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  • Why Republicans Should Support Health Care Reform (2009) By Ray LaHood

    03/14/2010 1:25:48 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 79 replies · 1,603+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 14, 2010 | Ray LaHood
    I've been a Republican all my life, when I served in the Illinois legislature, when I worked for members of Congress and when I served in Congress. During the 2008 presidential election, I supported Republican Sen. John McCain. I have always been — and still am — a fiscal conservative, an advocate for a smart, but restrained, government. For those reasons and others, most people wouldn't expect me to be an advocate for comprehensive health care reform. But the truth is, I believe there is no bigger issue to solve and no better chance to solve it than now. If...
  • Police standoff in progress at home on 38th Street where abused kitten found

    02/04/2010 2:18:09 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 29 replies · 820+ views
    The Missoulian ^ | Kurt Wilson
    Police are engaged in a standoff outside the residence on 38th Street in Missoula where a kitten was found earlier this week, the victim of a savage attack. Dore Lane is closed off to keep people away from the area. The first 9-1-1 call came from a Missoula police officer who reported a shot had been fired at the house, but not by officers. That call came around 1:30 p.m. today. Officers and SWAT team members have congregated outside the apartment. A special operations police vehicle is approaching the home carefully, trying to determine what is happening inside. There is...
  • Net Users Vent Frustration At Time Warner

    04/06/2009 6:40:15 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 23 replies · 1,587+ views
    news-record.com ^ | April 5, 2009 | Joe Killian
    Sue Polinsky had the first cable modem in Greensboro. Back in the late 1990s, when the Web designer found she needed more Internet speed than a telephone or DSL line could provide, she was happy to pay a premium. She’s been a Time Warner Cable customer ever since — even upgrading to the business-class service to run her company, Tech Triad, from home. But when she got wind of Time Warner’s plan to begin monitoring and capping how much data its Greensboro customers use, she said it could be summed up in one word. “Greed,” Polinsky said. “That’s all it...
  • Oberstar and Mica Defend LaHood

    02/24/2009 5:05:41 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 11 replies · 852+ views
    TrafficWorld ^ | 2/24/2009 | TrafficWorld
    The leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Monday came to the defense of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood after he was rebuked last week by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs over a comment about highway taxation. Oberstar and Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the senior Republican on the transportation committee, said that a mileage tax would be one of the options that Congress will consider as it puts together a new five-year surface transportation spending program. Read More
  • Beyond Soundbites: Spitzer Explains Driver's License Plan

    10/13/2007 11:24:52 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 65 replies · 56+ views
    amNew York ^ | October 13, 2007 | Michael Gormley
    ALBANY, N.Y. - Few New York policy issues have ignited such swift and fiery opposition and even confounded likely supporters than Gov. Eliot Spitzer's proposal to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get state driver's licenses. "Spitzer maintains his policy ... will improve (homeland) security," the Watertown Daily Times wrote in one of several editorials on the topic. "That may be true, but rational discussion of the policy is being drowned out by the rhetoric on both sides." It doesn't help that Albany remains neck-deep in political mire that has veteran lawmakers and staffers shaking their heads. Even New...
  • Spitzer License Policy Under Increased Heavy Fire

    10/07/2007 4:46:48 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 42 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | October 7, 2007 | Tom Precious
    ALBANY — Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer’s new policy that permits illegal immigrants to obtain New York State driver’s licenses is “an absurd” decision that will provide a new gateway for terrorists, a member of the federal commission that investigated the 2001 World Trade Center attacks warns. “It’s a perfect formula for al-Qaida. They won’t be able to resist it. They will be able to come to New York,” said John Lehman, a former secretary of the Navy who served on the 9/11 Commission that warned of the nation’s vulnerabilities to terrorist strikes. Lehman joins a growing number of critics of...
  • Senator Graham Press Release

    05/19/2007 6:12:26 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 158 replies · 3,208+ views
    Senator Graham Press Release ^ | May 19, 2007 | Lindsey Graham
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made these statements on comprehensive immigration reform plan. General Thoughts: "Over the last few months, I have spoken with President Bush almost every week and met with him twice about immigration reform. Secretary Chertoff and Secretary Gutierrez have been there every step of the way. There would be no bill without their hard work. "Today we charted a new path for our nation's immigration policies. "We break the cycle of chain migration by placing a premium on the education and job skills of new immigrants coming to the United States. This...
  • A Secret Deal On Immigration?

