Thursday, June 28, 2012

President Obama Speaks on Health Reform | The White House (check out his wicked smile )

President Obama Speaks on Health Reform | The White House

GOP Leaders React To Ruling By Renewing Pledges To Repeal The Health Law - Kaiser Health News

GOP Leaders React To Ruling By Renewing Pledges To Repeal The Health Law - Kaiser Health News

From Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to key House and Senate leaders, the call to repeal the sweeping health overhaul came loud and clear in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision largely upholding it.

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Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand - NYTimes.com

Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand - NYTimes.com

The Supreme Court on Thursday largely let stand President Obama’s health care overhaul, in a mixed ruling that court observers were rushing to analyze.

The justices voted 5 to 4 to uphold the law's individual mandate provision and thus the entire law, as authorized by Congress' power to levy taxes.

The decision did significantly restrict one major portion of the law: the expansion of Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for low-income and sick people. The ruling gives states some flexibility not to expand their Medicaid programs, without paying the same financial penalties that the law called for.
      
The debate over health care remains far from over, with Republicans vowing to carry on their fight against the law, which they see as an unaffordable infringement on the rights of individuals.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has promised to undo it if elected.

Monday, June 25, 2012

On Immigration, Antonin Scalia Challenges Barack Obama : Roll Call News

On Immigration, Antonin Scalia Challenges Barack Obama : Roll Call News

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took swipes at President Barack Obama’s immigration policies today and even questioned whether states would have joined the United States at all given today’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law.

In his comments from the bench, which expanded on his written minority opinion, Scalia blasted Obama’s decision to stop deporting many young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

“The issue is a stark one: Are the sovereign states at the mercy of the federal executive’s refusal to enforce the nation’s immigration laws? A good way of answering that question is to ask: Would the states conceivably have entered into the union if the Constitution itself contained the court’s holding?” Scalia asked. “If securing its territory in this fashion is not within the power of Arizona, we should cease referring to it as a sovereign state.”

Statement by Governor Jan Brewer on SB1070 Ruling

Statement by Governor Jan Brewer U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholds Heart of SB 1070 “Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. “While we are grateful for this legal victory, today is an opportunity to reflect on our journey and focus upon the true task ahead: the implementation and enforcement of this law in an even-handed manner that lives up to our highest ideals as American citizens. I know the State of Arizona and its law enforcement officers are up to the task. The case for SB 1070 has always been about our support for the rule of law. That means every law, including those against both illegal immigration and racial profiling. Law enforcement will be held accountable should this statute be misused in a fashion that violates an individual’s civil rights. “The last two years have been spent in preparation for this ruling. Upon signing SB 1070 in 2010, I issued an Executive Order directing the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) to develop and provide training to ensure our officers are prepared to enforce this law efficiently, effectively and in a manner consistent with the Constitution. In recent days, in anticipation of this decision, I issued a new Executive Order asking that this training be made available once again to all of Arizona’s law enforcement officers. I am confident our officers are prepared to carry out this law responsibly and lawfully. Nothing less is acceptable. “Of course, today’s ruling does not mark the end of our journey. It can be expected that legal challenges to SB 1070 and the State of Arizona will continue. Our critics are already preparing new litigation tactics in response to their loss at the Supreme Court, and undoubtedly will allege inequities in the implementation of the law. As I said two years ago on the day I signed SB 1070 into law, ‘We cannot give them that chance. We must use this new tool wisely, and fight for our safety with the honor Arizona deserves.’” _____________________________________________ GovBrewer tweet: Supreme Court has upheld what Arizonans knew all along - states have a right and responsibility to protect their citizens. A proud day!

Supreme Court issues split decision on Arizona immigration law - latimes.com

Supreme Court issues split decision on Arizona immigration law - latimes.com

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a major immigration ruling, upheld parts of Arizona’s strict law targeting illegal immigrants, but said the federal government has the ultimate authority to decide who will be held on immigration charges and deported.
The decision is a partial victory for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as well as for President Obama, whose administration had sued to block the state law from taking effect.

The justices said Arizona’s police can stop, question and briefly detain immigrants if officers have reason to believe they are in the country illegally. This was seen as a key part of the state’s law.

But the justices said the police have limited authority. They must check with federal immigration agents before deciding to hold the suspects.

The justices also blocked parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 that would have made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to fail to carry documents or to seek work.

