• The Bottom Line

    In his State of the Union address on Tuesday President Obama rolled out a series of new policy proposals covering a range of both economic and social issues. Many of you had questions about the details of these policies- how they would work, what they would cost and what is the political outlook for these proposals in the Congress?

    Patricia Shaw tweeted: How long would it take to increase federal minimum wage? Would this cause wages to increase across the board?

    Kerry Wargo wrote in on Facebook: I am interested in his idea to make preschool available to all children. I would like to know more specifics on this. It's a great idea. Thanks!

    And Tootsie Lamere sent me a question fitting for Valentine’s Day. She asked: What's it like living with a comedian since you are so serious? Does she take some of the edge off the political monotony?

    Thanks for the great questions everyone, and please keep them coming on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to tune in to “Good Morning

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    Why does Champagne need a sheriff? And how can we get that job? Director of the Champagne Bureau -- a U.S. group that represents grape growers and winemakers in Champagne, France -- did not divulge the secrets to securing his job, but says Champagne does need a policeman of sorts.

    "We want to make sure the world, and consumers around the world, understand that Champagne only comes from Champagne," says Sam Heitner, director of the group.

    Champagne is a region about 90 miles northeast of Paris, France. About 15,000 growers and 300 houses, says Heitner, come together in a community to make the wine that is known as Champagne. Only three grapes are allowed in the exclusive, bubbly wine: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier.

    When a menu includes, say, California Champagne -- as was the case on the Inaugural menu -- Heitner's group takes notice.

    "We are really supportive of truth in labeling," says Heitner, "ensuring consumers know where their wine comes from." In other words, if

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  • Congressman paralyzed by gun showcases victims of gun violence at State of the Union

    Politics Confidential

    Congressman Jim Langevin, D-R.I., persuaded 40 of his colleagues to give up their ticket to the State of the Union to a person affected by gun violence. The Democratic congressman says he was motivated by the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

    "It had a profound effect on the entire country," says Langevin. "My concern was that the news cycle moves on after a period of time and we're onto other things, and I don't want us to lose focus on the tragedy of Newtown."

    "We need to act and we need to keep the pressure on, we need to keep the focus on."

    The Rhode Island congressman is himself a victim of an accidental gun shooting. As a 16-year-old, Langevin was shot while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program. A weapons expert handling a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, not realizing a round rested in the chamber, pulled the trigger, bouncing a bullet off a metal locker and striking the teenager in the neck, severing his spinal

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