Washington - A draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA Today would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years. The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years. In addition, the nation´s 11 million illegal immigrants could apply for a newly created "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa, under the bill being written by the White House. The draft was obtained from an Obama administration official who said it was being distributed to various
Boston - The extraterrestrial double whammy that Earth only partially avoided on Friday has triggered an immediate response from astronomers. Several have announced plans to create state-of-the-art detection systems to give warning of incoming asteroids and meteoroids. These include projects backed by Nasa as well as proposals put forward by private space contractors. (Snip) Deep Space Industries – which is based in McLean, Virginia – proposes building 10 spacecraft at a cost of $100m (£65m) over the next four years, though it has not indicated who will fund missions.
PALM CITY, FL — So how much would it cost to pop into Palm City from Washington DC for a weekend of golf at the posh Floridian, such as the three-day getaway President Barack Obama has on tap this weekend? Try around $8,000, including costs for airfare, a chartered helicopter, Floridian guest quarters, golf fees, meals and caddie tips. And that´s if you´re a guest of the ritzy waterfront golf community, founded in 1996 by H. Wayne Huizenga and purchased in 2010 by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, who is hosting Obama´s visit. If you´re a Floridian member,
Is there anybody in charge on either side of the Atlantic who has the remotest understanding of what is happening with the economy? Or even a glimmering of what would be required to bring about its recovery? If there is, then it is the best kept secret in public life. Judging by the pronouncements and policy decisions of a Left-of-centre administration in Washington and a Right-of-centre government here, this total absence of comprehension seems to be common to those of all political persuasions in positions of power: it is the universal blind spot of the governing class. The ability
Earlier this week in his State of the Union address President Obama made some observations on climate change so brimming with falsehoods I´m surprised his nose didn´t fall off.[Snip]The point is that the President of the USA has access to any number of fact checkers and advisers and if he stands up and addresses the nation with a farrago of complete untruths then the buck stops with him. This dissembling and mendacity becomes all the more culpable when it forms the basis of major public policy decisions which will have a serious impact on people´s lives in the US and
In a rare turnabout, Rodney and Leah Gunning Francis fled the suburbs for the city. And they did it for a school. They left Webster Groves in 2011 so their two young boys could get into City Garden Montessori, a charter school in the Botanical Heights neighborhood — an area once known for drug sales and murders, not stellar education. “We got a lot of, ‘Why would you want to do that? Why are you going? What about the boys?’” said Rodney Francis, who leads a social service agency near downtown. Others are making the move with them. And their migration is seen by city leaders as promising evidence
WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts will lose more than 60,000 jobs, much of it in the defense industry, and $127 million in federal research funding, harming a critical sector of the state economy, if Congress allows across-the-board spending cuts to go into effect in March, according to a report released Friday by Representative Edward Markey of Malden. The automatic cuts, known in Beltway parlance as “sequestration,” were scheduled to take place in January under a 2011 budget deal to raise the nation’s debt limit, but the crisis was temporarily averted when Congress struck a last-minute
If the zombies ever do rise up in the U.S., Canada will be prepared. On Thursday in the House of Commons, Canadian politicians debated the prospect of a zombie invasion and demanded to know what the government was prepared to do in case a (typically) American epidemic began to spread northwards. Winnipeg representative Pat Martin asked Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird if he was coordinating with the United States to prepare for an eventual zombie apocalypse. It wasn’t an entirely serious discussion, of course; as the Washington Post put it, the back-and-forth was a “playful jab”
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick has a fast car at Daytona International Speedway -- and she just may have the fastest. Patrick notched a lap of 196.220 mph in the first official Sprint Cup Series practice of the season on Saturday. She posted the speed in the day´s second session, focused on Sunday´s qualifying for the Daytona 500. (Snip)Teammate and team owner Tony Stewart was second quickest, posting a lap of 195.363 mph. Kyle Busch was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Jamie McMurray fifth.
