San Antonio mayor asks for undocumented to be protected from deportation

Apr 15, 2014

The Obama administration should change its deportation policy to protect undocumented immigrants who have family members who are U.S. citizens, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro says.

"We should look at people who have been

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Mexican-American studies belong in Texas schools

Apr 15, 2014

If you've seen the recently released film, “Cesar Chavez,” you heard the iconic phrase, “We've seen the future and the future is ours.” Chávez might have been talking about today's Texas Latinos.

As Gary Scharrer, a former San Antonio Express-News reporter, wrote in a recent

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Ignoring Latino Community May Have Cost Kathleen Sebelius Her Job

Apr 15, 2014

Hispanics were supposed to be one of the groups in the country who benefited the most from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But a few days after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation, Latinos

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Inmigrantes sacaron de la ‘inmunda’ a la Nueva York de los años 70, indica estudio

Apr 14, 2014

"Los datos hablan por sí mismos: desde la cuasi bancarrota de mediados de los años 70, los inmigrantes se convirtieron en un motor de la espectacular recuperación de la ciudad", señala el documento, publicado esta semana por la ONG Americas Society

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EU pide revelar todo sobre "Heartbleed"

Apr 14, 2014

El revelar las vulnerabilidades en el software comercial y de fuente abierta es de interés público y no debería negarse a la ciudadanía a menos que haya una necesidad clara de seguridad nacional o policial, destacó el sábado el Consejo de Seguridad Nacional del presidente Barack

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Texas Senate might get a makeover

Apr 15, 2014

A new era may be dawning in the Republican-dominated Texas Legislature. And — for a change — this time it won’t be in the 150-member House of Representatives, which in the last three sessions has experienced a high turnover and even some turmoil.

The 31-member Senate, which usually has low turnover — two new senators in the 2011 session and six last year, though four came from the House — might see the highest number of departures in more than a decade. As of now, five senators won’t be back and four others — including Lubbock Republican Robert Duncan — might not return either.

More on Duncan later because the biggest change the upper chamber might experience is at the top. The conventional thinking in Austin is that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the presiding officer, won’t be back next year. Dewhurst, who was first elected in 2002, is facing Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston in the May 27


 

 

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Texas Senators vying for higher posts spar in hearing

Apr 15, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Senate panel's discussion about how best to overhaul the curriculum and testing procedures for Texas high schools at times felt like a political debate Monday, as a gubernatorial hopeful and two candidates for lieutenant governor shared the spotlight.

Tea party-backed state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston heads the Senate Education Committee but is also the favorite to unseat incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and will face him in a runoff for the Republican nomination next month. The winner advances to November's general election against another committee member, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, the Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial nominee.

Also in attendance was state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat competing with Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, who is not seeking

 

 

 

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David Alvarez Supporters Analyze Loss In San Diego Mayoral Runoff Election

Apr 15, 2014

Above: San Diegans who pounded the pavement in hopes of bringing the city’s first Latino mayor into office gathered over the weekend to discuss why Councilman David Alvarez lost the election last February. Fronteras reporter Jill Replogle tells us that changing demographics is behind one theory. San Diegans who pounded the pavement in hopes of bringing the city’s first Latino mayor into office gathered over the weekend to discuss why San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez lost the mayoral election last February.

Some 75 people, including Alvarez, took part in the post-election diagnosis at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. Campaign leaders, community activists and experts on Latino voters presented data and theories about the defeat. For one thing, voter turnout was undeniably low — about 44 percent. And turnout was even lower in most districts that

 


 

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Hispanic Latino Immigration Politics

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform

Apr 15, 2014

President Obama has failed to persuade the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reform, but if anybody can make a moral argument it is Pope Francis.

These two men who broke barriers, the first Latin American pope and the first African- American president, met for the first time recently in Rome.

Among the issues they discussed were income inequality and immigration reform. There are political and economic reasons why immigration reform is needed in the U.S. Republicans will most likely lose the next presidential election and the Latino vote again unless they pass immigration reform.

We also know that immigrants contribute to our economy.

