Greg Kaufmann is a contributing writer for The Nation and a fellow at New America. Previously, he was the creator and editor of TalkPoverty.org and a poverty correspondent for The Nation. He has appeared on numerous national and local programs on networks including PBS, MSNBC, and NPR, and his work has been featured by CBS News, The Washington Post, and Business Insider, among others. He lives in his hometown of Washington, DC, with his wife, son, and two daughters.
Donald Gates spent the last 28 years in prison, convicted of a rape and murder he said he didn't commit.
Yesterday, he was released from jail by the same judge who originally sentenced him to 20 years to life, as new DNA evidence pointed to a different man.
Gates is now 58 years old, and for his three lost decades the government gave him some winter clothes, $75, and a bus ticket to Ohio. He had to pay his $35 cab fare to get from jail to the bus station.
"Obama says he does not have the money for the plan many of his liberal supporters say packs the biggest employment punch--direct federal investment in job creation," the Post writes.
And a New York Times headline declares: "Obama Turns to Job Creation, but Warns of Limited Funds."