A new piece of legislation, if passed, will penalize low-income families in Tennessee by reducing their welfare benefits if their child performs poorly in school.
Sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville)and Rep. Vance Dennis (R-Savannah), the bill “requires the reduction of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) payments for parents or caretakers of TANF recipients whose children fail to maintain satisfactory progress in school.” read more
Arkansas Republicans have officially overridden Democratic Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of legislation that would require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot.
The Arkansas House voted 52-45 to override the veto Monday. Last week, the GOP-led Senate voted 21-12 to override it. Because of Arkansas law, only a simple majority is needed in each chamber in order to override a veto. read more
President Obama is under fire for the sermon he heard at St. John's Episcopal Church on Easter Sunday, with Rush Limbaugh suggesting the president may have inspired the supposedly racist rhetoric from the pastor.
A handful of conservative media outlets jumped on the remarks that Rev. Luis Leon delivered during Sunday's service, in which he complained to the congregation about the religious right. read more
Just as Sally Ride made space travel a viable aspiration for young girls with their eyes on the stars, Barbara Walters allowed aspiring young female journalists to believe they too go tête-à-tête with the world's biggest leaders and brightest stars, which is why the news of Barbara Walters impending retirement has so many reminiscing about her trailblazing career. read more
Former President George W. Bush is preparing to unveil his $500 million presidential library next month in Dallas, and it sounds like the former president is hoping he can rewrite history to help rehabilitate his tarnished image. read more
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Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young issued an apology Friday afternoon after taking heat from his Republican leadership for referring to Latino farm workers as "wetbacks" in an interview with an Alaska public radio station Thursday read more
As his party is in the midst of a on-going minority outreach campaign, Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young gave an interview Thursday to local radio station KRBD in which he referred to Latino farm workers as "wetbacks."
Asked about bringing jobs back to America, Young recalled the workers on his father's farm in California, where he grew up.
“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” he said. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.” read more