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Republican Speaker Boehner has never met a billionaire he wouldn't take money from. Unfortunately not all of us can afford to buy his representation.

Ikea, the Sweden-based global retailer of flat-pack furniture, plans to announce Thursday that it will raise the average minimum wage for its U.S. retail employees by 17 percent, to $10.76 per hour, beginning next year. The company said it's overhauling how it determines wages for workers in each of its 38 U.S. stores, and will now base their minimum pay on what's considered to be a "living wage" in each local area, rather than on what competitors are paying. Washingtonpost.com