What we’re watching: Tue., Dec. 20, 2011


Democrats say there’s no chance of them caving in to House Republicans over the payroll tax holiday.  President Obama and Democratic leaders disappointed liberals when they agreed to extend the Bush tax rates a year ago and accepted significant spending cuts to raise the debt limit.

This time Senate Democrats are standing firm.  They feel confident that if payroll taxes increase, unemployment benefits expire and doctors see their Medicare payments get cut, the backlash will hit House Republicans, not them.

Fully 1.6 million children in the United States — one in 45 kids — were homeless last year, living in shelters, cars, abandoned buildings and parks, a National Center on Family Homelessness study released Monday found. 

Of the children affected, 42 percent were under the age of six, and a third of them were living with single mothers with chronic illnesses, the study found.

Cassie Wright, the current president of the University of Texas College Republicans, allegedly sent out an offensive tweet on Sunday that read, “My president is black, he snorts a lot of crack. Holla. #2012 #Obama”

Although the “crack” post came from what appears to be Wright’s Twitter account, Wright has not officially confirmed that she sent the tweet.  The account is now protected, so the tweet is inaccessible.

The tweet comes just about a month after the previous president of the organization, Lauren Pierce, tweeted, “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had! #2012.”  Pierce later apologized for the post.

What we're watching: Tue., Dec. 20, 2011