ABC, CBS, and NBC rejected pleas made Wednesday by the White House to air the speech, scheduled for 8 pm ET, in which Obama planned to discuss his unilateral plan for immigration reform that will include temporary reprieve from deportation for as much as 5 million additional undocumented immigrants.
Conservative Christian pastor Bryan Fischer declared in a column for RenewAmerica.com that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion must only apply to Christianity, otherwise, Satanism will have to be recognized as an official religion.
Republican governors Wednesday warned fellow conservatives in Washington against shutting down the U.S. government in response to President Barack Obama’s expected move to ease immigration policy.
The release of the annual report of the US Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is being seized upon by the media and politicians of both parties to press for a new round of devastating cuts to pension benefits for tens of millions of retired industrial and other private-sector workers.
Elizabeth Warren, former Harvard Law School professor, influential Democratic senator: United States headed in wrong direction, called on fellow Democrats to do more for working class people, Democratic Party lost sight of its priorities in recent years, long way to go before Democrats can say we’re working for America’s people. Slammed Republicans on education, job creation, economic policies.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R): new policy that could cut off food stamps for thousands of people in his state would be “ennobling” for poor people. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration: would no longer request waiver to federal work requirement for certain people who use SNAP program. 65,000 single could lose food stamp benefits unless they are working 20 hours a week or attending job training.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: urgent need for a new world order, "Nobody in the West offered concrete program to restore Crimea," "Nobody is willing to fight over eastern Ukraine." "We have to remember Russia an important part of the international system, useful in solving all sorts of other crises.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger:“The annexation of Crimea was not a move toward global conquest, doesn’t make any sense a week after the close of the Olympics, Putin would take Crimea and start a war over Ukraine. resumption of the Cold War would be historic tragedy. Ifconflict is avoidable, one should try to avoid it. Russia is an important part of the international system.
Executives at investment firms that manage Chicago pension funds have since 2011 poured more than $600,000 in contributions into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign operation and political action committees (PACs) that support him, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times.
Lockheed Martin for years running one of the government’s most important nuclear research facilities, Sandia National Laboratories. Five years ago, its contract with Department of Energy (DOE) was coming to an end, Lockheed Martin started to lobby to win extension using money paid by DOE for Lockheed Martin to run Sandia. Contractors forbidden from using taxpayer money to lobby for more contracting work. Lockheed Martin did it anyway.
Friction between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine is becoming more salient as the world’s strongest economies gather in Australia to talk international economic development.
Republican, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher; California: Wake up and see where the American people are, fundamental principles are individual liberty, limited government, which Republicans have always talked about, doctor-patient relationship, states’ rights and the 10th Amendment." Appealed to Republican colleagues to rethink their approach to marijuana laws; “things have really changed in Washington.
Labor group, Our Walmart, planning protests at 1,600 Walmart stores nationwide for higher wages on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. Police arrested 23 at Los Angeles-area Walmart protesting low wages.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Friday complete his working visit to Russia's Far Eastern Federal District and arrive in Australian city of Brisbane to attend the G20 summit. During his visit, Putin is scheduled to hold a meeting with the leaders of BRICS, as well as working contacts with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Switzerland has signed up to the latest package of the European Union's sanctions against Russia imposed in September over the crisis in Ukraine.
The Russian Lower House has passed the first reading of a bill that introduces fines for businesses which sell products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) without warning customers on the packaging.
President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality. Obama: "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act."
America’s major telecoms and cable companies and business groups came out fighting on Monday after Barack Obama called for tough new regulations for broadband that would protect net neutrality, saying they were “stunned” by the president’s proposals.
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker is proposing creating military units manned exclusively by foreigners to counter the threat from radical groups such as Islamic State in Central Asia.MP Roman Khudyakov: Foreign Legion have contract soldiers from 136 nations, not a single French citizen has to die in a war. Why should our soldiers die? We must answer modern day challenges of global security or terrorism.”
President Obama: Federal Communications Commission should “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.” No service should be stuck in a 'slow lane' because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth."
A vast majority of people in Catalonia have voted for secession in the region’s referendum for independence amid oppositions from the Spanish government.
