Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Outgoing sheriff Clarke expected to take job in Trump administration: Andrew Restuccia, Josh Dawsey and Eliana Johnson of Politico write: "David Clarke, the controversial outgoing sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, is expected to take a job in the Trump administration, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Clarke resigned as sheriff on Thursday. A regular presence on Fox News, Clarke has become a well-known figure in conservative circles in recent years. He is also an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, and he spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year. But he has come under fierce criticism amid a series of deaths in the Milwaukee County prison, including that of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration last year after guards turned off the water in his cell. Trump has been one of Clarke's most vocal cheerleaders, and even promoted his book on Twitter earlier this month. It’s unclear what job Clarke will take in the administration, but one of the sources said he’s expected to join the White House. Clarke likely won’t be offered a Senate-confirmed role because his nomination would face opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. 'We have no announcement at this time,' White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said. In a text message, Clarke said, 'Will talk about my future plans next week.'" Read more.
Income inequality in Wisconsin at highest level since Great Depression: Danielle Kaeding of Wisconsin Public Radio writes: "Wisconsin is seeing a growing income gap between its top-earners and the average worker, according to a report released earlier this month from the Wisconsin Budget Project and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. The richest 1 percent in Wisconsin made — on average — 19 times as much as everyone else in 2014, said Laura Dresser, associate director for COWS. Most people in Wisconsin made less than $50,000 a year on average, while the top 1 percent brought in around $933,000 each year. Dresser said the state hasn’t seen such striking levels of inequity since the Great Depression. 'We’re on this upward escalator of inequality,' she said. 'The U.S. is more unequal than we are, but we’re going right up behind it and back up to the levels that were set in 1929.' During the past three decades, the top 1 percent in the state has seen their income rise by 131 percent after adjusting for inflation. At the same time, income for the remaining 99 percent grew just 9 percent. Eau Claire County had the highest levels of inequality with 26.2 percent of all income there going to the top 1 percent. Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties followed closely behind." Read more.
Wisconsin's offer to Foxconn grew substantially and hit $3 billion on handwritten note: Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "The state this summer substantially increased its offers to a Taiwanese company looking to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, ultimately reaching the up to $3 billion subsidy deal now before lawmakers. Gov. Scott Walker and Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, signed a commitment on July 12 on the up to $10 billion factory, according to documents released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel under the state's open records law. The single handwritten page was inked by the two men two weeks before the deal was announced by President Donald Trump at the White House. In the weeks leading up to that announcement, the state increased the cash payment it was offering Foxconn to up to $2.85 billion and the company increased the maximum number of jobs it would create at the plant. 'The initial scope of the project called for $6 billion in capital investment and approximately 8,000 jobs. As Foxconn continued to engage with the state, the project evolved to the current scope of $10 billion in capital investment and 13,000 jobs,' said Robert Berry, an assistant legal counsel to Walker." Read more.
DREAMers with kids prepare for the worst: Alexia Fernández Campbell of Vox writes: "Hundreds of thousands of families in the US are anxiously awaiting a decision from President Donald Trump that could change the course of their lives. Will they lose their jobs? Will they have to drop out of college? Will immigration agents knock on their doors to kick them out of the country they consider home? And what will happen to their American kids if they have to leave? These are the questions racing through the minds of young undocumented immigrants with temporary deportation protection through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. Every day that passes brings more anxiety for DACA families, who are waiting to see if Trump fulfills a campaign promise to scrap the Obama-era program, which has allowed about 800,000 undocumented immigrants to live and work legally in the United States since 2012. If Trump does end DACA, these young immigrants could no longer live and work legally in the United States and would be deportable. They are known as 'Dreamers' —undocumented immigrants, younger than 35, whose parents brought them to the United States illegally as children. The fact that the federal government now has their names and addresses is particularly alarming to them." Read more.
Cobb County police officer seen on video telling motorist, 'We only kill black people': CBS News reports: "A police lieutenant in Georgia who was recorded on video during a traffic stop saying "we only kill black people" has been reassigned to administrative duty. Dashcam video from July 2016 shows a white female driver telling Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone, multiple news outlets reported. According to television station WSB-TV, Abbott, who is also white, interrupts her and says, 'But you're not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?' WSB-TV submitted an open-records request for the video, after which the department opened an internal investigation. Abbott's attorney, Lance LoRusso, said in a statement Abbott is cooperating with the investigation, and that his comments were meant to 'de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger.' The statement, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, described Abbott as a 'highly respected 28-year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department' and said the comments must be taken in context." Read more.
Trump, lawmakers considering request for $6 billion in emergency Harvey-related aid: Damian Paletta of the Washington Post writes: "White House officials and congressional leaders are discussing a plan that would authorize roughly $6 billion in emergency assistance to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, and President Trump could send a specific request for the funding as soon as Friday, people briefed on the discussions said. White House officials and congressional leaders have discussed authorizing $5.5 billion toward the depleted Disaster Relief Fund, which is run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Another $450 million could be authorized for the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Program. FEMA is in charge of coordinating the U.S. government’s response to things like hurricanes and floods, and the SBA can extend loans to help companies rebuild and recover. No final decisions about the funding amount have been made, and conversations remained fluid Thursday evening. Trump has said he would move swiftly to help Harvey victims recover and rebuild from the flooding in Houston and other parts in Southeast Texas, and some Democrats have already said the area could need more than $150 billion in federal aid." Read more.