The Senate confirmed Sarah Bloom Raskin to be a Deputy Secretary of the Treasury by voice-vote Wednesday.
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Kerry said he will meet with Sergei Lavrov on Friday to try and "diffuse" mounting tensions.
Earlier Obama announced a plan to expand those eligible for overtime pay.
The financial regulator is cautioning investors about the risks of dealing with bitcoin.
At the same time, a key credit union advocate escalated their back-and-forth with the banking industry.
Online sales tax legislation, which has been shunted to the margins on Capitol Hill in recent months, is making a comeback on Wednesday.
The plan calls for winding down and eventually eliminating Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The president used a trip to the retailer to talk about upping the minimum wage.