While Latinos are concerned about immigration, jobs and education rank higher among their concerns, according to a study of Hispanic Americans conducted by Barna Group in partnership with American Bible Society, National Hispanic Leadership Conference and OneHope.
Like most Americans, Latinos are concerned about the current high rate of unemployment. But what distinguishes Latinos from most Americans is that they also rank education as their main concern along with jobs, according to David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, in a Tuesday conference call with reporters.
When asked to identify the "single most pressing challenge" for the Latino community, 27 percent answered employment, 24 percent said education, and 22 percent said the break-up of Latino families (which is related to immigration for many Latinos). more >>
Patriotic Millionaires, a group of businessmen who insist that the rich should pay more in taxes in order to help revive the economy, are holding a press conference on Wednesday in Washington D.C., engaging in discussion with congressional leaders from both parties about the future of the country.
"Taxes on someone who owns four cars must be higher than taxes on someone who owns one car. Four cars make more potholes and the cost of fixing the road should not be shared equally," says Patriotic Millionaire Lawrence Benenson of New York. Benenson, a partner at Benenson Capital Partners, LLC, is one of the scheduled participants at the press conference.
The group fully supports the "Buffett Rule", named after American investor Warren Buffett, which is a tax plan proposed by President Barack Obama in 2011 which states that millionaires should pay a minimum of 30 percent in taxes every year. The tax rate, which would impact about 0.3 percent of Americans, has been the cause of bipartisan dispute, with Republicans heavily opposed to it while Democrats have supported it. more >>
The United Methodist Publishing House has announced that it will be closing down all their Cokesbury stores, supplanting them with business through other venues.
UMPH made the announcement regarding their signature retail store on Monday, referring to the process of removing brick-and-mortar stores, or "Cokesbury/Next," as being a "transition."
"…[T]he number of Cokesbury customers relying solely on store locations has steadily declined," said the Nashville-based company. more >>
As much of the U.S. took part in the usual Halloween festivities last night, residents in the Northeast were still coping with the widespread damage caused by the monster storm that hit Monday. By mid-evening Wednesday, the death toll from superstorm Sandy had reached 72 people and about 6 million homes were still without power.
Financial experts predicted an estimated $20 billion in damage and $10 billion to $30 billion in business loss as a result of the storm.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared that Halloween trick-or-treating be postponed until next Monday, saying that it was too dangerous for children to participate in the tradition while floodwaters, downed electrical wires, power outages and fallen trees continued to be a problem, various news agencies reported. more >>
In Monday night's third and final presidential debate on foreign policy, President Obama said the deep cuts to the military budgets that are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 2 were not his idea and will not happen. The comment has brought the spotlight back to last year's budget battle and now they are set to take place.
"First of all, the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed," Obama said during an exchange with Mitt Romney. And he added his strongest pronouncement to date on its future: "It will not happen."
To most Americans the term "sequester," used politically, may not bring back memories of 2011's late summer budget battles between Congress and the White House. The end result was a Super Committee composed of members from both sides of the aisle, from both chambers, whose job was to make the tough decisions. more >>
Editor's note: In this series comparing the positions of both major party presidential candidates on a range of issues, each candidates platform will be described using information from the candidate's themselves, mostly from the candidate's websites. A candidate's description of their opponent's position will not be used. In describing the candidate's position, The Christian Post does not attest to the facts stated as part of the position.
With the nation still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis that led to the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, most Americans tell pollsters that the economy and jobs are the most important issues in this election. Here is a summary of both candidates' positions on those issues.
Barack Obama more >>