Streams of bullets whiz through the air as LAPD officers surround a mountain cabin to apprehend the onetime cop turned suspected cop killer inside. The cabin catches fire after police start pumping in tear gas. The accused murderer, likely aware of his impending demise does not want to draw out the process any longer and, apparently, points a gun to his head. One final shot rings out…Crackling flames puncture the otherwise deadening silence of the once noisy scene. Then leftover ammunition starts to burst like destructive popcorn, as officers lower their weapons. Christopher Dorner, fugitive
Caracas - When Venezuelan authorities announced a long-overdue devaluation of their currency last week, ministers insisted that the command had come directly from President Hugo Chávez. (Snip) It seems difficult to believe Chávez continues to govern, having not been seen nor heard from since early December when he went through a six-hour operation in Havana. It was the fourth such treatment in a year and a half. Since the operation, no photos, audio or video recordings have been made public of the usually garrulous leader. But, despite his absence, Chávez has still cast a long shadow.
Myrtice White and Cynthia Delaney took MARTA from their jobs at Peachtree Center to Underground Atlanta to do what has become a tradition for many Southerners – breakfast at Waffle House. The excitement ended when the bills came. “Normally, this is about $10,” White said. “I just spent $16.” Delaney shows off a cup of grits and a sandwich. $8. “This is a $5 meal,” Delaney said. “I think the prices are high. But I would rather pay more if it means I am going to be safe.” The Underground Waffle House opened with great fanfare in 2009, bringing one of the city’s favorite restaurants to the
CHICAGO— For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation´s third-largest city, his career wasn´t ended by attempts to amass political power. Instead, it was the former congressman´s desire for flashy items — a gold-plated Rolex watch, furs and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen´s guitar. In a state where stop-at-nothing political ambition has been well documented — and often rewarded — the seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson´s undoing is seen by political observers and at least one former colleague as both nonsensical and sad.
Officials say two F-16 military jets have escorted a small plane away from a no-fly zone above where President Barack Obama is vacationing along Florida’s Treasure Coast. U.S. ArmyLt. Col. Mike Humphreys said the planes forced the Cessna 152 to land in Witham Field in Stuart around noon Saturday. Local authorities met the plane when it landed. No other details were released. Federal Aviation Administration officials said they are investigating whether the Cessna entered the temporarily restricted flight area. Obama is spending the weekend with some friends at the Floridian,
Quetta, Pakistan - Sixty-four people including school children died on Saturday in a bomb attack carried out by extremists from Pakistan´s Sunni Muslim majority, police said. A spokesman for Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni group, claimed responsibility for the bomb in Quetta, which caused casualties in the town´s main bazaar, a school and a computer center. Police said most of the victims were Shi´ites. Burned school bags and books were strewn around. (Snip) "This is a continuation of terrorism against Shi´ites." "I saw many bodies of women and children," said an eyewitness at a hospital.
Two Russian bombers have been caught circling the US island of Guam in a ´highly unusual´ move some are claiming shows President Vladimir Putin´s growing strategic assertiveness towards America. The aircraft - Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons - flew over the western Pacific island just hours before Obama´s state of the union address on Tuesday and were intercepted by Air Force F-15 jets. Officials insisted the surprise training mission ´stayed professional´ and said it was unclear whether the bombers were equipped with nuclear missiles. The bombers remained in international air space, they said.
Rachel Maddow‘s preparation for each of her MSNBC shows is well-documented. Her rise in the ratings is a direct result of this meticulous preparation…around finding facts (instead of noise) to support her nightly claims of GOP hypocrisy. On some cable shows, there’s no there there. With Maddow, while mistakes are made as they are on every other program, there’s some real meat to chew on. (Snip) Which is why it’s disappointing to see her get down in the gutter with nonsense like the Marco Rubio “Watergate” loop that dominated her show on Wednesday night.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Saturday he is traveling to Jordan and Israel, another high-profile event for the senator considered an emerging leader in the Republican Party and a potential 2016 presidential candidate. The first-term senator said the trip is part of his official duties as a member of the chamber’s Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees. “America´s friendship with Israel is a truly special one, and we must continue to do all we can to support this beacon of democracy, religious freedom and free enterprise in the heart of an unstable region,” Rubio said.
