The Ryan-Murray budget deal would frontload spending and spread out deficit reduction -- the plan economists want and conservatives despise. read more
Lawmakers in Oklahoma are lining up behind new legislation that would grant explicit permission for educators to teach students about Christmas and Hanukkah and observe "traditional winter celebrations" on public school property. Two bills, HB2316 and HB 2317, "permit school districts to display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations," which the co-sponsors of the bill define to mean Christmas and Hanukkah. The language also states that any religious scene must also depict at least one other religious or secular icon. read more
The chief executives of McDonald's and Starbucks earn more than $9,200 an hour, which is at least 1,000 times the hourly wages of their sales associates, according to a new report by the personal finance website NerdWallet.
The report highlights fast food and retail companies with some of the biggest gaps between CEO pay and hourly wages paid to associates.
McDonald's, Starbucks and Dollar General top the list, followed by Gap, TJ Maxx, Target, Wal-Mart, CVS Caremark, Best Buy and AT&T Wireless. read more
Kanye West is under fire today for claiming that he will soon be a bigger cultural and civil rights icon than Nelson Mandela.
In an interview with WGCI radio in Chicago, the notoriously self-promoting rapper said that yesterday's death of the 95-year-old South African leader will finally allow people to focus more of their attention on West's own accomplishments. read more
Hey, all you Tea Partiers out there: your pride and joy, US Sen. Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz (GOTP-TX) finally has his own coloring book.
In it, we learn Rafi is a man of great virility and stamina, he can see into the future, he's the Constitution's guardian in a Christian nation, and, oh, what else? Oh, right: providing health care to people who can't afford it is worse than war. read more