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  • Jorge Ramos' USC Commencement Speech 6 minutes ago
    • Yes, I’m asking you to take a stand. Don’t be neutral. Neutrality is for referees in a football game. The really -really- good journalists always take a stand with those who have no voice and with those who have no rights. Maybe you don’t know it yet, but actually you chose to be a fighter. Don’t quit now.

       

  • Rick Santorum Is Entering Republican 2016 Presidential Race - NYTimes.com about 2 hours ago
    • “I worked for Santorum last time,” said Cody Hoefert, the co-chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, with a tone of befuddlement. “The guy wins more states than anyone but Romney and he’s polling at 1 percent.”

  • New Rand Paul op-ed: If I were president I’d have acted more decisively against ISIS « Hot Air about 3 hours ago
    • while he thinks ground combat should be handled by regional forces, there’s potentially a supporting role for American air power to play — effectively the same position that Obama’s taken
    • We should arm and aid capable and allied Kurdish fighters whose territory includes areas now under siege by the ISIS.

       

  • Rand Paul: How U.S. Interventionists Abetted the Rise of ISIS - WSJ about 3 hours ago
    • This is not to say the U.S. should ally with Assad. But we should recognize how regime change in Syria could have helped and emboldened the Islamic State, and recognize that those now calling for war against ISIS are still calling for arms to factions allied with ISIS in the Syrian civil war. We should realize that the interventionists are calling for Islamic rebels to win in Syria and for the same Islamic rebels to lose in Iraq. While no one in the West supports Assad, replacing him with ISIS would be a disaster.

  • Talent Loves English - NYTimes.com about 19 hours ago
    • The situation is complex. Less than a decade ago, six Mexicans migrated to the United States for every Indian or Chinese. But as Mexico has prospered, immigration has dropped. Meanwhile, as India and China have gotten richer, the number of Indians and Chinese living abroad has doubled.

       

      Some of the Asian immigrants are quite wealthy. According to the China International Immigration Report, among Chinese with assets of more than $16 million, 27 percent had emigrated abroad and an additional 47 percent were considering such a move. The real estate website Soufun.net surveyed 5,000 people and found that 41 percent of such people were drawn to move abroad for better living conditions, 35 percent for better educational opportunities for their children and 15 percent for better retirement conditions.

    • globalization, with all its stresses and strains, has created a large international class of middle-class dreamers: university graduates who can’t fulfill their aspirations at home and who would enrich whatever nation is lucky enough to have them.

      In this context, Hillary Clinton’s daring approach to immigration, supporting a “path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants already in the United States, is clearly the right one. The Republican Party is insane if its conducts a 21st-century immigration policy based on stereotypes from the 1980s.

  • Court Refuses to Let Obama's Immigration Executive Action Proceed - Hit & Run : Reason.com about 19 hours ago
    • But the important thing to remember is that none of this says anything one way or another about the constitutionality of the executive action itself (which, as I’ve argued before, is constitutional.)

       

      It will take a while before the courts offer a final verdict on that question. But the problem for the administration —and the immigrants caught in the legal wrangling – is that time is running out. The president has only another year and a half in office and even if he finally wins in court, it might not leave him enough time to implement the program — which would make it a lot easier for a Republican president to undo it.

       

      And that’s why Latinos will come out in droves to vote for Hillary Clinton, which is why she has engaged in her epic flip-flop and decided that she is whole-heartedly for amnesty after being whole-heartedly against it.

       

      In other words, even if restrictionists win the battle by running out the clock on the executive action, they might lose the war for the White House. Meanwhile, the fate of millions of Latinos will hang in the balance simply because they had the misfortune of being born on the wrong side of the border – unlike the Americans whose McMansions they build, lawns they mow and children they raise.

       

  • Obama loses bid to move forward with immigration plan - Josh Gerstein and Adam B. Lerner - POLITICO about 19 hours ago
    • In an opinion joined by Judge Jennifer Elrod, Smith sounded sympathetic to claims that Obama’s actions exceeded the authority given to the president and the executive branch by Congress.

       
    • “Although the Secretary [of Homeland Security] is given discretion to make immigration decisions based on humanitarian concerns, that discretion is authorized for particular family members and forms of relief,” Smith wrote. “Congress has developed an intricate process for unlawfully present aliens to reside lawfully….in the United States on account of their child’s citizenship…..Against that background, we would expect to find an explicit delegation of authority to implement [Deferred Action for Parents of Americans] — a program that makes 4.3 million otherwise removable aliens eligible for lawful presence, work authorization, and associated benefits — but no such provision exists.”

      Smith also said the federal government had failed to show that Hanen erred when he concluded that the new program amounted to a formal rule that should have been put through formal notice-and-comment procedures. The Obama administration claims that the policy involves the exercise of case-by-case discretion, but the appeals court found the evidence on that point to be conflicting and said Hanen’s conclusion wasn’t “clearly erroneous.”

  • Appeals Court Keeps Block of Obama Immigration Plan - WSJ about 19 hours ago
    • A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to let the <!--  --> Obama<!--  --> administration proceed with its plan to defer deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.

    • The White House condemned the appeal court’s ruling on Tuesday, repeating its position that the president was within his authority and noting that 15 other largely Democratic states, along with the District of Columbia, have sided with the administration in the case.

      “Today, two judges of the Fifth Circuit chose to misinterpret the facts and the law in denying the government’s request for a stay,” said <!--  --> Brandi Hoffine,<!--  --> a White House spokesperson. The president’s immigration moves, she added, “are squarely within the bounds of his authority, and they are the right thing to do for the country.”

    • In its 2-1 ruling, the Fifth Circuit panel concurred with the states, concluding that the immigration program allowed a broad class of illegal immigrants to be eligible for state and federal benefits.

  • Despite Border Patrol’s best efforts, our border is still wide open — Opinion — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine about 19 hours ago
    • It’s a cat-and-mouse game, and the mouse is still winning. In spite of the best efforts of our Border Patrol agents, drugs and humans keep coming across our border with Mexico.

       

      I recently returned from my seventh trip to the border. Our Border Patrol agents are trying to do their job, but they are being hampered by bureaucrats and “open border” initiatives put in place by President Barack Obama’s administration.

    • So, how many get through? Chris Cabrera, vice president of National Border Patrol Council #3307, estimates in a recent video that only 30 percent of illegal aliens coming across the border are apprehended.

       

    • cartels operate 24/7 while the Border Patrol, with shift changes, have gaps in their coverage. Border Patrol agents are further hampered by the Obama administration’s “open border” policy, such as the acceptance of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children last year; the suspension of the Secure Communities program in November 2014, the use of “prosecutorial discretion,” and the sharp decline in Interior Deportations from 236,000 in 2009 to 102,000 in 2014.
  • Obamacare's Intent? Just Read the Law - Bloomberg View about 20 hours ago
    • Pear does offer a possible explanation: As I read it, he's saying that the drafters meant it initially, but they they realized that some states might not establish exchanges, so they set up a federal backstop, then forgot to change the relevant sections about subsidies. But legally, that's not as helpful as people seem to think.  

       

    • We now have two cases of wonks who were closely connected to the drafting process, who said at one point that the King interpretation of the statute is insane to anyone who followed the construction of the law ... and can be found on tape at an earlier point (in one case, during the legislative process) advancing exactly the theory that they subsequently declared completely and obviously insane. Do I think that their later argument was a strategic lie? No, despite conservative shouts that I am being naive. Scout's honor, cross my heart and hope to die, I think that they simply forgot what they'd earlier believed.

       

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