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President Barack Obama couldn't escape the rough commute that greeted Washington commuters Wednesday caused by snowy conditions. It took the presidential motorcade about an hour and 14 minutes to travel between Andrews Air Force Base and the White House.

The Washington D.C. area is gearing up for what may be one of the worst winter storms in history. According to the National Weather Service, D.C., Baltimore, and other towns near those areas may get between 12 and 24 inches of snow. As the storm gets closer, meteorologists will have a better sense of exactly how much snow to expect; the amount of inches can increase or decrease depending on the strength. “This is going to be one for the record books,” said CNN meteorologist Tom Sater. Washington D.C. hasn’t received this much snow since the “Knickerbocker Storm” in 1922, which left 28 inches and took the lives of almost 100 people. On Wednesday, a light dusting of snow caused tons of traffic in D.C., and even President Obama couldn’t escape the chaos. His motorcade got stuck in traffic. “Departing at 7:26 p.m., President Obama’s motorcade made its way slowly from Joint Base Andrews to the White House through the snowy streets of suburban Maryland and Washington, D.C., stopping at most stoplights and easing its way through slow and crowded traffic, often employing sirens and flashing lights,” wrote Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason. Read more.

President Obama’s Plan for Climate Change Wins Victory

President Obama’s climate change agenda has taken major steps forward. On Thursday, a U.S. federal court denied a bid by 27 states to prevent his Clean Power Plan from coming to fruition. The plan calls for the reduction of carbon emissions from power plants by 2030 in efforts to overcome climate change. “We are confident that the plan will reduce carbon pollution and deliver better air quality, improved public health, and jobs across the country,” said the White House in a statement. Many states and business groups have taken legal action to stop the Obama administration’s plan. Despite the backlash from several states, The Clean Power Plan, implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency, has received widespread support amongst the National League of Cities, which represents over 19,000 U.S. cities. Read more.

Mariah Carey Gets Engaged

Songstress Mariah Carey will tie the knot again. Her beau James Packer, who has been dating Carey for less than a year, proposed to her last night with a reported 35 carat ring. “As soon as their friendship turned romantic, they have wanted to spend every moment together,” a source told E! News. “They have a connection that is unparalleled; it’s been a very beautiful experience for them both. If you spend even five minutes with them, you can’t help but believe in true love.” Both Carey and Packer have been married two times in the past. There is no word on a wedding date. Read more.

Study Shows Middle Class Still Affected by Recession

According to data collected by The Brookings Institution, working class Americans are hitting hard times financially due to the fact that their wages aren’t conducive to inflation. The study highlighted income inequality across the country. In Boston, the top five percent made 17.8 times more than the bottom. New Orleans has the second-highest income gap at 17.7 percent, and Atlanta followed at 17.5 percent. The data also showed that Americans spend nearly 30 percent of their income on housing. “It’s really about the poor losing ground rather than these upper-class households pulling away,” said Alan Berube, Deputy Director of Brooking’s metropolitan policy program. Income inequality has become a central issue in the 2016 presidential race. Read more.


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