Bruce Springsteen Heads to Iowa and Ohio
Bruce: “We’re still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country “…where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone.””
Obama Ready to Play Hardball on Fiscal Clif
From The Washington Post
President Obama "is prepared to veto legislation to block year-end tax hikes and spending cuts, collectively known as the 'fiscal cliff,' unless Republicans bow to his demand to raise tax rates for the wealthy," the Washington Post reports. "Freed from the political and economic constraints that have tied his hands in the past, Obama is ready to play hardball with Republicans, who have so far successfully resisted a deal to tame the debt that includes higher taxes... In the days after the November election, the tables will be turned: Taxes are scheduled to rise dramatically in January for people at all income levels, and Republicans will be unable to stop those automatic increases alone."
Immigration activists upset by ICE school actions
From The Associated Press
Immigration activists and community members are upset after they say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stopped parents this week at two schools in Detroit. The group including Detroit Democratic state Rep. Rashida Tlaib said in a statement that a man was detained after dropping off his son Tuesday at Cesar Chavez Middle School and they want him released. They say another man was questioned in front of his children at Manuel Reyes Vistas Nuevas Head Start Center. The group also is calling for Detroit ICE Enforcement Director Rebecca Adducci to quit. ICE says they've done nothing wrong. Spokesman Khaalid Walls said in a statement that Tuesday's arrest was "in full compliance" of agency policies.