Coalition on immigration bill clears first tests The bipartisan coalition behind a contentious overhaul of immigration laws stuck together on a critical early series of test votes Thursday, turning back challenges from conservative critics as the Senate Judiciary Committee refined legislation to secure the nation's borders and offer eventual citizenship to millions living illegally in the United States. More
Republicans to back Obama's student loan plan House Republicans are willing to give President Barack Obama a rare win, the chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee said Thursday in outlining a deal that would let college students avoid a costly hike on their student loans. More
Obama to open middle-class jobs, opportunity tour Aiming to show he's still focused on creating jobs, President Barack Obama is beginning a series of quick trips around the country to resurrect ideas from his State of the Union address that became overshadowed by the intense debates over gun control, immigration and automatic spending cuts. More
GOP boycotts health care advisory board House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act. More
US home building is surging, but job growth isn't The resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love to help - if he could hire enough qualified people. "There is a shortage of manpower," says Vap, owner of South Valley Drywall in Littleton, Colo. More
Congressional Budget Deal Betrayal - Boston IMC ... growing and creating jobs without more ... urge Members of Congress to oppose it ... Republicans, Democrats and Obama agreed. They won't be ... 12/12/2013 - 3:18 pm | View Link
Democratic Pollster: Slamming Obamacare in 2014 Is a “Trap” for ... - Time ... picture for vulnerable Democrats ... Democratic seats, voters oppose ... voters wanted lawmakers to focus on jobs. ... Boehner is less ... 12/12/2013 - 3:16 pm | View Link
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Obama's Misguided Focus on Inequality Until Democrats—liberals and centrists alike—show government can work, the public won't be receptive to government-driven social-justice proposals. 12/12/2013 - 12:35 pm | View Link
Poll: Public admiration of Obama drops WASHINGTON and#8212; Americans' perceptions of President Barack Obama are falling not only on his handling of the economy and other big issues, but also on more personal qualities such as honesty, a poll finds. 12/12/2013 - 5:41 am | View Link
Poll: Obama approval numbers drop Americans' perceptions of President Barack Obama are falling not only on his handling of the economy and other big issues, but also on more personal qualities such as honesty, a poll finds. 12/11/2013 - 2:21 pm | View Link
AP-GfK poll: Public admiration of Obama drops WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' perceptions of President Barack Obama are falling not only on his handling of the economy and other big issues, but also on more personal qualities such as honesty, a poll finds. 12/11/2013 - 12:48 pm | View Link
The Fix: The worst may be behind Obama. But it cost him dearly. There is no way around the reality that the president's image has been damaged. 12/11/2013 - 6:30 am | View Link
Democrats Tell Me Privately That They Would Love to Oppose Obama, But They're Afraid to Speak Out And this is a great honor, and I'd like to thank you for the work you've done, and thanks for having me on the show. RUSH: You bet. CALLER ... I mean, that's the end of their careers. But there are a lot... I've even had Democrats... 08/26/2013 - 8:53 am | View Link
TOWN HALL: Democrats oppose jobs, oil and more (poll) Its construction alone would create tens of thousands of good private-sector jobs, immediately ... by a natural disaster or political turmoil abroad. Obama, Reid and other leading Democrats oppose the pipeline because environmentalists in their party ... 12/8/2011 - 11:00 am | View Link
Democrats plan next step for Obama's jobs package Reporting from Washington — The Senate blocked President Obama's jobs plan Tuesday night, prompting Democratic leaders to begin laying plans to divide the $447-billion package into pieces they hope will be too politically popular to oppose. 10/12/2011 - 11:14 pm | View Link
Why some Democrats oppose Obama’s jobs bill Not long before the Senate voted to block his $447 billion jobs package on Tuesday, President Obama described the impending roll call as a “moment of truth.” He meant for Republicans, whom he blames for quashing his attempts to improve the economy and ... 10/11/2011 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Senate Democrats rewrite Obama's jobs bill WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats are rewriting portions of President Obama's jobs bill to include a new 5% tax on ... In political terms, Democrats appear to be hoping that Republicans will oppose both the higher taxes on million-dollar ... 10/5/2011 - 3:04 am | View Link
Hundreds solemnly gathered in Washington’s National Cathedral on Thursday to mark the first anniversary of the Newtown school massacre and demand tougher laws to combat gun violence in the United States.
