In a first step to reform the money in politics, House Democrats are reintroducing the DISCLOSE Act today to get unlimited, secret donations out of politics. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to unrestricted special interest campaign donations in American elections—permitting corporations to spend unlimited funds, directly or through third parties and Political Action Committees organized for those purposes, to influence Federal elections and opened the door for the emergence of Super PACs.
Let’s Move! was launched by the Obama Administration two years ago today, and since then significant progress has been made to solve the problem of childhood obesity. Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation’s children. Through working together with Let’s Move!, these groups have provided children with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, helped get families the information they need to make healthier decisions, supported a healthy start in early childhood, and have worked to ensure more people have access to healthy, affordable food.
Today, First Lady Michelle Obama is starting a tour to celebrate the second anniversary of the initiative. On her trip she will meet with some of the many teachers, elected officials, faith and community leaders, parents and children who have embraced the principles of Let’s Move! and are making a difference in the lives of our children.
Part of the success of Let’s Move! is the focus on making fitness and healthy choices fun for kids. And what’s more fun than dancing? Join the fun, watch and share First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” video below, and learn more about it at LetsMove.gov.
Vice President Joe Biden visited Florida State University this week to talk with students about the Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising college costs. The Vice President began by calling on Congress to permanently extend the $2,500 per year American Opportunity Tax Credit for tuition and other expenses, double the number of work-study jobs over the next five years, and help 7.4 million borrowers by stopping the interest rates on federal student loans from doubling later this year.
These proposals are important, but increasing federal aid is only part of the solution. States and universities also share some responsibility for reining in costs. The Vice President detailed the Obama Administration plan to steer federal campus-based aid to schools that keep tuition affordable – and away from schools that don’t. While they plan to significantly increase the availability of campus-based aid by offering more Perkins loans to needy students and creating more work-study slots, the additional dollars will only flow to colleges that are providing good value to their students.
The Administration is also proposing to create a new “Race to the Top” for college affordability and completion. This competitive grant program will encourage states to reform their higher education systems in ways that lower costs and increase completion rates. And because state funding cuts are one of the primary drivers of tuition increases at public universities, any state that wants a grant will have to promise not to slash funding for higher education.
New Mexico Democrats successfully kill GOP’s “Voter ID” vote-suppression bill in Santa Fe. There’s more at ThinkProgress.
How low can they go? Congressional disapproval rating hits yet another new all-time low, at 10% the Gallup Poll says. See the poll at Gallup.
Rick Santorum shakes up the Republican quest for the nomination again. There’s more at the New York Times.
Santorum wins fuel new SuperPAC fundraising on the right. There’s more at the Los Angeles Times.
Mitt Romney faces GOP rebellions on the right and in the middle. There’s more at the New York Times.
Massachusetts economy was below average during Romney’s term as Governor. There’s more at ThinkProgress.
House Republicans put forth a weakened version of the Senate ethics bill that bans insider trading. There’s more at the Washington Post.
President Obama continues to climb in probable matchup with Mitt Romney. There’s more at TPM.
Poll shows Americans back President Obama on security. There’s more at the Washington Post.
We won’t be listening: Mike Huckabee to vie with Limbaugh in a right-wing radio war. There’s more in the New York Times.
Washington state passes same-sex marriage bill. There’s more at the Washington Post.
New Hampshire Republicans move to eliminate workers lunch breaks. There’s more at ThinkProgress.
Ohio’s Republican Governor Kasich delivers bizarre state-of-the-state message, mocking Parkinson’s patients and California “wackadoodles.” There’s more at The Hill.