April 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A raucous public debate over the nation's flawed immigration system is set to begin in earnest this week as senators finalize a bipartisan bill to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country, and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Already, negotiators are cautioning of struggles ahead for an issue that has defied resolution for years. An immigration deal came close on the Senate floor in 2007 but collapsed amid interest group bickering and an angry public backlash.
April 6, 2013 |
As the confetti fell from the ceiling and President Obama took the stage for his 2012 victory speech, there may have been a factor he forgot to thank - social media. And as Republican candidate Mitt Romney learned of his defeat, there may have been a factor that wasn't foremost in his mind - social media. In a world where people yearn for information at lightning speed, where perception via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can be a candidate's best friend or worst enemy, it has become increasingly crucial for today's politician to master the information technology of the day. Kevin Arceneaux, an associate professor of political science at Temple University, has watched the use of social media grow from 2004, where they played a minor role, to the present day, where they have become "a central tool for campaigns.
April 5, 2013 |
THE PRIMARY election season for the 2016 presidential cycle may be three years away but we've already noticed one name missing from the pack of would-be contenders in several polls. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum , who finished second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican primaries, is not getting much pollster attention. That stood out to us because Romney finished second in the 2008 Republican primaries to U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who finished second in 2000 to former Texas Gov. George W. Bush . McCain and Romney went on to win the GOP nomination for president in their next attempts.
March 28, 2013 |
President Obama said he was confident that an immigration bill would pass in the next several months, as key senators charged with crafting the legislation indicated that their process was almost complete. Speaking to reporters after touring the U.S.-Mexico border with other lawmakers, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D., N.Y.) said a bipartisan Senate group was "90 percent" done with its draft of a bill to revamp U.S. immigration law. "Bottom line is, we are very close," Schumer, who is part of an eight-member group working on the proposal, said Wednesday at the news conference in Arizona.
February 18, 2013 |
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Republican opponents of former Sen. Chuck Hagel's stalled bid to become defense secretary said Sunday that they probably will allow his Senate confirmation vote to proceed unless material more damaging to the nominee surfaces in the coming week. Critics said the decorated Vietnam combat veteran is a "radical" unqualified to lead the U.S. military. "No, I don't believe he's qualified," Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), said on NBC's Meet the Press of his fellow Republican.
February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are pushing ahead with a vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, rejecting Republican demands for more financial information from Hagel in a politically charged fight over President Obama's second-term national security team. In a brief statement, Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said the panel would meet Tuesday afternoon with the "intention to vote on the nomination after the members have an opportunity for discussion.
December 6, 2012 |
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge , will stay in the hospital a bit longer for treatment of severe morning sickness. The news she is with bairn has exploded the brains of the world. Snooki of Jersey Shore has sage advice for Kate: "It's hard, but don't stress out! Enjoy your pregnancy and be excited. " Kate's said to be feeling better, especially after William, Duke of the Same Cambridge , visited her. TV news from all over Newt Gingrich ran into NBC's Parks and Recreation filming at the St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis.
November 27, 2012
President Obama carried Philadelphia by nearly a half-million votes in the Nov. 6 general election, drawing fewer votes than he did four years ago but piling up a bigger margin against Republican Mitt Romney than he did against John McCain, according to an official canvass made public Monday. The final totals - to be certified next week unless there's a legal protest - gave Obama 588,711 votes, or 85.2 percent, vs. 96,437 votes for Romney, just short of 14 percent. Obama's margin in Philadelphia was 492,274 votes - the difference in the election, since Romney carried the rest of Pennsylvania by about 185,000 votes.
November 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican senators' angry criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over her initial account of the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya smacks of sexism and racism, a dozen female members of the House said Friday. The Democratic women lashed out at Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham who earlier this week called Rice unqualified and untrustworthy and promised to scuttle her nomination if President Obama nominates her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "All of the things they have disliked about things that have gone on in the administration, they have never called a male unqualified, not bright, not trustworthy," said Rep. Marcia Fudge (D., Ohio)
October 23, 2012 |
FARMVILLE, Va. - For 10 presidential races in a row, Virginia voted reliably Republican. Then came 2008, and Barack Obama's victory. Now, the GOP is battling to take back what it still regards as its turf. But this isn't the sleepy, agrarian Old Dominion that reflexively backed Republicans in every White House election from Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 through George W. Bush in 2004, except for Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 national landslide. A population boom and its attendant cultural, economic, and demographic changes, particularly since the 1990s, has transformed a state both parties had dismissed for decades as a Republican redoubt into a pivotal electoral battleground for the second presidential race in a row. Virginians are unaccustomed to nonstop presidential campaign stops and incessant negative ads. It's all aimed at Harry Donahue and other independent voters, many of whom altered Virginia's political complexion by moving here in the last 20 years.