Law enforcement will be given broader powers during these events to search backpacks, coolers, satchels and messenger bags. That includes briefcases and carry-on luggage — the kind with wheels often used by lawyers to transport reams of documents.The new ordinances also detail a list of items that are grounds for arrest. Among them: spray paint, permanent markers, hammers, crowbars, box cutters, utility knives, chains, padlocks, lumber, plastic pipe, pepper spray, mace and police scanners.ACLU of North Carolina Legal Director Katy Parker says the Charlotte’s security rules place “unlimited discretion” in the hands of Walton.“We have a concern about that much power in the hands of the city manager — it could really chill free speech,” Parker says.Protests or no protests, you might want to keep your kid cousin's Sharpie collection away from Charlotte for awhile. You can also visit The City of Charlotte's Facebook page to air your opinion on the new policy.
Rebuild the Dream response to FHFA's delays:Ed DeMarco's foot-dragging is irresponsible and unjustifiableThe FHFA announced today that they are indefinitely postponing a widely anticipated decision regarding whether they will implement principal reduction as a solution for underwater homeowners.Rebuild the Dream finds this delay irresponsible and unjustifiable, in the face of a mountain of evidence favoring principal reduction, and after calls for principal reduction from economists, experts, HUD Secretary Sean Donovan, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and countless members of Congress. Even Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- the enterprises Mr. DeMarco oversees -- disagree with him on the issue of principal reduction. Studies released a month ago by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac show that principal reduction is a workable, net-positive solution for taxpayers and for struggling homeowners."Rebuild the Dream's membership includes thousands of underwater homeowners across the country. These struggling homeowners tell us they are appalled and deeply distressed by how slowly FHFA is moving on this critical issue," said Ian Kim, Director of Campaigns at Rebuild the Dream. "These homeowners and their families are drowning, and Mr. DeMarco has a lifeline, called principal reduction. He should be moving heaven and earth to help save these homeowners. Instead he's dragging his feet and taking his time."Since February, Rebuild the Dream has been calling on Mr. DeMarco to move forward on principal reduction, or else be removed as Director of the FHFA."With or without Mr. DeMarco, the Obama Administration must implement broad-scale principal reduction, without delay," said Ian Kim. "Principal reduction is key to allowing underwater homeowners to stay in their homes and communities, and it is key to unshackling our nation's economic recovery."
- President Obama tells students that he and Michelle have been in student's shoes with student loan debts.
- After kicking off the campaign to stop Stafford Loan rates from doubling, Obama rallied students in Colorado.
- The White House encouraged people to share their stories and contribute to the conversation using the hashtag #DontDoubleMyRate
- #DontDoubleMyRate gets pickedgets amplified by the USPIRG and many of the groups originally pushing the Don't Double campaign
- Today on Wednesday, President Obama visited the University of Iowa to continue the push.
Last week, we asked for your help collecting the final 6,000 signatures to get to the required 25,000 for an official White House response on principal reduction for underwater homeowners.We had four days and you did it.
Thanks to you, we now have the necessary signatures to get an official response on principal reduction for 11 million struggling Americans with underwater mortgages. A special thanks to our partners at MoveOn.org, New Bottom Line, Campaign for America's Future and National People's Action and other partners and allies for helping with the final push across the finish line. We will let you know when we hear from the White House.
I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money... I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that.What lies at the heart of Foxx's remark is a seriously misguided belief that college today is as affordable as it was when Foxx paid her way through school in 1968.In reference to Foxx's comments, Mike Konczal at the Roosevelt Institute couldn't have said it any better:
A major problem with our leaders is that they are approaching what is happening in the public university through a mental model of a world that no longer exists.