Category Archives: Politics

Michelle Obama fights GOP on school lunch rules

First lady Michelle Obama.

First lady Michelle Obama.

 

Michelle Obama, first lady of the US, is usually apolitical. But she has come out fighting against a GOP House effort to weaken part of her anti-childhood obesity campaign.

After a White House event that featured elementary students preparing and eating a lunch using vegetables from the White House garden, she stated, “I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools” . . .

Click here to read about Michelle Obama’s battle against the GOP.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

As children flood US-Mexico border, immigration reform stands still

Child migrants sleep in U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding cell in Brownsville, Texas.

Child migrants sleep in U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding cell in Brownsville, Texas.

 

 

 

As Vice President Joe Biden met with Central American leaders Friday, children, sans parents, and families flooded into the United States through the US-Mexico border. From Oct. 1 to June 15, 62,000 unaccompanied children were detained, and another 39,000 adults with children were stopped from October to the end of May. The numbers reflect a nearly 100 percent increase from the previous fiscal year . . .

Click here to reading about unaccompanied children flooding the US-Mexico border.