A new report out of South Africa indicates that Oscar Pistorius carried Reeva Steenkamp downstairs from the bathroom where he had allegedly shot her, and attempted to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while attempting to save her life. The report comes via Beeld, an Afrikaaans-language newspaper in South Africa. The newspaper reported that Steenkamp was still breathing when local security guards and neighbors arrived at Pistorius´ house, but died shortly afterward. She had been shot four times through the bathroom door. While the first reports indicated that Pistorius had believed
I´m a Catholic, but I´ll admit it (or should I say "confess" it?): When Pope Benedict XVI announced his pending resignation, my first thought wasn´t religious. It was in fact downright superficial. "There goes the best-dressed pontiff ever!" During his nearly eight years on the throne of St. Peter, Benedict has always looked absolutely perfect, sartorially speaking, whether garbed in elaborate vestments for an Easter liturgy or clad in the simple but meticulously tailored white caped cassock (it´s called a "simar" in church lingo) that he wears on more ordinary occasions. He´s been the Duke of Windsor
Obama supporter and actress Eva Longoria is Texas congressman Joaquin Castro’s Spanish tutor. He is the twin brother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Vogue revealed this fact in its feature of Castro and his twin brother Rep. Joaquin Castro (D., Texas) in the March issue, according to the San Antonio Express: As for the article itself, the most revelatory item comes from this tidbit: Actress Eva Longoria sends Joaquin instructional tapes to help him with his Spanish. Julian Castro headlined the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which was a position to rally the Hispanic vote.
I was struck by one particular moment during President Obama’s State of the Union address. The president proposed a $1 billion investment to build a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation to spur high-tech manufacturing in America. (Snip) Message: There is no doubt our economy is primarily being held back by the deleveraging and drop in demand that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis. But they are being reinforced today by uncertainty and worry that we do not have our political house in order and, therefore, our tax, regulatory, pension and entitlement frameworks
Falls Church, VA - Sandwiched between two doctors’ offices at a roadside plaza here is the headquarters of a small team of veteran Republican investigators, operating almost as a private detective squad, who since late last year have had a determined goal: bringing down Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. (Snip) The combination of allegations, of misuse of public office and of sexual misconduct, helped propel the story into the headlines and onto television, and set tongues to wagging at cocktail parties across Washington. Mr. Menendez, who just won his second Senate term
President Obama will take a golf lesson from Tiger Woods´ old swing coach this weekend during a quick golf getaway to Florida. Butch Harmon and his son, Claude III, are flying in to work with Obama at their School of Golf at the newly-redesigned Floridian golf course in Palm City. Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest reports Obama requested a lesson with the Harmons through an aide. He´ll be the latest in a long line of presidents to tee it up with Butch. "I´ve played golf with Ike, Nixon, Ford and President Bush 41," Harmon told Rosaforte.
Gail Collins believes it’s long past time for government to do more to subsidize preschool, as President Obama suggested during the State of the Union. Her big regret is that this wasn’t accomplished in the early 1970s, when it was being advanced by Walter Mondale. As Collins writes about this topic, she refers to these government proposals as part of the “drive to make quality preschool education available to every family in the United States.” Because it’s just that easy, right? Where does Collins—and Obama for that matter—get the child-like faith that somehow getting the federal government
If I make it to 100, I hope I´m healthy enough to wait in line for several hours to vote. I also hope I´m fortunate enough to live in a place that isn´t so callous and corrupt that it would expect me to wait in line for several hours to vote. By that measure, retirement in Florida seems out the question, at least for now. So does Virginia. (Snip) The North Miami resident waited three hours to vote at her local library. "No one should have to wait in line that long," the Haitian immigrant told The New York Times through a family interpreter. "But I was going to persist because I really wanted to vote."