Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Obama likely to delay immigration executive action until after mid-term elections

200,000 march on Washington, DC for immigration reform, March 21, 2010. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Rrenner.

200,000 march on Washington, DC for immigration reform, March 21, 2010. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Rrenner.

 

 

 

 

After the House allowed the Senate immigration bill to die last June, President Obama said using his executive powers would be the means to right wrongs. He promised to confer with his team and share specifics by the end of the summer. But when speaking with news reporters Thursday, it appeared he is stalling until after mid-term elections . . .

Click here to read about President Obama’s immigration reform game plan.

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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.

 

 

 

Obama speaks on L.A. Clippers owner’s alleged racist rants; maintains status quo

Donald Sterling, L.A. Clippers basketball team owner and girlfriend V. Stiviano whom he allegedly denounced for bringing black people, including Earvin "Magic" Johnson to Clippers" games.

Donald Sterling, L.A. Clippers basketball team owner and girlfriend V. Stiviano whom he allegedly denounced for bringing black people, including Earvin “Magic” Johnson to Clippers” games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The racist rants allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner, Donald Sterling, have resounded around the globe. At a Malaysian news conference with Prime Minister Najib Razak, President Barack Obama was asked about Sterling’s statements. Obama said the comments were “incredibly offensive, racist comments,” but referenced them in the broader context of America’s sordid legacy of racism and slavery . . .

Click here to read about Obama’s comments on Donald Sterling’s alleged racist rants.

Attorney General Eric Holder hospitalized briefly, then discharged

Attorney General Eric Holder was briefly hospitalized, then discharged after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Attorney General Eric Holder was briefly hospitalized, then discharged after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

Attorney General Eric Holder is resting at home after a brief hospitalization Thursday.

Holder, 63, became lightheaded and short of breath during a meeting, and FBI detail called 911.

He experienced similar symptoms several years ago, but a Justice Department spokesman said the illness was then mild and did not require medical attention . . .

Click here to read about Attorney General Eric Holder’s brief illness.

Drone limits put American ‘lives at risk,’ House Intelligence Chairman says

Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) on a simulated flight. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) on a simulated flight. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

Mike Rogers (R – Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, stated Tuesday that drone limits put American “lives at risk.”

At a hearing that met to discuss global threats to US security, Rogers said, “The President’s May 2013 policy changes for U.S. targeted strikes are an utter and complete failure and they leave Americans’ lives at risk” . . .

Click here to read House Intelligence Chairman’s thoughts on drone limits.

13 states increase minimum wage on Jan. 1

McDonald's workers protest on Fifth Avenue, New York City, Aug. 29. (Photo: Bloomberg Businessweek)

McDonald’s workers protest on Fifth Avenue, New York City, Aug. 29. (Photo: Bloomberg Businessweek)

 

On Jan. 1, the minimum wage will increase in 13 states, including New York, Connecticut and Ohio. Other states which will see a boost are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, affecting more than 2.5 million worker. Five cities also raised the minimum wage…

To read about the minimum wage increase in 13 states and five cities, click here.

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama awards former President Bill Clinton with Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House, East Room, Nov. 20, 2013.

President Barack Obama awards former President Bill Clinton with Presidential Medal of Freedom in White House, East Room, Nov. 20, 2013.

 

On Wednesday, President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, to former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfreyand 14 other recipients, including Loretta Lynn, Ernie Banksand Gloria Steinem. There was diversity, and honorees represented various professions, including science, music, media, sports and politics . . .

Click here for article, video and photos of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom award.

Old racists ‘just have to die,’ says Oprah Winfrey

Oprah at 2011 Television Critics Award show. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Oprah at 2011 Television Critics Award show. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

The BBC interviewed Oprah Winfrey on the European promotional tour for her latest film, “The Butler,” which is loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, who served as a butler in the White House for 34 years. Conversation turned to racism around the world and against President Barack Obama, the current U.S. president, as well as the world change that will occur when old racists “die” . . .

Click here to read more on Oprah’s BBC interview and racism.

Two Secret Service agents dismissed from elite presidential detail

 President Barack Obama surrounded by Secret Service. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

President Barack Obama surrounded by Secret Service. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

Two Secret Service agents have been dismissed from President Obama’s detail after earlier allegations of misconduct. A senior supervisor, Ignacio Zamora Jr., formerly in charge of the elite department was dismissed, and another supervisor, Timothy Barraclough, was moved from the presidential assignment to another department . . .

Click here to read more on Secret Service dismissals.