 

 

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How failure of immigration reform could drag down Paul Ryan

Apr 15, 2014

Paul Ryan is in Iowa today, and Paul Kane takes a look at all the jockeying and whispering around whether Ryan will run for President. It turns out even Ryan associates think the Congressional GOP’s fiscal policies — which are perhaps best expressed in Ryan’s budget, the GOP’s most comprehensive statement of priorities — think it could hamper his presidential hopes: Even some of Ryan’s friends think the congressional brand of the Republican Party is so tainted by its fiscal battles with Obama that the GOP needs a governor to run as an outsider in 2016. Moments after Ryan finished speaking at Branstad’s Iowa event in November, the governor told reporters that he, too, wants a Republican governor, not Ryan, at the top of


 

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Marco Rubio Shakes Up Staff And Stirs 2016 Presidential Rumors

Apr 15, 2014

Marco Rubio is beefing up his political action committee, making significant high-level changes to it and his senatorial staff. The changes are intensifying speculation that Rubio – who many thought that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would pick to be his vice president in 2102 – is preparing the terrain for the 2016 presidential race.

Publicly, Rubio, a Florida Republican, has said he has not yet decided whether to aim for the White House in two years, or whether he’ll seek re-election to the Senate. His announcement, on his website, suggested he might be looking at running in 2016, but stopped short of declaring it outright. “As we look forward to big things the rest of this year and beyond, this will allow us to maximize our team’s

 

 

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Chris Christie update: Now the Manhattan DA is investigating too

Apr 15, 2014

It’d be a stretch to say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had put his Bridgegate-related troubles behind him, but until this weekend, it was not unreasonable for one to think that Christie could at least take comfort in the fact that the multiple investigations being undertaken by different authorities were out in the open and thus not liable to be sources of surprise. Yet a new report this weekend shows that even this silver lining is less shiny than it seemed, because a whole new team is now reportedly working hard to see if Christie’s handling of the infamously corrupt Port Authority fell below even that sketchy agency’s standards.

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Charles Koch’s public message represents rhetorical spin at its flimsiest

Apr 15, 2014

Why are the Koch brothers so misunderstood?

This seemed to be the impetus for an op-ed piece the other day that billionaire businessman Charles G. Koch, who helped build his family fortune in Wichita, wrote for The Wall Street Journal. You could almost hear him weep. The defenders of liberty, prosperity and the American way, Koch and his brother, David, are subject to “almost daily” barrages of “character assassination.” What kind of treatment is that, Koch wonders, for people who are devoted to improving the lives of citizens? We are environmentalists, too, he contended. “Our refineries have consistently ranked among the best in the nation for low per-barrel emissions,” he wrote of

 

 

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Lazy School Choice Attack Blames Parents, Shames Public Schools, Misses the Point

Apr 15, 2014

Last Thursday's Isthmus contained a pointed attack on school choice in Wisconsin. It was nothing new, especially in Madison. However, what makes this piece so special is its tremendous reliance on stale arguments that have been rattled off by opponents of school choice for decades.

The Progressive Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ruth Conniff attacked efforts to expand the state's Wisconsin Parental Choice Program in an op-ed in the local paper's Daily Page. In it, she led off by suggesting that conservative groups like the Bradley Foundation and Americans for Prosperity are behind the push, criticized WKCE scores in Milwaukee's

 

 


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Chris Christie's Sandy approval rating drops in new Quinnipiac poll

Apr 15, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie’s marks for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts took a hit, a poll released today shows, with roughly half of New Jersey voters saying they approve of the governor’s management of storm rebuilding.

That’s down from 85 percent of voters who said they approved of Christie’s handling of Sandy recovery the last time Quinnipiac University Poll asked the question about a year ago.

Still, the governor — who has recently faced a series of critical reports about his administration’s distribution of Sandy aid — fares better than the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance companies, which voters continue to rate poorly.

"Garden State voters flunk FEMA and insurance companies for their Sandy recovery work" said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac

 

 

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Charlie Crist's First Field Office to Open in Broward This Week

Apr 15, 2014

The Charlie Crist campaign has announced that it will open an office in Broward County this upcoming weekend.

The field office, which will be located at 320 S. University Drive in Plantation, is the first Crist field office to open in Florida as the former governor preps for another go at Tallahassee.

The Broward office's grand opening will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and will be the central hub for the most Democratic county in Florida to start its push to get the once-Republican governor back into office as a Democratic governor.

The Crist campaign sent out an email calling the field office a place "where supporters come together to make calls, plan the outreach, and of course, drink the coffee that will keep us working hard all the way through November 4th." As it is with any


 

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Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence

Apr 14, 2014

In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition. Many of the major players in the field were there — regulators from the Federal Trade Commission, federal and state prosecutors, top congressional staffers.

