“The president’s policies continue to make it harder for Americans to find work. Hundreds of thousands fled the workforce last month and unemployment remains far above what the Obama administration promised when it enacted its ‘stimulus’ spending plan.
“To help grow our economy and expand opportunity for all Americans, Republicans passed a balanced budget that addresses our spending problem, unleashes North American energy like Keystone, and fixes our broken tax code, and voted to replace the president’s sequester with smarter cuts and reforms. One of the best things President Obama can do is follow the House and outline a balanced budget next week – one that includes entitlement reforms that are not conditional on enactment of more tax increases, which will suppress growth instead of encourage it.”
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will donate part of their salaries as budget sequestration continues, the Associated Press reported Thursday. President Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry have offered to give up part of their income as well. From the Associated Press:
The Homeland Security Department said Napolitano would donate 5 percent of her salary to foundations that benefit Homeland Security staff. Further details were not provided.
The Treasury Department said that Lew would contribute a portion of his salary to nonprofit organizations that are supporting people and programs adversely affected by automatic government spending cuts. The amount of Lew's contributions and the organizations receiving the money were still being worked out.
Cuts to Medicare and Social Security will be included in President Obama's budget, set to be released on April 10, the New York Times reported Friday:
In a significant shift in fiscal strategy, Mr. Obama on Wednesday will send a budget plan to Capitol Hill that departs from the usual presidential wish list that Republicans typically declare dead on arrival. Instead it will embody the final compromise offer that he made to Speaker John A. Boehner late last year, before Mr. Boehner abandoned negotiations in opposition to the president’s demand for higher taxes from wealthy individuals and some corporations.
CNN reported that Obama will propose a new inflation calculation, known as chained CPI, for Social Security. Obama's budget will also reportedly call for a prekindergarten education program, to be paid for by raising taxes on cigarettes.
Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday reacted to video of ousted Rutgers basketball coach throwing balls and shouting slurs at players by saying he doesn't mind a bit of "old-fashioned criticism."
"He's very intense," Hannity said in a segment with conservative commentator Michelle Malkin. "And I'm watching this, and I'm thinking, alright, I don't like it. He kicked one player there. But on the other hand, you now what, I kind of like old-fashioned discipline, on the other hand. I mean, have we become that politically incorrect? These are adults. They don't want to play for that team, they can leave."
Malkin seemed to agree, saying that "sports is a rough world."
Hannity added that Rice was trying to discipline the players and draw out the team's best performance.
"But I can understand, stop hitting them, maybe," Hannity said. "But I like the intensity, I like the drive. I like that he's pushing those kids and that he runs a tight ship. Maybe, maybe we need a little more discipline in society, and maybe we don't have to be a bunch of wimps for the rest of our lives. My father hit me with a belt, I turned out okay. Except for the minds of liberals."
Jon Stewart on Wednesday took a look at the GOP's minority outreach efforts since the Republican National Committee released a report conceding that the party needs to be more inclusive. So how has it been going? Stewart considered a few recent examples.
Recently, Rep. Don Young (R-AK) referred to migrant farm workers as "wetbacks," rising conservative star Dr. Ben Carson linked gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia, and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) compared gun magazines limits to gay marriage and bestiality.
The White House on April 9 is scheduled to host a concert honoring Memphis soul music, with Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake will performing, according to a release. Booker T. Jones will be the concert's musical director and band leader, the White House said.
President Obama sang a few bars of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser last year at New York's Apollo Theater.
This month's "Performance at the White House" event will air on PBS stations at 8 p.m. ET on April 16, according to the White House's release.
New video was released on Wednesday of James Early Ray travelling to Memphis for his trial in the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., according to NBC News. The clip, compiled by NBC, also shows Ray being searched at the Shelby County Jail. Ray pleaded guilty to killing King, as the Associated Press reported, but later withdrew his confession. April 4, 2013 is the 45th anniversary of King's death.
The following converted video tapes are a portion of the material obtained by the Shelby County Register/Archives’ Office in 2011 from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Other material received at that time include logs for the period James Earl Ray was incarcerated in Shelby County and photographs of Ray as he was received by the Sheriff upon his extradition from London. Excluding this video footage, all material has previously been made available on the Shelby County Register’s website in the "Dr. Martin Luther King Assassination Investigation" exhibit.
In 1968, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office purchased a Sony Videocorder and Video Camera for the purposes of documenting the extradition, incarceration, and proceedings as related to James Earl Ray for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is believed that the personnel using the equipment were learning how to operate this technology as they recorded. As a result, the footage is not always as clear as we are accustomed to seeing today. Additional lighting is not used on most of the recordings. Audio portions are not always clear. There are inconsistencies in the video and audio tracks throughout the converted footage.
On the "James Earl Ray Arrival on Plane July 19, 1968" video, there will be video dropouts along with lighting and sound issues.
The tapes, titled "Shelby County Jail Booking Procedures 1969," "James Earl Ray Arraignment, Court Attendees July 22, 1968," and "James Earl Ray Guilty Plea, Court Attendees March 10, 1969," were apparently recorded over as each has an additional audio track that causes some interference with audio portions being captured by the Sheriff’s personnel.
On the video, "TV Report with William Bradford Huie February 6, 1969," the Sheriff’s personnel recorded a local news TV broadcast. In doing so, they recorded commercials and television programs for that day before and after the news report.
The tape "James Earl Ray Court Proceedings, Court Attendees September 30, 1968," contains portions of television programs and an additional audio track.