarming that they could hurt the Pentagon's ability to recruit and retain 'the good people we need.' Critics are pushing for reform.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the moves will 'fundamentally change' Pentagon's prosecution of sexual assault cases. Service members who don't report sexual assaults often say they have little faith that perpetrators will be brought to justice.