If the fundamental premise of President Obama’s new initiative to make community college free is to open up career and life opportunities for the nation’s young — especially those from underprivileged backgrounds — then the federal government should also be thinking of ways to cover the tuition costs of individuals attending coding boot camps. Instead of paying for a two-year community college program, the government could instead get more bang for less buck by paying for a 12-week program. That’s something that the nation’s first coding president should understand.
Obama’s data crunchers.
The backroom data crunchers who powered Barack Obama’s campaign to victory noticed last spring that George Clooney had an almost gravitational tug on West Coast females ages 40 to 49. The women were far and away the single demographic group most likely to hand over cash, for a chance to dine in Hollywood with Clooney — and Obama.
The upcoming Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, which will be attended by many latinamerican heads of state as well as Barack Obama, is set to be an historic debate over the legalization of drugs and the end of the war on drugs. Jamie Doward writes in the Guardian…
The program was supposed to train 125,000 workers, but only 53,000 have been “trained” so far.
The story of the green jobs subisdy gets more embarrassing by the day. President Obama promised three years ago that by the end of the decade America would have five million green jobs, but so far some $90 billion in government spending has delivered very few.
The student loan default rate for fiscal 2009 surged to 8.8%, up from 7% in 2008.
Two years ago critics warned that government-backed student loan defaults would rise. The question was how soon would taxpayers feel the pain. This month, the U.S. Department of Education provided part of the answer when it reported that the default rate for fiscal 2009 surged to 8.8%, up from 7% in 2008.
IRS says breastfeeding expenses are tax write-offs.
Breastfeeding is easier on the planet because formula takes energy to produce, transport, and it wastes space in landfills. Not to mention that breastfeeding is the most natural means of giving your baby the best possible start. Michelle Obama even promoted breastfeeding as a means of reducing childhood obesity down the line. And most recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced tax breaks for breastfeeding moms.
The Obama administration is currently drafting what it’s calling the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said.