    05/11/2007 4:47:24 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 72 replies · 2,144+ views
    CBS ^ | CBS News
    (CBS) With protesters taking to the streets, and Americans looking to Washington for a solution, never before has immigration reform been tackled this way: Politicians at opposite ends of the debate collaborating in secret to devise a new comprehensive plan. According to CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, the group, which includes Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, has met for hours several times a week since March — with Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff acting as point man for the White House. How unusual is it for Democrats, Republicans and White House Cabinet officials to be writing...
  • Border Wall Has Mexico Feeling Helpless

    10/02/2006 8:56:38 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 59 replies · 3,284+ views
    El Universal.com ^ | October 2, 2006 | El Universal
    At the beginning of every school year, bad news comes from Mexican heartland states such as Zacatecas and Querétaro: Local authorities are closing hundreds of schools because so many families have moved north to the U.S. heartland. Mexicans feel helpless before the migrant exodus, and talk about it the same way they talk about the weather. Everyone complains about it, but there´s not much you can do about it. On Friday night, the U.S. Senate approved a 700-mile high-tech border barrier in a bid to stop the immigrant flow. The decision, a seminal event in the two neighbors´ relations, has...
  • Unfinished border business Bill Frist

    06/25/2006 12:10:17 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 97 replies · 1,392+ views
    Washington Times | June 25, 2006 | Bill Frist
    The immigration bill I voted for in the Senate started the United States down the road to a much better immigration system. But it's not finished. In its broad outlines, I support the comprehensive approach that the Senate bill takes. History has taught us that immigration reform measures cannot work in isolation. Simply strengthening physical border security or beginning a guest worker program will not fix the deep, underlying problems in America's immigration system. Any bill Congress sends to the president must enhance border security, create an operational temporary worker program, provide for work-site enforcement, and address the status of...
  • Bush Defends Planned Path To Citizenship

    06/07/2006 7:46:22 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 133 replies · 2,047+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June, 07. 2006 | Julie Mason
    LAREDO - In a parking lot of the Border Patrol headquarters three miles from the dividing line with Mexico, President Bush on Tuesday accused his opponents in the immigration battle of stirring up fear with false claims about amnesty. "Look, if you're one of these types of people that basically say, you know, throw them out, then you just use the word 'amnesty,' just toss it around," Bush said. "In order to frighten people, you just say 'amnesty.' " Standing with Gov. Rick Perry after a tour of the Laredo Border Patrol Sector's video surveillance program, Bush stepped up his...
  • GOP Senators urge House to close Immigration Gap

    05/24/2006 2:52:40 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 131 replies · 1,523+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2006 | Gebe Martinez
    WASHINGTON - With Senate passage of an immigration reform bill likely, key GOP senators on Tuesday urged Republicans in the House to rally around their party in an election year and allow negotiations on a final measure. The Senate's sweeping immigration bill is generally favored by President Bush but strongly opposed by House conservatives because it goes beyond border enforcement and includes a path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants. Looking ahead to a final vote Thursday on the bipartisan Senate bill, Republicans said gridlock between the House and Senate would hurt the party in this election year. "I don't...
  • Bush Immigration Proposals Face Uphill Battle in House

    05/17/2006 5:53:49 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 51 replies · 954+ views
    VOA News ^ | May 16, 2006 | Dan Robinson
    As the Senate continues work on immigration reform, President Bush's proposals to strengthen U.S. border security still face an uphill battle in the House of Representatives. Despite the president's call for Congress to send him an immigration bill he could sign, few lawmakers are ready to predict whether the House and Senate can come up with final legislation before November's mid-term congressional elections. In an off-camera briefing on Tuesday for reporters, House Republican Majority Leader John Boehner praised the president for helping to frame the immigration debate. He called Bush's proposals a big step in the right direction, but added...
  • Bordering On A Victory

    04/15/2006 12:05:52 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 85 replies · 1,540+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 24, 2006 | Fred Barnes
    THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE HAS FLIPPED in President Bush's favor. The public now firmly supports toughened border enforcement plus--and this is a big plus for the president--a system for letting illegal immigrants already in America earn citizenship. This has been Bush's position all along, though the president has been reluctant to trumpet it. The ones with the politically untenable position are Democrats who want an immigration issue (but not actual legislation) to use against Republicans in November, and Republicans who want merely to increase border security. The upshot is that an immigration bill appears likely (but not certain) to pass when...
  • Governor Has Faith In President's Ports Sale Decision

    02/21/2006 11:08:07 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 165 replies · 1,991+ views
    Local10.com ^ | February 21, 2006 | Local10.com
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush said he has faith in his brother's administration over its decision to allow an Arab-owned company to operate major U.S. ports, including in Miami. Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates, is expected to take over a British company that has been running six U.S. ports. Several South Florida Congress members and politicians believe the deal should be closely examined. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said she has no specific concerns about the company, although the fact that UAE was where a number of the Sept. 11 hijackers were being...
  • Napolitano, Hayworth Criticize Bush on Illegal Immigration

    02/01/2006 1:18:57 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 88 replies · 1,465+ views
    Busienss Journal ^ | February 1 2006 | Mike Sunnucks
    Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano and Scottsdale Congressman J.D. Hayworth -- intense rivals on opposite sides of the political spectrum -- both hit President Bush on immigration in the wake of Tuesday's State of the Union address. The Arizona governor faulted Bush for not taking action on illegal immigration and for not laying out more specifics on immigration in his Tuesday night speech before Congress. Bush voiced support for a guest worker program, increased enforcement of immigration laws and said he opposed amnesty for illegals already in the U.S. But the Republican president did not lay out any specifics to obtain...
  • Cornyn Speaks On Immigration (opposes a fence)

    12/28/2005 5:36:33 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 292 replies · 2,864+ views
    The Monitor ^ | December 28,2005 | Victoria Hirschberg
    MISSION — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday that building a fence along the southwest border is unrealistic and ultimately would not deter illegal immigration into the United States. Cornyn, R-Texas, was in Mission on Tuesday to discuss flood control and the Rio Grande Valley levee system, but spoke briefly with the media about immigration issues and his plan to allow workers into the country legally but temporarily. He said he would not support a bill calling for a security fence — which could start in California and end in Brownsville — although the U.S. House of Representatives approved the...
  • Hard-liners Don't Speak For GOP

    12/22/2005 4:12:12 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 61 replies · 1,513+ views
    MiamiHerald ^ | Dec. 21, 2005 | Tamar Jacoby and Grover Norquist
    Watching the action in the House of Representatives last week, it was easy to imagine that immigration was a strictly partisan issue. The bill under discussion, mostly the brainchild of Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner, was about as tough as it gets: not just 700 miles of border fence and stiffer penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants but also a provision that turns illegal presence in this country from a civil violation into a federal crime -- subject to an entirely different kind of policing and punishable by much stiffer penalties. Over two days of emotional debate on the floor,...
  • Republicans Decry Language On Guest Worker Program Added To Bill

    12/15/2005 7:03:13 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 78 replies · 1,806+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | December 14, 2005 | Dena Bunis
    The last-minute addition of language that expresses congressional support for a guest worker program into the immigration bill headed for the House floor Thursday has a group of Republican members up in arms. For months, House GOP leaders have said they plan to go to the floor with an immigration bill that deals with border security and doesn't include the kind of temporary guest worker program that many Senate Republicans and the White House have been calling for. But early Wednesday, House staffers learned that a one-paragraph section discussing the need for foreign workers to help the U.S. economy was...
  • Chertoff Says Illegal Migration 'Threat'

    12/10/2005 11:56:14 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 52 replies · 1,248+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2005 | Jerry Seper
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff yesterday said illegal immigration is a "severe and growing threat" and while it will take time to correct, the government has begun a campaign to secure America's borders. "Illegal migration ... undercuts the rule of law, it undermines our national security, and it imposes public safety and economic strains on our borders, states and communities," Mr. Chertoff said in a speech during the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) policy summit in Washington.
  • DHS: Guest Worker Program Would Help Border Agencies

    12/02/2005 5:35:34 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 73 replies · 1,079+ views
    Govexe.com ^ | December 1, 2005 | Chris Strohm
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that a temporary worker program for migrants who want jobs in the United States and stronger sanctions against employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers are critical to improved border security. Chertoff said the government has "no other choice" but to develop a legal channel that will match willing migrants with U.S. employers in order to relieve the strain on the Border Patrol and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau. House Republicans in particular are bitterly divided on whether border security reforms should include a temporary worker program. "If we don't have a temporary...
  • Valley Illegals Fear Crackdown Is Coming

    08/20/2005 7:10:30 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 213 replies · 2,645+ views
    KLASTV ^ | August 20, 2005 | Brian Allen
    Arizona and New Mexico are under a state of emergency Friday night. The governors of both states made the declaration to free up money to increase Mexican border patrols. It is an effort to fight illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants in Nevada say it's only a matter of time before a similar state of emergency is issued here. They fear being thrown out of the country, unable to make money from jobs they find here in the states. Illegal immigrants in southern Nevada believe it's only a matter of time until authorities here crack down on them. Here in the valley,...
  • Trespass Prosecution Of Illegal Immigrants Ruled Unconstitutional, Judge Dismisses All Charges

    08/12/2005 11:38:55 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 118 replies · 1,961+ views
    Union Leader ^ | Augist 12, 2005 | Staff
    JAFFREY — A judge has dismissed trespassing charges against a group of illegal immigrants, disagreeing with two small-town police chiefs who applied the state law because they said they were frustrated by lax federal enforcement. The closely-watched district court decision was released Friday afternoon. The police chiefs in New Ipswich and Hudson were praised by many law enforcement officers nationwide for their novel approach to homeland security. But lawyers for the immigrants argued that only the federal government has the power to regulate immigration, and that the state law was designed to apply to people intruding on private property. Jaffrey...
  • Hiroshima bomb didn't end war, according to Soviet archives