The court’s decision appears to give states such as Arizona a quite limited role in enforcing the laws against illegal immigrants. Their police can notify federal agents if they have a suspect in custody, but they cannot keep them in a county jail on state charges.

Darrell Issa Contradicts John Boehner On Fast And Furious, Admits No Knowledge Of Obama Involvement (VIDEO)

Darrell Issa Contradicts John Boehner On Fast And Furious, Admits No Knowledge Of Obama Involvement (VIDEO)

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) contradicted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday, saying that Congress has found no evidence that President Barack Obama or anyone at the White House had participated in a cover-up involving the Fast and Furious scandal.

During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace asked Issa whether he had "any evidence" that the White House had been involved with the matter.

Friday, June 22, 2012

TGIF: Aww Yes an election year =D

Elite Women Put a New Spin on Work-Life Debate - NYTimes.com

Elite Women Put a New Spin on Work-Life Debate - NYTimes.com

If a woman has a sterling résumé, a supportive husband who speaks fluent car pool and a nurturing boss who just happens to be one of the most powerful women in the world herself, who or what is to blame if Ms. Supposed-to-Have-It-All still cannot balance work and family?

A magazine article by a former Obama administration official has blown up into an instant debate about a new conundrum of female success: women have greater status than ever before in human history, even outpacing men in education, yet the lineup at the top of most fields is still stubbornly male. Is that new gender gap caused by women who give up too easily, unsympathetic employers or just nature itself?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Feds Mess with Sheriff Joe Arpaio's No Child Left Behind Deportation Program | Indecision Blog | Political Humor | Comedy Central's Indecision

Feds Mess with Sheriff Joe Arpaio's No Child Left Behind Deportation Program | Indecision Blog | Political Humor | Comedy Central's Indecision

Since real life is increasingly indistinguishable from a preachy Paul Haggis movie devoid of moral nuance, it was inevitable that Barack Obama's announcement of a stay in the deportations of young, law-abiding, undocumented immigrants would be paired with a starkly contrasting story demonstrating why the new policy was necessary.

The obvious villain in this story would have to be Arizona's Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff whose conscience long ago self-deported to someplace where it wouldn't be constantly abused by corruption and civil rights violations. So it was, that on the same day the president announced a more humane immigration policy, the Arizona Republic reported that "Maricopa County Sheriff Office deputies arrested a 6-year-old suspected illegal immigrant."

It's all part of Joe Arpaio's unique version of No (Foreign) Child Left Behind (in the United States).

Monday, June 18, 2012

America's Voice Education Fund | Obama's New Immigration Policy: What You Need to Know

America's Voice Education Fund | Obama's New Immigration Policy: What You Need to Know

To start, DHS issued this press statement to break the news, outlining that those who meet the following criteria will be eligible “on a case by case” basis. Here are the criteria:

  • Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
  • Are not above the age of thirty.

Monopolies hold back Mexico's economy with high prices, poor service - KansasCity.com

Monopolies hold back Mexico's economy with high prices, poor service - KansasCity.com

Enter a store in Mexico, and you’re likely to find only two brands of fresh milk, Lala and Alpura. The two companies control the market. The same goes for beer. Two conglomerates have a lock.

In fresh bread, most brands belong to Bimbo, a massive company.

Pick up the cellphone on the way home, and you’ll probably be enriching the world’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim Helu, who controls Telcel, Mexico’s biggest cellular network. Another company Slim owns, Telmex, operates nearly all of Mexico’s fixed-line telephones.

Mexico is a country of concentrated economic power, and in some cases outright monopolies. It’s an arrangement that limits Mexico’s hopes of a thriving economy, chokes its consumers, discourages competition and prevents better products and services from emerging in the marketplace. It’s been this way for decades, and analysts caution against expecting change anytime soon.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/16/3656745/monopolies-hold-back-mexicos-economy.html#storylink=cpy

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Buscan en Arizona a ex trabajadores mexicanos para pagarles salarios

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San Luis Río Colorado, Son., 16 Jun. (Notimex).- El consulado de México en Yuma, Arizona, busca a 470 ex trabajadores mexicanos de la empresa Escamilla&Sons de ese condado, que tienen salarios sin cobrar desde 2008 y 2009.


La oficial de Protección del despacho consular en esa región arizonense, Patricia Pinzón, indicó que realizan una labor para localizar a esas personas, algunas de las cuales pueden estar del lado mexicano.