What the guests had not been told was that the day-long academic conference was in large part the work of Google, which maneuvered behind the scenes with GMU’s Law & Economics Center to put on the event. At the time, the company was under FTC investigation over concerns about the dominance of its famed search engine, a case that threatened Google’s core business. In the weeks leading up to the GMU event, Google executives suggested potential speakers and guests, sending the center’s staff a

 


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No, don't turn Social Security cards into voter IDs

Apr 14, 2014

Some Democrats have suddenly embraced the old notion of turning Social Security cards into national photo IDs. The goal is to undermine Republican voter suppression efforts that rely on demanding government-issued photos, by making these universally available. What a terrible idea. First, the endorsement parade: It was started this week by former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young while attending a ceremony at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Apparently speaking off the cuff as chairman of a voting reform organization called Why Tuesday?, Young urged President Obama to order the Social Security Administration to offer a photo option on Social Security cards. "It is our obligation to make sure that every citizen has the ability to obtain a government issued photo ID," he said, "and the Social Security Administration

 

 

 

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10 questions that could decide Election 2014

Apr 14, 2014

Seven months out from Election Day, there are a few things we can say with a high degree of confidence: 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for the GOP. Republicans have a decent shot of taking the Senate and possibly padding their House majority. And Obamacare is the biggest, perhaps the dominant, issue in the battle for Congress.

Beyond that broad-brush picture, it’s anyone’s guess.

As the days fly by, though, the hazy outlook will become clearer, and more clues will emerge about whether this will be simply a good year for the GOP or a rout. The policy terms on which the election is fought will be increasingly cemented in place. And some important intraparty struggles — especially within the GOP — will begin to shake out well before Election Day. Here’s a look at 10 key questions that will be answered between now and Nov. 4 — and will go a long way toward deciding the election:

 

 

 

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Jeb Bush remarks expose GOP's immigration problem

Apr 14, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - With three little words, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a fury this week that served as a potent reminder of how difficult the immigration issue remains for his possible presidential ambitions and the Republican Party.

An early GOP establishment favorite, Bush has long urged his fellow Republicans to show more compassion for those who enter the country illegally. But when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an "act of love" by people hoping to provide for their families, the backlash from his own party was swift and stinging. Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho accused Bush of "pandering." Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and House Speaker John Boehner said the country should enforce the "rule of law." And conservative commentator Michelle Malkin created a new Twitter hashtag: #CancelJebBush. In a speech Thursday night to an annual gathering of Connecticut "

 

 

 

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Pelosi arms Dems against Ryan budget

Apr 14, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is arming Democrats in their fight against the Republicans' latest budget proposal as Congress heads into the long, spring recess.

Democratic leaders have decided that hammering the 2015 budget plan from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is a winner. With that in mind, Pelosi's office has issued an attack guide to each member of her caucus highlighting provisions of the GOP plan that Democrats think will generate the most backlash from voters.

The strategy is designed to contrast the sharp differences between the parties' economic visions for the country, but also to steer the campaign debate away from President Obama's healthcare law. That law remains a political liability for Democrats in much of the country, particularly the purple districts that will be the most hotly contested in November.

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Climate change threatens human health

Apr 14, 2014

AS global temperature continues to rise due to climate change so are diseases. “Climate change endangers human health,” declares Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO).

“Without effective action, climate change is going to be larger and more difficult to deal with than we thought,” said Dr. Chris Field, who was a coordinating lead author of the report issued by the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Health scientists pointed out that should earth’s thermostat continues to rise, human health problems will also become more frequent and severe. “The warming of the planet will be gradual, but the effects of extreme weather events will be abrupt and acutely felt,” Chan said. “Both trends can affect some of the most fundamental determinants of health: air, water, food, shelter and freedom

 

 

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President Obama Addresses Low Turnout Of Latino Voters In Midterm Elections

Apr 14, 2014

With a strong potential for Republicans, who are a majority in the House, to take control of the Senate as well in the November midterm elections, President Obama had stern words for Latino and black voters. They don’t step up to the plate, he said, in midterm elections. And that’s a big reason that Democrats don’t do well in these elections, he said.

"Our voters are younger, more unmarried women, more African-American and Latino voters," Obama said at a fundraising event in Houston on Wednesday for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to The Washington Post. "They get excited about general elections; they don't get as excited about midterm elections." Blacks and Latinos reliably cast their votes in presidential elections, Obama noted, but added: “We have this congenital disease, which is in midterm elections we don't vote

 

 

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El papiro que habla de la esposa de Jesús no es una falsificación

Apr 14, 2014

efe | nueva york El presunto extracto de un evangelio apócrifo en el que Jesús hablaba de su esposa ha sido examinado por los científicos, que han concluido que tanto el papiro como la tinta concuerdan con la época atribuida al documento, entre los siglos VI y IX, se informó ayer. El conocido como «evangelio de la mujer de Jesús», escrito en copto (la lengua de los antiguos cristianos egipcios) y en el que se puede leer «Jesús les dijo, mi esposa...», desató la polémica en 2012, cuando la historiadora de la Universidad de Harvard Karen L. King lo presentó en el Congreso Internacional de Estudios Coptos en Roma.

