Obama plans to shield five million illegal immigrants from deportation

Obama plans to shield five million illegal immigrants from deportation

Despite near universal opposition from Republicans, President Barack Obama will announce an overhaul of United States immigration policy through an executive action that would shield about five million illegal immigrants from deportation and provide several of them with work permits, according to a report from The New York Times.

Such a move will undoubtedly start a political battle with Republicans, who have been blocking the efforts of Democrats in Congress to reform America’s immigration laws and have warned the president not to take unilateral action on immigration, according to Reuters. That warning has much more weight since the Republicans won control of Congress.

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Obama wants to put Myanmar back on the path toward democracy

Obama wants to put Myanmar back on the path toward democracy

President Barack Obama announced earlier today that he’s optimistic about the political change in Myanmar, but that more work is needed to push forward with reforms. The Southeast Asian nation emerged from international exile status four years ago after a civilian government took power and initiated a wave of liberation and progression after nearly five decades of suffering under a military dictatorship, according to BBC.

“Progress has not come as fast as many had hoped when the transition began four years ago,” said President Obama, as quoted by The New York Times. “In some areas there has been a slowdown in reforms, and even some steps backward. Former political prisoners continue to face restrictions. Members of the media have been arrested.”

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Catholic bishops in the US rally behind Obama on immigration reform

Catholic bishops in the US rally behind Obama on immigration reform

The immigration crisis in the United States became all too apparent over the summer when tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors began crossing the nation’s southern border into Texas. The United Nations calls those fleeing Central America “political refugees,” and immigration activists have called upon President Obama to declare amnesty for these illegal immigrants.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been one of the leading voices in the call for amnesty for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants that currently reside in the country, according to the National Catholic Reporter. The Catholic Church in the United States prides itself on being an immigrant church.

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Obama authorizes the Pentagon to call upon reserve troops

Obama authorizes the Pentagon to call upon reserve troops

President Obama issued an executive order on Thursday which authorized the Pentagon to call upon reserve troops in order to combat the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. He also opened the door to an Ebola “czar” to coordinate the response because, according to him, an additional official may be helpful as his advisers work to deal with terrorism and the upcoming flu season.

“I hereby determine that it is necessary to augment the active Armed Forces of the United States for the effective conduct of Operation United Assistance, which is providing support to civilian-led humanitarian assistance and consequence management support related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa,” stated the executive order, which was delivered to Congress on Thursday.

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President Obama approves a Civil War soldier for the Medal of Honor

President Obama approves a Civil War soldier for the Medal of Honor

More than 150 years after his courageous death in the Battle of Gettysburg, an officer in the Union Army is being awarded the highest military decoration that the United States has to offer, thanks to a campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs that has lasted decades.

The White House announced yesterday that President Obama has approved the Medal of Honor for 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who was killed in the line of duty while standing his ground against Pickett’s Charge during the pivotal, three-day Battle of Gettysburg.

Congress has to grant a special exemption in December of last year in order for Lt. Cushing to receive the award posthumously, as recommendations normally have to be made within two years of the heroic act, and the medal awarded within three years.

Cushing was born in Delafield, Wisconsin, raised in Fredonia, New York, and buried at his alma mater, West Point, after being killed on July 3, 1863, at age 22. He commanded somewhere around 110 men and six cannons, defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett’s Charge, a major Confederate thrust that could have turned the tide in the war. Cushing received a bullet wound in the head.

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Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria

Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria

President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, which could very well be a precursor to airstrikes in the war-torn country. President Obama won’t necessarily seek congressional approval for airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the country, according to White House officials. As for the Syrian government, it has clarified that any unilateral attack by the United States will be considered an act of “aggression”.

Defense officials confirmed on Monday evening that the Pentagon was preparing to conduct both manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights over Syria using a combination of aircraft, including drones and U2 spy planes. A senior administration official confirmed that President Obama approved the flights during the weekend.

These reconnaissance flights are a significant step towards the United States taking direct military action in Syria, and intervention which would undoubtedly alter the battlefield in the nation’s three-year civil war. Administration officials said that the United States had no intention of notifying the Assad government of the planned flights. President Obama, who has expressed nothing but disdain for the Assad government, does not want to be seen as aiding the Syrian government, even if it was inadvertent.

“It is not the case that the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser. “Joining forces with Assad would essentially permanently alienate the Sunni population in both Syria and Iraq, who are necessary to dislodging ISIL,” he said, using the group’s alternative name, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

“There are a lot of cross pressures here in this situation,” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters. “There’s no doubt about that. But our policy as it relates to pursuing American interests in this region of the world are actually really clear, that we want to make sure that we are safeguarding American personnel.”

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Al Gore: Milking Non-Commitment for Everything It’s Got

Al GoreWhen Al Gore finally endorses a Presidential candidate, people will stop asking him who he’s endorsing. He knows this all too well. In the meantime, he will milk every interview for an opportunity to say he’s the “PR Man for the World” and continue to promote his mission of saving mother earth.

For those of you holding onto the hope that he’ll mount his steed and rush in to save the Democratic party, let it go. Al Gore will not run for President. That position is below him now. He’s tasted the Nobel glory, nibbled on the Oscar cheese, and he gets to do it all on his time and at his pace. The President of the United States is the leader of the free world. Al Gore has a loftier goal. He wants eternity, and he wants it world-wide.

He has a Global Warming Campaign launching, a 60 Minute interview, and he’s building an army 10 million strong. That was all yesterday. Over the months, he’s had powerful people working hard to get his endorsement. It won’t come. Not any time soon.

The attention while he still holds the endorsement card and the “will he run?” card is way to strong to let go. He is on a pedestal and he won’t come down until he’s taken everything he needs from it.

THIS IS NOT A BASH. He’s a genius at this game and he’s doing it for an incredibly good cause. I am merely pointing out that the skill with which he is wielding his weapons is akin to an ancient Samurai falling foes with a knowing grin on his face. The grin, in Al’s case, is that he knows the truth. Losing the election in 2000 was the best thing that could have happened to him on the “Eternity Scale”. If his plan works and people 100 years from now look back at the direction we are currently going, they will say “Al Gore made life possible today, almost single-handedly.”

Nobody outside of historians will remember Obama or McCain, but everyone will celebrate Al Gore Earth Day in 2108. That is, at least, his goal. Whether it will be a reality or not — time will tell. As far as an endorsement, Gore will NOT tell.

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