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February 17, 2013

How Republicans reacted when Obama’s immigration bill leaked

  • Sen. Rubio “If actually proposed, the president’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come.”
  • Rep. Ryan “Leaking this out does set things in the wrong direction. By putting these details out without a guest worker program, without addressing future flow, by giving advantage to those who cut in front of the line…that tells us he’s looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.”
  • Sen. McCain “There are groups in the House and Senate working together to get this done. and when he does things like this, it makes it much more difficult to do that. And that’s why I think this particular move - very counterproductive.”
  • Sen. PaulI will support it on one condition: That we have a report that says the borders are being secured … (it has to be) a report and comes back and is voted on in Congress. I won’t do it on a promise from President Obama, that he will secure the borders.” source

By the way, it’s worth noting that the bill is intended as a backup plan, in case members of Congress fail to come to a bipartisan solution on the issue.”We’re doing exactly what the president said we would do last month … which is we’re preparing. We’re going to be ready,” said White House Chief of staff Denis McDonough.

16:31 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2013
Don’t get me wrong. As the son of a single mom, who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay. But at the same time, I wish I’d have had a father who was around and involved.
President Obama • Speaking to a predominantly black high school audience at Hyde Park Academy in the South Side of Chicago today, with a slightly different angle on the pro-gun control rhetoric he’s been voicing of late — urging that positive examples in poverty-stricken communities, in family life as well as community life, are also necessary to reduce violence: “…it can feel like the future only extends to the next street corner or the outskirts of town… There are entire neighborhoods where they don’t see an example of somebody succeeding.” source
16:50 // 1 year ago
hypervocal:

Geraldo is right about fathers, but he’s WAY wrong about Obama, who’s been talking about this issue for his entire presidency. HERE, WE GOOGLED IT FOR YOU —>http://hypr.vc/13ogp7

You would expect a man who found all the treasure in Al Capone’s vault to do more research.

hypervocal:

Geraldo is right about fathers, but he’s WAY wrong about Obama, who’s been talking about this issue for his entire presidency. HERE, WE GOOGLED IT FOR YOU —>http://hypr.vc/13ogp7

You would expect a man who found all the treasure in Al Capone’s vault to do more research.

14:18 // 1 year ago
February 12, 2013
President Obama, departing the Senate chamber following his State Of The Union address, once again in the thick of one of the biggest, and perhaps most deferential autograph-seeking mobs youy’ll ever see. What did you guys think?

President Obama, departing the Senate chamber following his State Of The Union address, once again in the thick of one of the biggest, and perhaps most deferential autograph-seeking mobs youy’ll ever see. What did you guys think?

22:26 // 1 year ago
We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations, that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others, and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter of our American story. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless these United States of America.
President Obama, closing out the first State of the Union address of his second term.
22:17 // 1 year ago
When any American, no matter where they live or what their party, are denied [the right to vote] because they can’t afford to wait for five, or six, or seven hours to cast a ballot, we are betraying our ideals. So tonight I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America, and it definitely needs improvement. …we can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it, and so does our democracy.
President Obama, calling for reforms to the voting process.This was foreshadowed in a single line during his victory speech on election night 2012 (“we have to fix that”), and as Obama explained, attorneys from both his campaign and that of his opponent, Mitt Romney, will participate in the effort.
22:12 // 1 year ago
…an AIDS free generation is within our reach.
President Obama, echoing remarks by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that medical advancements, prevention and education could usher in a new era, free from the scourge of AIDS.
22:05 // 1 year ago
President Obama touched pointedly on nuclear armaments just now, stating that the North Korean government needed to halt “provocations” like yesterday’s nuclear test and meet their international obligations, and saying he’d continue working with Russia to pare down the volume of nuclear arms in our respective arsenals.

President Obama touched pointedly on nuclear armaments just now, stating that the North Korean government needed to halt “provocations” like yesterday’s nuclear test and meet their international obligations, and saying he’d continue working with Russia to pare down the volume of nuclear arms in our respective arsenals.

22:03 // 1 year ago
By the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.
President Obama, delivering a line that drew hearty applause. The Afghanistan War, as demonstrated during the 2012 presidential campaign, is actually an issue on which botht he Democrats and GOP have had some second thoughts in recent years. If and when it ends next year will not elude one dubious distinction, though – it’s already the longest war in U.S. history.
21:57 // 1 year ago

President Obama calls for increase to federal minimum wage

  • $9federal minimum wage proposed by President Obama, in his State of the Union address tonight – the current federal minimum wage for an untipped job is $7.25 per hour.
21:54 // 1 year ago