General Motors is investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories that will build the next generation of the Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car, the Associated Press reports. GM would not say how many jobs would be added, but the cash infusion will eventually create a second shift at the Detroit assembly plant that makes the Volt and other cars. The plant now employs about 1,600 workers on a single shift, AP reports. Read more.
Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron compared President Barack Obama‘s opponents in the Republican Party to the people who threatened him as he neared Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974. The 80-year-old told USA Today he still keeps the hate-filled, racist letters he received while playing baseball. Read more.
With the arrival of Tax Day next week away, an article in The New York Times this week details the latest way in which the working poor serve as a profit center for American business. By siphoning off hundreds of dollars in fees from some of the nation’s neediest taxpayers, the $100 billion tax preparation industry—from small neighborhood storefronts to big time chains like H&R Block—can diminish the economic lifeline that tax refunds have come to be for millions of America’s struggling families. Read more.
At a fundraiser for Democratic candidates in Houston on Wednesday evening, President Obama described the current Congress as “the least productive…in modern history,” and called for a “Congress that works, not one that marches in lockstep.” He didn’t get a chance to call them greedy too, since just hours earlier the House Appropriations Committee rejected retiring Representative Jim Moran’s plan to offer his fellow legislators $25 a day, on top of their $174,000 annual salary. Read more.
Nearly 50 years after the historic passage of the 1964 Civil Right Act, a survey of Americans on the state of race relations in the United States revealed that most believe they are “generally good.” The CBS News poll, conducted from March 26 – 30 of 1,017 adults, revealed that 59 percent of respondents believe race relations are good. That result includes 60 percent of white respondents and 55 percent of African-American respondents. Read more.
Notoriously late to speeches and events, because who cares, Bill “Not a Morning Person” de Blasio just doesn’t see what the big deal is. Anybody can be on time! It’s not special. You know who else was on time? “George W. Bush was punctual,” the mayor tells the New York Times in an interview to mark 100 days in office. Read more.