National Headlines 2-18-14

Minimum wage hike would kill a half-million jobs: CBO (Washington Times)

White House: Dems won’t lose Senate (The Hill)

New Jersey Democrat Holt Announces Plan to Retire From Congress (Bloomberg)

U.S. launches push to gain release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl (CNN)

Billionaire Steyer Enlists Donors for $100 Million Climate Cause (Bloomberg)

Mixed Results in U.S. Study of Increasing Minimum Wage (New York Times)

Obama seeks new fuel efficiency rules to cut truck pollution (Los Angeles Times)

Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result (Seattle Times)

Chris Christie denies talking about bridge closure with cop (CBS News)

Abbott welcomes Nugent, but ducks divisive remarks (Miami Herald)

New York City teachers union president proclaims back pay is ‘a big issue’ (New York Daily News)