Wisconsin could have one of the nation’s most sweeping drug-testing requirements for those receiving public benefits if the proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to test those who apply for unemployment checks and food stamps becomes law.
A former British defense secretary has slammed the UK’s arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, saying they are using British weapons to suppress civilians. According to recent figures, the British government sold over 95 million dollars (60 million pounds) worth of arms to these countries in 2014.
Refusal of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party to join the new US and EU Cold War against Russia,has seen the Hungarian parliament approving a law to build the South Stream gas pipe policies Fidesz adopted against largely foreign owned banks and energy companies, met with angry response from Washington and Brussels.
London has claimed victory in its row with the European Union over a €2.1 billion budget contribution, saying it has been able to reduce and delay the surcharge. UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne: "We have halved the bill, we have delayed the bill, we will pay no interest on the bill."
EU finance ministers have agreed to extend a deadline for Britain to pay its ?2.1 billion surcharge after London refused to pay before 1 December. EU demanded Britain pay the surcharge based on a recalculation of its budgets over several years.
Dumping some 100 tons of manure and rotten vegetables in Chartres was part of a wave of protest by French farmers, who are angry with overregulation, sluggish economy and lack of protectionism.
Catalan interior chief Ramón Espadaler,leading member of the government led by breakaway president Artur Mas, said that the region’s Mossos d’Esquadra police force would have to obey orders and prevent vote on Catalonia’s independence from Spain, scheduled to take place on Sunday.
As part of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, the city has turned over nearly 500 vehicles and other pieces of city infrastructure, the vast majority of them in completely functional condition, for auction to the highest bidder.
Voters approved increases in the minimum wage in five states and city of San Francisco, same voters elected Republicans to US Senate seats, although the Republican Party blocked any increase in the federal minimum wage. Alaska, voters approved increase in minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.75 an hour by 2016.
Yesterday, by a significant margin, Mendocino County became the first county in California, and the second county in the country to pass into law a very powerful local ordinance that declares local self-governing rights in their communities over state and federal jurisdiction. Over 67% of the votes cast were in favor of the measure.
With this year's election now over and lawmakers relieved of the pressure that coincides with daily interaction with constituents, President Obama announced that he would ask Congress to give him approval he needs to continue, and expand, multi-front war against the militant group known as ISIS.
European Union's newly-appointed foreign policy chief has condemned recent elections in Ukraine’s eastern regions as “illegal and illegitimate.” In a press conference with Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna in Warsaw on Thursday, Federica Mogherini said the EU will not recognize the leadership elections, which were held inDonetsk and Lugansk regions last week.
Colorado; Proposition 105, to compel companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients defeated by 2-1 margin Tuesday. Oregon voters also considered a measure, still too close to call. Hawaii, Maui County voters decided to temporarily ban genetically engineered crops.
Crucial Election for Drug Policy Reform, as Voters in Oregon, Alaska, D.C., Florida, California, New Mexico, New Jersey and Elsewhere Vote on Marijuana Legalization, Sentencing Reform and Other Issues.
Republicans have gained control of the United States Senate for the first time since 2006, wresting victories from Democrats as midterm voters expressed frustration with President Barack Obama and the White House.
Oregonians 21 and older will be able to possess and smoke marijuana starting July 1 of 2015, able to carry one ounce legally, have eight ounces at home, allowed to grow up four plants for personal use.
Two important items will be appearing on Oregon voting ballots. Up for a vote are important GMO banning and restriction initiatives, as well as Measure 91,which would legalize marijuana in the state. Colorado and Washington are enjoying record tax-profits from the legalization of marijuana.
David Cameron has been warned by German chancellor Angela Merkel that she would rather see the UK leave the European Union than change freedom of movement rules. Cameron looking at whether the government can ask EU immigrants to leave the country unless they can support themselves within three months of arriving in the UK.
The United States denounced an election in eastern Ukraine over the weekend as “sham”, saying it was illegal and illegitimate. White House said in a statement. White House: “The United States condemns the illegitimate, so-called 'elections' on Sunday by Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk."
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