President Barack Obama has announced that despite GOP warnings, he will be pushing on with executive action on immigration reform. The president said that Congress has failed to act on immigration for over a year, leaving him with no choice but to act on his own.
"There has been ample opportunity for Congress to pass a bipartisan immigration bill that would strengthen our borders, improve the legal immigration system and lift millions of people out of the shadows," Obama said on Friday at a news conference during a visit to Myanmar.
"I said that if in fact Congress failed to act, I would use all the lawful authority I possess to try to make the system work better," he added, according to BBC News. "And that's going to happen before the end of the year." more >>
Republican lawmakers are split on what to do about President Barack Obama's pending executive actions on immigration.
At issue is whether to risk the possibility of another government shutdown by adding a rider provision to must-pass budget legislation that would prevent Obama from using executive action to enact an immigration reform that would likely permit nearly 5 million illegal immigrants to live and work legally in the United States.
On Wednesday, Fox News obtained draft proposals from a federal agency outlining a 10-part immigration overhaul, in which the president plans to use an executive order to implement the reforms without the consent of Congress as early as next Friday. more >>
WASHINGTON — The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is under increasing attack since the U.S. Supreme Court'sHobby Lobby decision that granted "closely-held" businesses an exemption from the birth control mandate, religious freedom lawyers claimed at the Federalist Society's annual National Lawyers Convention.
In response to the Hobby Lobby case and possible religious exemption cases citing it, there may come a "softening" of the decision by judges over the coming years, explained members of a panel event on Thursday on the topic of religious liberty.
Kim Colby, senior counsel at the Christian Legal Society, said to those gathered that since the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., efforts to undermine religious exemptions have increased. more >>
WASHINGTON — The Republican advantage among white working class voters increased 15 percentage points from 2012 to 2014, which delivered Republicans their big wins in the 2014 midterms, according to a report by the Public Religion Research Institute.
Although the Democratic Party has historically appealed to the working class vote, PRRI's 2014 post-election survey released Tuesday at the Brookings Institute found that 61 percent of white working class voters voted for Republican candidates, which is up from the 55 percent of the white working class voters who voted for Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
While six percentage points more white working class voters said they voted for Republicans in 2014, the percentage of working class voters who voted for Democratic candidates decreased by nine percent from the 2012 presidential election. The survey found that 26 percent of white working class voters voted for Democratic candidates in 2014. In 2012, 35 percent of white working class voters said they voted for Democrat president Barack Obama. more >>
A recent Gallup poll found that, in keeping with the midterm election results, a majority of Americans want the Republican Party to lead the country rather than President Barack Obama.
In a Tuesday poll, Gallup found that 53 percent of respondents wanted the GOP to lead the direction of the United States, versus 36 percent for President Barack Obama.
Republicans won a big victory in the midterm elections, so big that the media are calling it a "wave." Is President Obama planning to cope with this by "working together" and "bipartisanship"? The New York Times gave us his answer on the front page.
Barack Obama arrogantly announced the day after the election that he is "vowing to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to handle the nation's immigration system." Obama renewed his commitment "to act on his own to allow millions of undocumented immigrants (i.e., illegal aliens) to stay in this country."
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded by saying, that's "like waving a red flag in front of a bull." That's right, Mitch. It's surely not a route to bipartisanship or working together with the newly elected Republicans. more >>