Monthly Archives: June, 2014

Obama seeks $2 billion to manage US-Mexico border crisis

President Barack Obama. (Image: theblaze.com)

President Barack Obama. (Image: theblaze.com)

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama will send an alert to Congress Monday requesting $2 billion in funds to stop the influx of child migrants from Central America. The amount is an estimate and a detailed letter will be sent to Congress when it returns from the Fourth of July recess on July 7.

Funding would be used for setting up detention space equipped for children and for halting them from entering the US illegally. From Oct. 1 to June 15, approximately 52,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the US along with another 39,000 children with families.

Click here to read about Obama’s pending $2 billion request to Congress for border-crisis funds.

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UNLV students outraged at Hillary Clinton’s speaking fee (Video)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at UCLA, March 5, 2014. (Image: ucla.edu)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at UCLA, March 5, 2014. (Image: ucla.edu)

 

 

 

University of Nevada, Las Vegas students are outraged at Hillary Clinton’s $225,000 fee for an upcoming speech. Student body president Elias Benjelloun wants to see the money returned to students who have experienced 17 percent tuition hikes.

Daniel Waqar, a leader in the UNLV Student government said, “You [Hillary Clinton] could give scholarships to thousands of students, benefit research on campus, give more student grants for research and studying … ”

Click here to read about the UNLV student reaction to Hillary Clinton’s $225,000 speaking fee.

 

Mississippi tea party leader Mark Mayfield dies of apparent suicide

Mark Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi tea party, was found dead in his home of an apparent suicide. (Image: clarionledger.com)

Mark Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi tea party, was found dead in his home of an apparent suicide. (Image: clarionledger.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi tea party, was found dead Friday in his Ridgeland home of an apparent self-inflicted wound to the head.

Mayfield, 57, an attorney, was one of four men accused of conspiring to photograph Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) bedridden wife in her nursing home. Conservative blogger Clayton Kelly posted pictures and a video online which were quickly taken down . . .

Mississippi tea party leader Mark Mayfield dies by apparent suicide. Click here for report.

Unemployment compensation bill faces uphill battle in House and Senate

Unemployed worker line. (Image: mahoneygps.com)

Unemployed worker line. (Image: mahoneygps.com)

 

An Emergency Unemployment Compensation extension bill was introduced to both the Senate and House this week. The bipartisan effort was spearheaded by Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

Funding for the EUC was terminated on Dec. 28, 2013 and 1.3 million lost benefits, and Democrats report the number who would now be eligible if the program is revived has surpassed 3.1 million. The program began in 2008 during the recession and provided longer term compensation to unemployed job seekers . . .

Click here to read about the latest unemployment compensation bill presented to the House and Senate.

Bob Dylan’s handwritten manuscript of ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ auctioned for $2 million

(Delete Image) Bob Dylan's handwritten draft of "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2 million, at Sotheby's auction house, in New York. (Image: Sotheby's)

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Bob Dylan’s handwritten draft of “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for $2 million, at Sotheby’s auction house, in New York. (Image: Sotheby’s)

 

 

 

 

Bob Dylan’s handwritten manuscript of “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for $2 million June 24 at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, setting a new record.

The unidentified buyer paid exactly $2.045 million, which included a buyer’s premium . . .

 

Click here to read about the $2 million winning bid on Bob Dylan’s handwritten draft of “Like a Rolling Stone.”

 

Civil Rights Act honored, Voting Rights Act forgotten

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

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On Tuesday, a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act was held in the US Capitol rotunda. A Congressional Medal, which will be displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture, was presented to King’s children, Bernice King, Dexter Scott King and Martin Luther King III.

The work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King and President Lyndon Baines Johnson was praised, and both the National Anthem and “We Shall Overcome” resonated through the hallowed halls—a fitting ceremony . . .

Click here to read about Civil Rights Act honors and forgotten Voting Rights Act.

Defrocked Methodist minister who officiated son’s same-sex wedding is refrocked

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, after the UMC appeals committee resolution to refrock and restore ministerial credentials. (Image: charisma.org)

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, after the UMC appeals committee resolution to refrock and restore ministerial credentials. (Image: charisma.org)

 

 

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania Methodist minister, who was defrocked after solemnizing his son’s same-sex wedding, won an appeal Monday to have his credentials reinstated.

Schaefer, 52, was suspended for 30 days, six months ago, on Nov. 18 after a jury of United Methodist Church pastors found him guilty of violating church law, outlined in the UMC Book of Discipline. After the suspension ended, he was defrocked for refusing to vow he would never perform another same-sex marriage ceremony . . .

Click here to read about the refrocking of UMC pastor, Frank Schaefer.

FBI ‘Operation Cross Country’ rescues 168 children from sex trafficking

Arrests, child prostitution, FBI. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Arrests, child prostitution, FBI. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

 

 

An FBI initiative, Operation Cross Country, has rescued 168 American children from sex trafficking and arrested 281 suspected pimps. Many of the children were under the supervision of the US welfare system but were never reported missing . . .

Click here to read about the FBI’s rescue of 168 children from sex trafficking.

Child migration and the conscience of a nation

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas.

 

 

 

Tens of thousands of children are risking their lives on a journey from Central America to the US-Mexico border. Their hope is asylum, or mercy, which would allow them to root themselves on American soil. From Oct. 1 to June 15, more than 52,000 unaccompanied youth were detained, and thousands of others have arrived with family . . .

Click here to read the writer’s thoughts on humane treatment of child migrants, a reflection of a healthy national conscience.

White House reveals new plan to speed up deportation of immigrants

 

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas

Handout shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

After Vice President Joe Biden meeting with Central American leaders from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador Friday, the White House announced it will be swiftly deporting illegal immigrants who cross the US-Mexico border. But a detention center for housing mothers with young children will be opened in response to the stream of child migrants . . .

Click here to read about the Obama administration’s response to the Central American child migrants.