Barack (aka “Barry”, by Punahou High School friends) Obama, born in Hawaii on this date in 1961, would later be addressed as: Professor, Senator, and Mr. President. Gavin and Wyatt are playing ball, not politics, as they herd the President from the right and left on the south lawn of the White House. You can join the “B-day” Obama birthday celebration by listening to Crosscurrents, 8/4 at 8 a.m.
- Uber and Lyft are negotiating with the City and Borough of Juneau over the collection of the city's sales tax. The companies insist it's the drivers' responsibility to collect and remit the 5 percent tax on fares.
- Facing opposition within their own ranks, Senate Republicans delayed a vote on the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act until after next week's recess.
- There was a bit of a victory Monday for supporters of a proposed road in Southwest Alaska that would connect the village of King Cove to an airport at Cold Bay via the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
- The Congressional Budget Office has what amounts to a warning for “sparsely populated areas” in its analysis of the Senate’s draft health care reform bill.