Vice President Joe Biden will begin negotiations next week with House and Senate leaders on a deficit reduction plan that the White House hopes will persuade Congress to raise the ceiling on the federal debt.
If the debt limit isn't raised by early July, the U.S. will default for the first time in history on its financial obligations — an event that could be catastrophic.
In 1958, James Hanover Thompson and his friend David Simpson — both African-American, both children — were accused of kissing a girl who was white. They were arrested, and taken to jail. Prosecutors sought a stiff penalty — living in reform school until they were 21.
"The Kissing Case," as it came to be known, drew international media attention at the time. But since then, it's been largely forgotten. Even the Thompson family rarely talked about it. Recently, James Hanover Thompson sat down with his younger brother, Dwight, and told him what happened.