Refirió que la compañía que opera en el condado de Yuma los contrató durante los años 2008 y 2009, pero tienen pendientes de cobrar algunos salarios.

En dicha instancia se les proporciona toda la asesoría jurídica gratuita referente a la manera en que pueden cobrar sus sueldos, expresó en visita a esta frontera.

Los ex empleados de la firma pueden hablar al teléfono 928-343-00-66 del Consulado de Yuma, Arizona, dijo, donde se les ofrecerá información adicional.

http://www.notimex.com.mx/admon/twitter.php?d=1048183156&c=N

Iowa rep will file lawsuit over immigration announcement – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

Iowa rep will file lawsuit over immigration announcement – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

Firebrand Republican Rep. Steve King announced his intention Friday to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, calling unconstitutional the administration's plan to stop deporting some young, illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children.

"This is no longer a debate about immigration policy. The debate is now about the Constitution and the Rule of Law," the Iowa congressman said in a statement. "I am preparing to bring suit against the President and ask for a court to enjoin him from implementing his unconstitutional and unlawful policy."

Comments:
ghtbad: GOOD!!!!! Nice to see a member of Congress with some backbone. Stand strong Rep. Steve King. You have thousands, no millions, more supporting you than Obama could ever hope to have.

ketrout: Thank you Rep. King!!! What Obama is doing is beyond ANY understanding and needs to be STOPPED AT ONCE!
OBAMA NEEDS TO BE TRIED FOR TREASON, FOR WORKING THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT IN-ORDER TO TURN OUR ONCE GREAT COUNTRY INTO A 3RD WORLD COUNTRY.
WAKE UP AMERICA, WE MUST PUT A STOP TO OBAMA'S ACTIONS AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOW!!!!!!

Jowl: Good. Notice when asked why he preferred foreign illegals over American citizens, Obama didn't say " I don't"' like any normal American would. He said "Now is not the time for questions". Disgusting Barack Obama should be ashamed of hisself.

Friday, June 15, 2012

U.S. to Stop Deporting Some Immigrants - NYTimes.com

U.S. to Stop Deporting Some Immigrants - NYTimes.com

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration.


The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently under 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, be in school or have served in the military.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Homeland Security Bill 2012: House Passes $46 Billion Measure Containing Anti-Abortion Rider

Homeland Security Bill 2012: House Passes $46 Billion Measure Containing Anti-Abortion Rider

A Homeland Security spending bill approved by the GOP-led House on Thursday includes a provision to bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement from providing abortions for undocumented immigrant detainees.

The measure, proposed by Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., would block ICE from using agency funding to provide abortion services for detainees except in the case of rape, incest or if there life of the mother would be endangered.

The provision was attached to a $46 billion Homeland Security spending bill approved on a party-line 234-182 vote. It has little chance of surviving in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Barbara Gonzalez, an ICE spokeswoman, said the agency has not paid for abortion services since its 2003 creation.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Midwife birth certificates tied to immigration problems along Texas border - CNN.com

Midwife birth certificates tied to immigration problems along Texas border - CNN.com

The women's lives have taken different paths since the days they were born.

Brenda Vazquez is a 29-year-old elementary school teacher in Matamoros, Mexico. Laura Castro lives across the border in Brownsville, Texas. She is a 32-year-old housewife who helps her husband manage several stores.

They share one thing in common: Both say they were delivered by midwives in south Texas, but pressured by U.S. Border Patrol agents to deny their U.S. citizenship.

Their problems began, according to attorney Jaime Diez, when a group of midwives along the U.S.-Mexico border were found guilty of selling birth certificates to people who were not born in the United States.

"Now all the midwives in the area are suspected of committing fraud," said Diez, who said his office regularly sees cases of people delivered by midwives in Texas. Some of them are struggling to get passports because officials question the validity of their birth certificates, he said. Others have been deported and had their identification documents confiscated at the border, he said.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Steve Smith, White Supremacist, Wins Republican Post With Single Vote

Steve Smith, White Supremacist, Wins Republican Post With Single Vote

A northeastern Pennsylvania man with longstanding ties to white supremacist groups entered a polling place on primary election day and wrote in his name for a low-level position with the local Republican Party committee.

Steve Smith wound up getting elected with a single vote – his own – and now presents a headache for a GOP that doesn't want him but might not be able to get rid of him.