President Obama's newly released tax return shows his effective income tax rate was 18.4 percent last year. He'll likely pay a somewhat higher rate in 2013, and that tax bill would be even bigger if Congress were to adopt the recommendations in the president's own budget, unveiled this week.
A new immigration bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate next week, calling for better border security and a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the United States without legal status.
One big hurdle toward that was cleared this week when the United Farm Workers reached a deal with growers that would address wages and caps the number of visas allowed for new workers.
Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 7:19 am
So who exactly comprises Progress Kentucky, the superPAC linked to the surreptitious recording of a meeting at Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign headquarters? In the recording, an aide is heard disparaging actress Ashley Judd, who was then considering a Senate run to challenge the Senate's top Republican.
This week marked a new step in Michelle Obama's evolution as first lady. In her hometown of Chicago, she delivered one of the most emotional speeches of her career — about kids dying from gun violence.
"I'm not talking about something that's happening in a war zone halfway around the world," she said. "I am talking about what's happening in the city that we call home."
Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 5:43 pm
Joining the Senate, the House of Representatives approved a measure today that repeals a requirement that top government officials post financial disclosures on the Internet.
The House, like the Senate, acted quietly without a vote. Instead, they sent the measure to the president's desk by unanimous consent.
The provision was part of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (Stock), which became law in March of 2012. The act was intended to stop members of congress from profiting from nonpublic information.
It's our 2nd week in a row to feature an '80's Athens, GA favorite for our Spindale Cycle. This time it's the premier Southern rock/jamband, with their debut full-length. Revered as their best -- or at least an essential collection -- by many fellow Spreadheads, Space Wrangler was released in 1988 on the tiny Landslide Record label, before graduating to Capricorn. Celebrate John Bell's 4/14 birthday with an hour of Panic this Monday!
This week, JJ Grey & Mofro release their 7th album, and they're tighter than ever. Call it southern rock, swamp funk, Memphis soul, North Florida blues....or maybe they've coined a new one here, the Florabama sound. As for the stories in the songs, Grey says: “Many of the new songs are about being your own worst enemy, and about normal folks pushing themselves over the edge.” We'll spin each of the tunes over the course of Thursday night.
April 18-20, 2013: Listen for your opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues 7th Annual Cornbread & Collard Greens Festival on Saturday, April 27 at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC.