Our national debate on immigration policy centers on a paradox. We must become aware of it and deal with it.
The United States needs an immigration policy because a lot of people want to come here. If that weren't the case, we wouldn't need an immigration policy.
Why do they want to come? For freedom. And because there is freedom, there is opportunity. more >>
This week, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to train, arm and fund the elusive "moderate" Muslim rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
The plan calls for the U.S. to start supporting between 3,000 and 5,000 rebels in the Free Syrian Army. It is part of a $500 million aid package that will authorize U.S. support through December 11, 2014.
While the bill passed both houses with ease, it received more support from Republicans than Democrats. Yes, it is a truly sad day for the country when Democrats sound more reasonable than Republicans. more >>
Think the Senate will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 4?
There are all sorts of reasons why you shouldn't, unless in the next seven weeks one side or the other — probably the Republicans — starts opening up a clear lead in enough races to give them a clear majority. If neither side does, control of the Senate could remain up in the air — for a while.
At the very least, political watchers are going to be in for a longer night than usual because one of the key races that is likely to determine control, Sen. Mark Begich's (D) reelection bid in Alaska, is taking place 4,000 miles and four time zones away from Washington, D.C. (and five in the Aleutian Islands). Load up on Red Bull and, if you can, hold the vodka. more >>
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke before Congress Thursday and asked the U.S. to provide military assistance against Russian aggression. Poroshenko described the critical situation in eastern Ukraine, where several towns have been captured by pro-Russian forces, and said that Ukrainians are fighting a "war for the free world."
"If they are not stopped now, they will cross European border(s) and they will absolutely spread throughout the world," Poroshenko said, according to USNews. "The choice is simple: It is between civilization and barbarism."
The Ukrainian president said that his country appreciates the help the U.S. has sent in terms of supplies, but said that more will be needed in order to combat separatists who are tearing the country apart. more >>
Scotland has rejected independence and chosen to remain part of the U.K. after results of the historic poll were announced Friday morning, giving victory to the unionists by 55 to 45 percent.
The 84.6 percent voter turnout from an electorate of more than 4.2 million was reportedly one of the highest in the democratic world. 2,001,926 people voted "No" to independence, while 1,617,989 others voted for "Yes."
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said that like millions of others, he is "delighted" with the results, but accepted that there is work ahead to address the concerns of those wanting independence. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is currently drawing the ire of conservatives for charging that America has a biblical duty to protect Muslim countries from climate change.
At a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Kerry said America has a biblical "responsibility" to "confront climate change," which includes protecting "vulnerable Muslim majority counties."
"Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid out in Scriptures clearly, beginning in Genesis. And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable. Our response to this challenge ought to be rooted in a sense of stewardship of Earth, and for me and for many of us here today, that responsibility comes from God," he said. more >>