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President Barack Obama on Jon Stewart Daily Show- 7/21/2015

President Barack Obama on Jon Stewart Daily Show- 7/21/2015

(One Last Interview – Jon Stewart leaves the Daily Show next month)

REUTERS – President Barack Obama’s campaign to convince Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal led him on Tuesday to a veterans’ convention and ‘The Daily Show’, where he took jabs at those opposing the agreement.

In a back and forth on Comedy Central’s nightly political satire show, Obama pushed back against hard questions from host Jon Stewart.   Continue reading

Barack H. Obama is the Greatest President of Modern Times

Barack H. Obama is the Greatest President of Modern Times

President Obama

President Obama

By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson
PoliticusUSA.    Monday, December, 29th, 2014  

It is difficult to compare presidents outside of a narrow context of time. It is like trying to compare baseball players, like Ruth and Aaron, or football players, like Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. For athletes, the games they play were different then; and for presidents, not only the country, but the world is different.

There is no way of knowing how a president today would have fared when faced with the prospect of the First or Second World War, or how they would have handled the advent of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. These are answers we can never have answered, and speculation is pointless. Despite any internal similarities, the external contexts cannot be ignored: Korea is not Vietnam and Vietnam is not Iraq.   Continue reading

US immigration reform: A political strategy that lacks humanity

US immigration reform: A political strategy that lacks humanity
Published on June 24, 2013
By Pamela F. Izaguirre – Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric AffairsThis is the English version of the original article, first published in Spanish in MetroLatino USA.

It is clear that the future of immigration reform depends on the approval of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Due to the growing political significance of the Latino community in recent elections, the Republican Party will not be able to gain control of the White House in 2016 unless it gets behind the immigration reform bill (S.744).

Every day, the media discusses the future of this bill and questions whether Republicans will support their colleagues from the bipartisan group of senators that wrote the S.744 bill, the gang of eight. The dominant narrative, however, fails to observe that the immigration reform is not just about politics, but more importantly it is about people’s lives. It is not only a matter of Democrats versus Republicans. Immigration reform is concerned with those who for years have contributed their labor to the US economy, yet the reform proposal lacks the tools to protect those who are vulnerable and live in the shadows of the system.  [Read more]

The Plight of America’s Low-Wage Workers by Rosaliene Bacchus

Another informative and well-written Blog entry from Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

Wal-Mart Workers on Strike - December 2012

Behind the strikes at Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, ports, 5 December 2012

Source: current.com/community

 

On 13 March 2013, the Roman Catholic College of Cardinals elected a new head of the Church. Pope Francis I is the first South American pope. His choice of name is noteworthy. Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, had embraced a life of poverty and championed the poor. Pope Francis expressed his desire for a poor church that serves the poor. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he shunned the luxuries granted him for a more simple life.

Does this mean that the new pope will address the plight of low-wage workers and inequality worldwide?

On 12 February 2013, in his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase in the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25, in effect since July 2009, to $9.00. Democrats in the House of Representatives called…

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UNDERSTANDING THE FISCAL CLIFF – short video

UNDERSTANDING THE FISCAL CLIFF (in 2m 30s)

Published on Nov 30, 2012 by 

Acclaimed author, Berkeley professor, and Clinton-era Secretary of Labor Robert Reich lays out the what, why and how of the Fiscal “Cliff”, the showdown in Congress that Republicans created to demand painful cuts in vital domestic programs in exchange for raising taxes on the top 2%. Learn the facts, and the best way out of this forced showdown.