President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama earned $608,611 in adjusted gross income in 2012, down 23 percent from 2011 as royalties from the president’s books kept declining, tax returns showed.
U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and some of the families who lost 26 children and adults in the December attack on a Connecticut elementary school in demanding Congress enact stricter regulations on guns.
Thirty-odd years ago, in between college and law school, I spent a summer as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal. For three weeks, I was assigned to the police beat. Each morning I’d arrive at the station house about 6 o’clock and go through the reports of the previous night’s calls, to decide which ones looked newsworthy. If I needed more information, I’d go find it. My editor upbraided me only once: when I interviewed the department spokesman rather than one of the officers.
Vice President Joseph Biden said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must relinquish power, as a top diplomat said the United Nations has to step into an expanding conflict that the warring parties can’t resolve.
Some $318 billion in federal stimulus money has been paid out to build new roads and help the jobless as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act that passed in February 2009. Since then, Vice-President Joseph Biden, asked by President Barack Obama to monitor the spending splurge, has feared a massive fraud case might undermine support for the program.
Robert Bork, the U.S. judge and legal scholar whose nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan set off a battle for the judiciary that lived on long after the U.S. Senate rejected him, has died. He was 85.