The nation's $16 trillion-plus debt has some Americans so worried that they've donated nearly $8 million outside of federal taxes - to help pay it off. Yes, it's less than a drop in the bucket, but every little bit helps, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, which annually accepts such "gifts." Read the article here.
More political headlines you may have missed over the long weekend:
--State legislators say their upcoming proposal to deal with the unprecedented $2.8 billion unemployment insurance won’t eliminate the issue that has outraged the business community – the higher taxes being imposed on employers to pay down the debt.
--The immigration talks in Washington resumed -- now with the dispute focuses on temporary workers.
--The job listings on Gov.-elect Pat McCrory’s website are a treasure trove for job hunters, if they can figure out what they’re applying for.
--AP's Gary Robertson writes about how GOP lawmakers want an annual dividend payment from the N.C. Railroad Co.
--A state database that tracks prescription drug use isn't getting used much.
--Will leaders in Washington break the gridlock? The Charlotte Observer explores the issue.
--Special interests fight in Washington to avoid the fiscal cliff.
--Fix the Debt group begins its campaign.
--Liberal groups want Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby removed from the redistricting case for his close ties to the GOP groups with a stake in the matter.
--A lawsuit testing the strength of the state’s Stand By Your Ad law, which requires that political TV and radio ads disclose who is paying for them, was thrown out by the N.C. Court of Appeals.