February 2, 2014
Obama budget would fund public works program with tax on overseas profits: President Obama will unveil a $4 trillion budget Monday, featuring an ambitious public works program, a one-time tax on foreign profits kept overseas by corporations, tax credits for middle-class Americans, and a 1.3 percent pay raise for federal employees and troops. Read more here.
Biden to Dems: ‘We have turned a corner’: Vice President Biden implored House Democrats on Friday to quit their griping and embrace a party agenda that, he says, pulled the country from the recession. Read more here.
House Democrats’ new message on the economy: We told you so: The economy is rebounding on nearly every front, even if the middle class still needs help, and it’s time to tell that story loudly, top Democrats say. That’s the key to reversing their midterm election setbacks, according to a host of House Democrats, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, all of whom came to Philadelphia this week for pep talks and strategy sessions. Read more here.
How Dark Money Flows Through the Koch Network: This week, the Koch Brothers announced that they will inject nearly $900 million into the 2016 elections. In this interactive graphic, originally published in February 2014, we explored how money flows through the Koch’s tangled web. See the chart here.
Liberals live longer than conservatives, moderates: study: Researchers studied nearly 33,000 Americans from 1976 to 2008. Despite party lines, those who identified as liberal outlived moderates and conservatives, even when variables were adjusted. And independents were much less likely to die within the study period than nonindependent peers. Read more here.
More people lose out as middle class shrinks further: The middle class that President Barack Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last month as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century. Read more here.
Working Mom On Food Stamps Hits Back At Scott Walker’s Plan To Drug Test Her: “For [Governor Walker] to put another barrier in front of us is like saying we’re guilty, but we’re not guilty,” Smith told ThinkProgress. “It’s already hard to go down there and file for government assistance. We have to report in every day, fill out papers. Now I have to take the time out of my busy schedule to take a drug test? Come on!” Read more here.
Native American school children taunted with slurs, sprayed with beer at South Dakota hockey game: Some 57 charges of child abuse and assault reportedly will be filed against the drunken hockey fans who subjected 57 American Indian students to racially-charged taunts the included spraying the students with beer and lacing them with racial slurs, according to unnamed sources. Read more here.
Here’s How Much Less Women Make In Each State: If you’re a woman looking for equal pay for equal work, then you might want to steer clear of Louisiana and Wyoming. Those are two of the U.S. states with the biggest pay gaps between men and women, as seen in a new map from Expert Market, a site that helps businesses find equipment and services — though women’s pay lags significantly in every state. Read more here.
Teacher: I see the difference in educational privilege every day. I live it. I am disgusted by it.: Here is a post by a Colorado teacher who vividly explains the difference in the lives of fortunate students and the less fortunate students whom she teaches. Read more here.
A Comprehensive Guide to the Ridiculously Named PACs of 2016: Arguably more important than the clout political committees can bestow? Their names. Here, a look at 2016ers’ organizations—ranging from the absurdly patriotic to the blandly nonsensical. Read more here.
NY Federal judge slams Wells Fargo for forged mortgage docs: “… [T]he blank indorsement, upon which Wells Fargo is relying, was forged,” wrote Drain in a stinging rebuke to the bank. “Nevertheless it does show a general willingness and practice on Wells Fargo’s part to create documentary evidence, after-the-fact, when enforcing its claims, WHICH IS EXTRAORDINARY,” wrote Judge Drain with emphasis. Read more here.
Reports: Potential 2016 rivals McCrory, Cooper about even in campaign cash entering 2015: Their campaign committees disclosed fundraising totals for the final six months of 2014 on Friday, the deadline for candidates not on last year’s ballot. Read more here.
2 firms seek NC approval to test offshore oil, gas deposits: North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Friday one of the two companies starting the approval process for seismic testing wants to start as early as this spring. Read more here.
TriPol: Wake leaders agree on growth task force for schools: School board member Keith Sutton made the pitch for the new committee at this week’s joint meeting of the Board of Education and county Board of Commissioners. James West, the chairman of the commissioners, and County Manager Jim Hartmann were among the officials who praised the proposal as being needed at a time when Wake is growing by an average of 62 people a day. Read more here.
Study says Chatham Park could bring in $154 billion: Over the next 40 years, the planned Chatham Park development could generate $154 billion in spending statewide, including $80 billion in Chatham County alone. Read more here.
Guilford schools superintendent turns down raise: Since his first annual evaluation in 2009, Green has turned down about $100,000 in additional pay, board Chairman Alan Duncan said. Read more here.
At Stough Elementary in Raleigh, students learn in Mandarin: Eighteen students are enrolled in the Mandarin immersion program at Stough Elementary on Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh. The program began this year with students from the school’s neighborhood attendance area and will become a magnet next year, so students from across the county can apply to attend. Read more here.