Ahora, un equipo de investigadores de las universidades de Harvard,

 

 

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EEUU: No se quemaba camión que chocó con autobús

Apr 14, 2014

RED BLUFF, California, EE.UU. -- Investigadores federales no han hallado evidencia que confirme la versión de un testigo que afirmó que un camión de FedEx estaba en llamas antes de estrellarse contra un autobús de estudiantes de secundaria en el norte de California, lo que derivó en la muerte de 10 de ellos, se informó el domingo.

Mark Rosekind, de la Junta Nacional de Seguridad del Transporte (NTSB por sus siglas en inglés) indicó que los investigadores no descartan que hubo un incendio antes del choque, pero un experto en incendios no halló evidencia de que hubiera llamas cuando el camión cruzó el separador central, chocó de refilón con un Nissan Altima y se estrelló contra el autobús.

 

 

 

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El FBI estaría investigando a Herbalife

Apr 14, 2014

Herbalife, una compañía internacional con base en Los Angeles, y que se dedica a la venta de batidos en todo el mundo, está bajo supuesta investigación criminal de parte del Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos, informó la prensa de ese país.

Según un informe del Financial Times y que reproduce The Verge, la investigación está aún en una etapa preliminar y hasta el momento no se han presentado cargos contra la compañía. Esta información es precedida de noticias sobre la apertura de una investigación civil contra Herbalife por parte de la Comisión Federal de Comercio. El gestor de fondos de cobertura Bill Ackman ha acusado públicamente a empresa de ser un esquema piramidal y ha publicado varios

 

 

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Special Article for The Menudo Report/Latino Political Avenue

The National Chicano Moratorium: August 29, 1970

by: Rev. Juan Romero

Apr 7, 2014

Fifty thousand Latinos from throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles filled Dodger Stadium on June 1, 1986.  It was the local culmination and cloture of the national consultation process of Hispanics sponsored by the Bishops of the United States: El Tercer Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral.  The new Archbishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Roger M. Mahony told the people, to their great applause, "I am your bishop," and proceeded to declaim for the local church the Pastoral Plan that had emerged from the collective consultations on the national and local levels. It was a glory day that throbbed with excitement and life! Frank del Olmo of the L. A. Times called it the largest gathering of Hispanics for any event in L.A. history. It was the celebration of a pilgrim journey of a people in col1ective fulfillment of the Lord's will.


What a contrast to that Christmas Eve of 1969 when a group of Chicano  activists, calling themselves Católicos Por La Raza, demonstrated outside of St. Basil's Church on posh Wilshire Boulevard during Midnight Mass. They were denouncing James Francis Cardinal McIntyre and the Church of Los Angles for being insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the Church.  Although those allegations had been made in anger, and received in great pain, the polarization between Mexican Americans and the Church that once existed was now symbolically healed. The Catholic Church was now overtly seen to be on the side of the Latino.

 

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The GOP's Hypocrisy Regarding Immigration Reform

by Maria T. Cardona

March 17, 2014

The truth is that in recent months we have seen how low Republican leaders in Congress are willing to go. The latest accusations from Speaker of the House, John Boehner, blaming the President for Congress' inaction on immigration reform, shows how desperate the Republican leadership is and how they are running out of excuses to not bring a vote on immigration reform to the floor of the House of Representatives.

Just a week after Republicans published a series of immigration principles they hope to see in an

 

 

 

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Apartheidesque Republican Immigration Principles – DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL

by Nativo-Vigil Lopez

Febuary 10, 2014

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
-Frederick Douglass

It has now been 50 years since the War on Poverty began under President Johnson. Many positive safety net programs were created by the government during that period such as Head Start, food stamps and Medicare and they played an essential role in reducing the level of poverty. However, there have also been many political groups and harmful economic policies enacted that have worked to undermine these efforts. From

 

 

 

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A Growing Income Gap Results in More Educational Inequality

by Jimmy Franco Sr.

January 17, 2014

It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
-Frederick Douglass

It has now been 50 years since the War on Poverty began under President Johnson. Many positive safety net programs were created by the government during that period such as Head Start, food stamps and Medicare and they played an essential role in reducing the level of poverty. However, there have also been many political groups and harmful economic policies enacted that have worked to undermine these efforts. From

 

 

 

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