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The Voices of the Drought

It’s HOT outside. But hey, you knew that. 52 percent of the U.S. is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions. So what about the farmers, how are they handling the heat? We asked them. Hear how farmers, small-business owners and local governments are dealing with the heat.

View a history of droughts above and how Congress acted


I was in Texas last week where the yellow grass crunches under your feet and Austin’s Lake Travis is about 45 feet lower than it should be. -BdM

Jim Tankersley shows us how the economy is looking through several handy charts.

These two charts show:

1. How unemployment is decreasing but way too many Americans are still jobless (that’s about 13 million).

2. There’s less demand than there was before the recession. One example is in construction. There is less of a demand from customers for construction companies which results in them not needing to hire more people.

Go here to view more charts and read Tankersley’s analysis. 

The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that “white men were particularly critical of food-stamp spending. A full 44 percent of white males with college educations wanted food stamps cut; 41 percent of white men with some college education or less wanted the program cut. Each demographic was more likely than the national average to see fraud and loose standards as the cause of the hike in the food-stamp rolls.”
View it here.
Where do you think we should increase/decrease spending? Should the focus be on food stamps, buying locally produced food or exporting overseas?

The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that “white men were particularly critical of food-stamp spending. A full 44 percent of white males with college educations wanted food stamps cut; 41 percent of white men with some college education or less wanted the program cut. Each demographic was more likely than the national average to see fraud and loose standards as the cause of the hike in the food-stamp rolls.”

View it here.

Where do you think we should increase/decrease spending? Should the focus be on food stamps, buying locally produced food or exporting overseas?

“Republicans on Twitter took the RNC’s lead and have been using the #Julia hashtag to post their own versions of Julia’s life. As recently as Friday morning, in reaction to the sluggish jobs numbers out on Friday, RNC communications director Sean Spicer tweeted out “#Julia just told her mom she was going to be living at home a lot longer.””

Republicans Redefine ‘Julia’ in Their Image