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Obama Pushing Federal Wage Increase

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Icing on the Cake

The number of federal workers earning at least $150,000 a year has reportedly increased tenfold in the past five years, but President Obama st ill wants an across-the-board federal wage increase.

Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz who opposes the idea told USA Today -- quote -- "It's stunning when you see what's happening to federal compensation. Every metric shows we're heading in the wrong direction."

The paper's analysis of data from the Office of Personnel Management shows that since 2000, federal workers' pay and benefits have increased at a rate 3 percent above inflation, versus eight-tenths of a point for private workers.

Those making at least $150,000 now make up nearly 4 percent of the federal workforce compared with less than a-half percent five years ago.

Rewriting History?

Some Republican lawmakers want an investigation after learning the White House rewrote a report on its Gulf oil drilling ban to imply that a group of scientists and engineers supported the move, which they did not.

Americans for Prosperity says -- quote -- "It is reprehensible that President Obama's administration would modify language in a government report to better suit their agenda."

The Interior Department says it did not mean to mislead and has apologized.

Tenant Tension

The man renting Rahm Emanuel's house in Chicago is reportedly now considering running against Emanuel for mayor. Businessman Rob Halpin tells the Chicago Tribune, "This has nothing to do with Rahm Emanuel."

When Emanuel left his job as White House chief of staff he offered Halpin compensation to break the brand new lease. Halpin's refusal to vacate could lead to a legal challenge over whether Emanuel has legal residency and can even run for mayor.