Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 8:01 pm
President Obama is expected to talk about the economy with several governors-elect at the White House, even as one of them spearheads a legal challenge against his executive actions on immigration.
Editor's Note: A quote in the transcript for this story has been incorrectly attributed, and the quote has some extraneous words. Governor-elect Greg Abbott said the following: "That's not prosecutorial discretion. That is a rewriting of the law that Congress wrote."
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:23 pm
As 2014 winds down, you might want to save that calendar hanging next to the fridge.
Maybe even frame it.
After so many years of misery for the middle class, 2014 is now looking like the one that finally brought relief. The November jobs report, released Friday by the Labor Department, had blowout numbers showing a surge in job creation, an upturn in work hours and a meaningful boost in wages.
An investigation by the New Jersey Legislature has cleared Gov. Chris Christie in an apparently politically motivated scheme that closed some lanes of the George Washington Bridge last year, leading to major traffic jams and a political firestorm.
The investigation could find no evidence that Christie was involved in the scheme.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 7:10 am
The New Republic, the influential, century-old publication that during the Clinton presidency was called the in-flight magazine of Air Force One, announced today a slew of changes and cuts. Its editor, Franklin Foer, and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier both announced they were leaving the magazine.
NPR's David Folkenflik is reporting on the news for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:03 pm
The Achieving A Better Life Experience — ABLE — Act, which faced a House vote this week, hit close to home for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. "For me personally, this bill is about a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications," she said on the House floor.
The Alabama Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that gives low-income families tax credits to pay for private school.
A lawyer representing individuals challenging the Alabama Accountability Act said Wednesday that it does an end run on Alabama's prohibition of using education funds to support private religious schools.
However, a lawyer representing families using the credits said it supports parents seeking education opportunities for their children, not private schools.