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.
- The co-chairmen of the House Finance Committee revised their plans to introduce an income tax to Alaska for the first time in nearly four decades.
- The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is in full swing. In less than a week, the fleet has caught over half of its quota. And while most crew members work on the water, spotter pilots fish for herring from the sky.
- A lot of eyes were on the U.S. House today, but, as Republican factions shuttled to the White House to negotiate, it was a day of waiting for most.
- Gov. Walker’s legislation creates a new definition for independent contractors that would determine whether employers have to pay to insure against on-the-job injuries.