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March 12, 2014
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On Thursday, President Obama will reportedly direct the Labor Department to significantly broaden the number of American workers eligible for overtime pay. The new rules don't require congressional approval, but they won't take effect until after a public comment period. And there will be lots of comments.

Under the proposed rules, businesses would find it harder to avoid paying middle managers, shift supervisors, and other salaried "professional" workers overtime. The current rules were written by the George W. Bush administration in 2004. The new changes "would potentially shift billions of dollars' worth of corporate income into the pockets of workers," say Michael D. Shear and Steven Greenhouse at The New York Times.

The opponents and proponents of the measure fall along pretty predictable lines: The Chamber of Commerce, other business lobbyists, and conservative think-tanks are opposed to the change; labor unions and liberal economists think it's a great way to move some of the record corporate profits into the hands of workers. Jared Bernstein, the former chief economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, generally applauds the move, but he also makes an interesting point to The New York Times: "I think a potential side effect is that you may see more hiring in order to avoid overtime costs, which would be an awfully good thing right about now." Peter Weber

4:02 p.m. ET

Much has been said about the lack of substantial roles for women in Hollywood films — female characters are disproportionately underrepresented and hypersexualized, a 2013 study found. The issue goes far beyond who is directing the movie, too: A character is, after all, first conceived in a script. That's where Ross Putnam comes in.

Putnam is a producer who has created a Twitter account to highlight the fact that women are written as sexual objects right from the start. "These are intros for female leads in actual scripts I read. Names changed to JANE, otherwise verbatim... Apologies if I quote your work," Putnam writes in his bio.

Here is a look at some of the most telling of the bunch. Jeva Lange

3:26 p.m. ET

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina suspended her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, she announced Wednesday.

"While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," Fiorina said in a statement.

She fared poorly in both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. It didn't take long for the Democratic Party to weigh in on Fiorina's announcement. Julie Kliegman

3:02 p.m. ET

On Wednesday, Iranian state television aired previously unseen footage of the U.S. Navy crew members detained by Iranian authorities last month. In one of the video's segments, an unidentified sailor appears to be crying, red-eyed and seemingly wiping away tears with a tissue.

The footage was reportedly shot during the 16-hour period on Jan. 12 when 10 sailors were detained after two small U.S. navy boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territory. The Pentagon says that one of the boats was experiencing mechanical problems.

While previously released photos of the sailors showed them on their knees with their hands behind their heads, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration had thanked Iran for its "quick and appropriate response" and for providing the soldiers with "blankets and food and... their return to the fleet." The sailors' release was largely celebrated as a diplomatic victory.

However, The Washington Post reports, this new footage suggests that, despite being released unharmed the next day, the captured sailors' experience was "still stressful."

Watch the footage below. Becca Stanek

2:49 p.m. ET

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wouldn't be thrown by Michael Bloomberg entering the presidential race as an independent. In fact, he thinks it could help his party, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer it's "no skin off our back."

"Yeah, I don't really view it as a third party, I just view it as another Democrat," Priebus said Wednesday. "So you get two Democrats running and splitting their vote."

Priebus then cited some well-known actions of the former New York City mayor.

"He's been fighting and pounding away at Republicans for how long now?" Priebus said. "He wants to take all the guns away, he wants to tax Slurpees and sodas. The guy's a liberal Democrat."

Watch Priebus' full segment below. Julie Kliegman

2:07 p.m. ET
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As part of Amazon's ongoing quest to run every aspect of your life, the tech giant is testing a free sommelier consultation service. Customers can leave their number between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. and wait for a call from a licensed professional who can talk them through buying wine on Amazon, The Wall Street Journal reports.

For now, the service is only available in Japan, but Business Insider speculates Amazon will make the option available elsewhere. Julie Kliegman

1:42 p.m. ET
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Ben Carson evacuated New Hampshire hours before the primary, leaving his own election party to revel without him. Only, there wasn't actually much reveling: Beating only Jim Gilmore, Carson skidded into a dismal eighth place, which doesn't do much to stoke a celebratory spirit.

Consequently, the party was a bit of a bust. It peaked with 50 attendees and while the campaign had optimistically set up two bars, "neither was inundated," The Guardian reports. Even worse, "A woman working behind one [of the bars] spent much of her time knitting a blanket."

Carson's campaign manager, Bob Dees, stressed that there is no cause for concern. "We didn't throw the kitchen sink in here. He'll perform very well in South Carolina. He could easily be in the top three and above in South Carolina. He could easily win in South Carolina," Dees said. Jeva Lange

1:22 p.m. ET

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is reportedly suspending his presidential bid as early as Wednesday, after weak showings in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was ready with an uncouth analysis of the news:

The victim he references, surely, is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who came in fifth place in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, just days after Christie steamrolled him for repeating himself in a presidential debate. Julie Kliegman

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