Jupiter Hammon lived and died in slavery. But he still managed to become the first published African American poet. Now a newfound poem by him shows how complex his thoughts on religion and slavery really were.
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (WI) unveiled his federal spending plan in Washington this morning. It contains many of the same proposals Republicans offered before the election including lower taxes and less spending. If history is any guide, that probably won't be acceptable to Democrats. Just as their budget probably won't be acceptable to Republicans. So the goverment may end up without a budget for another year -- but does the U.S. really need a federal budget in the first place?
Today, the Senate Banking Committee considers President Obama's pick to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mary Jo White was a former federal prosecutor, but she was also a private defense attorney who, among other cases, represented JPMorgan Chase against charges stemming from the financial crises. Her defense work raises questions about whether she would have to recuse herself from some SEC prosecutions.
The average commute time is about 30 minutes. For the almost 8 percent of us that drive to work, it takes a whole hour. And for the fewer than 1 percent the Census calls mega-commuters -- poor mega-commuters -- it takes 90 minutes. How does your commute compare to the rest of America? Check out the interactive map.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled his federal spending plan in Washington this morning. It contains many of the same proposals Republicans offered before the election, including lower taxes and less spending. In a press conference on Capitol Hill, Ryan explained the philosophy behind his budget:
"We match revenues with expenditures, so our budget matches the spending with our income, just like every family and business must do throughout America."
If history is any guide, Ryan’s plan probably won't be acceptable to Congressional Democrats -- just as the Democrats’ budget probably won't be acceptable to Republicans. So the goverment may end up without a budget for another year.
But does the U.S. really need a federal budget in the first place? Marketplace's Scott Tong in Washington joins Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson to explain the benefits of a budget agreement.
It's going to be a big budget week in Washington. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his spending plan today, and the Democrats are set to unveil their federal budget sometime in the next few days.
Juli Niemann, analyst at Smith Moore and Company, joins Marketplace Morning Report host Jeremy Hobson to discuss whether Washington's budget stalemate will be broken anytime soon.
The Iranian leader attended Hugo Chávez's funeral in Venezuela. Afterward, a photo surfaced that Iran's conservative clerics say shows him sinning — by touching a woman to whom he's not related.