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President Barack Obama on Tuesday threw his support behind a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws, saying “now’s the time” to replace a “badly broken” system.

Obama said the overhaul must provide a “pathway to citizenship” for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and that if Congress does not act “in a timely fashion” he will propose a bill “and insist that they vote on it right away.”

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“Protests Grow on Fifth Day of Unrest in Egypt”


By   01-28-13

PORT SAID, Egypt — Large protests in the Suez Canal city of Port Said and fresh clashes in Cairo on Monday marked a fifth day of widening unrest in Egypt, a day after President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency and a curfew in three major cities as escalating violence in the streets threatened his government and Egypt’s democracy.

In Port Said, where the police lost control over the weekend and where marchers on Monday said they no longer recognized Mr. Morsi’s authority, protesters chased away armored personnel carriers with rocks and shoes during a funeral procession for victims of the recent violence. Protesters also called for the entire city to ignore the 9 p.m. curfew.  FULL  ARTICLE

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Gay Boy Scouts? Cross your fingers!


The Boy Scouts are “discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” according to Deron Smith, director of public relations for the Boy Scouts of America.

The Scouts’ current policy denies membership to “individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA,” the group’s website says.

There are over 2.5 million youth members and over 1 million adult members nationwide, according to the BSA website.

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“Senators hope to approve bipartisan immigration reform within months”


A bipartisan group of senators formally unveiled an immigration reform framework that they hope the Senate could pass “in overwhelming and bipartisan fashion” by late spring or early summer.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday on Capitol Hill, five of the eight members of a bipartisan working group announced the contours of their agreement, which would shore up America‘s borders and provide an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

A bipartisan group of senators, led by Democrat Chuck Schumer and Republican John McCain, have reached agreement on a framework to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

“We still have a long way to go, but this bipartisan grouping is a major breakthrough,” New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democratic member of the group of eight, said Monday afternoon.

Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, set an ambitious goal of translating the statement of principles released Sunday evening by the senators into legislation by March. He said the Senate would try to approve the legislation for consideration in the House by the end of spring, or early summer.  FULL  ARTICLE

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If only the slaves had guns?  If  pre-slavery, my African ancestors had guns, they could have fought to remain proud Africans forestalling being chained in the bowels of slave ships, carried over the Atlantic Ocean to America to sold to the highest bidder to white farmers (plantation owners) as free labor. I do think the speaker had good intentions.  —GoodOleWoody