News Clips Aug 24, 2009

Lieberman Suggests Health Care Reform May Have to Wait

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut on Sunday urged the Obama administration to consider postponing overhauling the health care system and instead work on smaller chunks of the issue until the economy improves.

Protecting Our Seniors
GOP Principles for Health Care

Americans are engaged in a critical debate over reforming our health-care system. While Republicans believe that reforms are necessary, President Obama’s plan for a government-run health-care system is the wrong prescription.

Analysis: Health overhaul tactics need overhaul

By STEVEN R. HURST (AP) – 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama still may push through an overhaul of the American health care system, but political indicators point to a needed overhaul of his own tactics for selling reform.

Don’t Blame Obama

Throughout the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama’s most loyal constituencies were the national press corps and the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Growing deficit frames health care debate

Lawmakers said Sunday that President Obama must scale back ambitious plans to overhaul health care because ballooning budget deficits are undermining support for more comprehensive and costly legislation.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano going nowhere on immigration reform

Many of the 130 immigration reform advocates and leaders who attended a White House meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last Thursday thought it was productive. Or so they said.

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Obama makes gains with immigrant rights groups

Despite President Obama putting immigration reform on the back burner, local immigrant rights advocates still have love for the chief executive.

The president made gains with immigrant rights groups when he unexpectedly dropped by a White House meeting last week attended by more than 100 immigration reform advocates. The session was led by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Obama was not expected to attend.

******Hate Crime Victim Julio Maldonado Wrongfully Convicted, Now Being Deported *****

I was recently contacted by several family members of two men who came to the U.S. from Peru many years ago. The men are Julio Maldonado and his cousin Denis Calderon. Once I heard their story and checked it out, I knew I had to blog about it.

Quit squabbling, achieve reform

As you sit in air-conditioned comfort and read this, desperate people are dying in Arizona’s southern deserts. The death toll since October 2008 is 161, the Border Patrol says.

Groups stress costs of immigration

During the last few weeks, several immigration reform advocates have issued announcements designed to attract attention to the cost the American society is paying due to undocumented as well as legal aliens who continue to arrive in the country.

Critics call Arpaio aggressive, intimidating

Even before he was the Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio’s brand of politics was combative and aggressive, personal and bold.

He held grudges. He lashed out at perceived enemies. He has faced criticisms of using official investigations as vendettas against rivals and detractors for 30 years, dating to his days as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s top official in Arizona.

AP Analysis: Martinez departure part of GOP schism

MIAMI — Florida Sen. Mel Martinez’s resignation closes the latest chapter in the Republican Party’s tumultuous, decade-long effort to woo the nation’s Hispanic voters.

The Cuban-American’s impending departure could leave no Hispanic Republicans in the Senate and three in the House — compared to 21 Democrats in Congress — and a sense that the national GOP is at a major crossroads with the nation’s fastest-growing demographic group.

2010 census groups reach out to illegal immigrants, Hispanics and blacks

Minority participation in count seen as key to more local dollars

The Spanish-language soap “Mas Sabe El Diablo” (“The Devil Knows Best”) soon will treat viewers to more than the typical vixens and hunks.

A main character is set to become a census worker, a lackluster job more associated with tallying neighbors on the block than notches on the bedpost.,0,7421878.story


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