Pop icon Carole King was lined up to perform her 1977 song “In the Name of Love” at the late-afternoon vigil, which organizers hoped would pull the media spotlight away from the New England town where 20 first-grade pupils and six educators were killed.
Several Newtown residents, including relatives of the dead, were expected at the vigil spearheaded by the Newtown Foundation, a non-profit group that calls for tougher gun laws.
“As Christians, we follow one who died at the hands of human violence,” said the Episcopal cathedral’s dean Gary Hall, who noted that 32,000 have died this year in the United States in firearm-related incidents.
“We call our elected leaders to find the moral courage and the political will to lead us all into a new, safer era in American history,” said Hall in remarks released ahead of the vigil.
“Make us instruments of your peace, and strengthen our hearts and hands and minds — not only to care for the victims and survivors of gun violence, but also to bring about the change that will end the violence caused by guns in the hands of the criminal, the sick, and the cruel.”
Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza used an military-style semi-automatic rifle during his shooting spree in the classrooms and hallways of Sandy Hook Elementary School, then shot himself in the head on the morning of December 14, 2012.
He had earlier shot and killed his mother, who owned the guns he used, in her bed as a prelude to the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in the United States after the Virgina Tech massacre in 2007 in which 33 died, including the lone gunman.
Newtown’s civic leaders have urged reporters to stay away from their picturesque and affluent community two hours’ drive from New York to enable it to mourn the victims and comfort each other in peace.
Many news organizations say they will respect the request, while the Newtown Bee newspaper, on its website Thursday, carried a photo of a sign outside a local church that read: “No media — police take notice.”
The school, shuttered after the bloodbath, underwent demolition in October, with plans afoot to erect a new school in its place.
In a report last month, Connecticut state attorney Stephen Sedensky said Lanza had “significant mental health issues” and an obsession with the Columbine high school massacre in Colorado in 1999 in which 15 died, including the two young gunmen.
But he said Lanza’s motive was a mystery.
“The evidence clearly shows that the shooter planned his actions, including the taking of his own life, but there is no clear indication why he did so,” the report said.
The majority of gun-related deaths in the United States involve suicide, but one group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, says an “escalating epidemic of gun violence” is claiming a child’s life every three hours and 15 minutes.
The shocking scale of Newtown triggered calls for tougher gun laws, in a nation where the right “to keep and bear arms” is enshrined in the Constitution and where there are, by some estimates, as many guns as people.
But a high-profile attempt by President Barack Obama to outlaw semi-automatic rifles and expand background checks for gun-buyers failed amid stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association and other gun groups.
The White House said earlier this week that Obama, the father of two young daughters, would honor the Newtown anniversary with a moment of silence on Saturday.
Moms Demand Action has meanwhile announced rallies in more than 35 states for Saturday, each featuring a communal ringing of bells “to remember the victims and show that the time for silence is over.
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Though they are important, let's be honest: Municipal budget figures can be mind-numbingly boring. Even in high-profile, high-stakes dramas like Detroit's bankruptcy, the sheer flood of numbers can encourage people to simply tune it all out for fear of being further confused. Thus, in the interest of not putting you to sleep or further perplexing you, here are three painfully simple questions about Detroit's bankruptcy.
Steve Stockman surprised just about everyone with a last minute decision to give up his safe House seat and enter the primary against John Cornyn. Hes obviously hoping to ride the increasing wave of discontent against the GOP congressional leadership, and force Cornyn into a run-off, where, as Ted Cruz demonstrated, anythings possible.
Did God provide for the salvation of sinners that he chose to be saved, or did God provide a way of salvation and then it is up to sinners to choose it? Wrong question that has been asked The question that SHOULD be asked: Did God know which choice we would make (as to salvation) when He created this universe and bring into existence that choice to be saved, or did He bring into existence His choice for whom He would save when He brought this universe into existence?