    08/09/2005 6:18:11 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 99 replies · 2,741+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service | Augist 9, 2005 | Lance Gay
    Documents emerging from once-closed Soviet archives are forcing historians to rewrite the history of the last days of World War II and reassess the impact of the Hiroshima bomb on Japan's surrender. Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, a professor of history at the University of California-Santa Barbara, said the evidence shows that it wasn't so much the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that forced the Japanese to capitulate in August 1945, but the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and impending threat of Soviet occupation of the Japanese mainland. "I think the Soviet presence was crucial," said Hasegawa, author of "Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman...
  • Bush: 'Guest worker' plan will benefit U.S. employers

    08/05/2005 1:04:32 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 374 replies · 5,315+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Augist 3, 2005 | Michael Hedges
    The president, in a wide-ranging talk, gives a hint at how he'll pitch reform measures GRAPEVINE - President Bush told a crowd of state legislators Wednesday that he will push immigration reform as beneficial for U.S. employers as well as foreigners looking for work. He also made an impassioned pitch for Americans to stay behind the war in Iraq. "Immigration reform is going to be an interesting subject when we get back to Washington" in September, said Bush, who plans to spend this month at his Crawford ranch. He argued that his proposal for a "guest worker" program is good...
  • US Citizens Debate Impact of Illegal Immigration

    05/03/2005 6:52:56 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 43 replies · 971+ views
    Voice of America ^ | May 3, 2005 | Greg Flakus
    No one knows exactly how many people enter the United States illegally each year, but studies based on data from the Census bureau and other federal agencies indicate that there are now more than 10 million undocumented immigrants residing in the country. As many as three million of them may have entered the country just within the past year or so. Most of the illegal entry occurs on the US-Mexico border, with the main point being the border with Arizona. The number of illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico has grown steadily in recent years in spite of U.S. Border...
  • Mexico Investigates Allegations Against Minutemen

    04/11/2005 6:25:32 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 97 replies · 4,942+ views
    KVOA ^ | April 11, 2005 | AP
    MEXICO CITY Mexican authorities are investigating reports that 13 migrants may have been apprehended by U-S civilians guarding the Arizona-Mexico border against illegal crossers. Mexican Deputy Foreign Secretary for North America Geronimo Gutierrez says he's received reports that 13 Mexicans were "detained and referred to the Border Patrol" by the volunteers. Volunteers participating in the "Minuteman Project," began patrolling April 1st for migrants crossing the Arizona-Mexico boundary. The area is the most active for illegal immigrants cross into the U-S. Gutierrez says they're doing an investigation in each one of the cases. A spokesman for the Minuteman Project says he...
  • Microsoft Lists SP2 Conflicts

    08/16/2004 3:16:40 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 29 replies · 1,525+ views
    cnet news ^ | August 16, 2004, | Matt Hines
    Microsoft has issued a list of nearly 50 software applications and games that may encounter problems with its Windows XP Service Pack 2 update. In a document published in the "Knowledge Base" section of the company's Web site, Microsoft details the various issues that people may face when they install the SP2 package, which was released to PC manufacturers earlier this month. A range of applications are listed in the Microsoft report, including several of the software maker's own products, along with antivirus tools, Web server software and a handful of games. Among the primary issues Microsoft highlights in the...
  • IL Launches Compulsory Mental Health Screening For Children And Pregnant Women

    07/23/2004 4:26:02 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 177 replies · 3,808+ views
    The Illinois Leader ^ | July 19, 2004 | The Leader-Chicago Bureau
    CHICAGO -- This week, a series of public forums on a program requiring all pregnant women and children through age 18 years to be tested for mental health needs is being held this week in five different locations statewide. One group of parents learned about the state's plans to proceed with this program and on Monday issued an alarm asking for parents and citizens concerned about the new program to voice their opinions at the forums. "We're moving toward social training over academic training with this program," Larry Trainor, a Mt. Prospect parent of four children and a contact for...
  • Agencies Fearful Of Tancredo Plan

    01/20/2004 7:53:39 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 89 replies · 1,052+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 20, 2004 | April M. Washington
    Proposal to eliminate services to illegals assailed as 'racist' Julissa Molina Soto knows all too well the health-care needs of illegal immigrants, struggling to eke out a living in the land of opportunity. More than 725,000 illegal immigrants do not have health insurance. When they're battling ailments such as hepatitis C, they turn to her organization and handful of others supported in part by federal and state funding. But she worries that a proposed constitutional amendment by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., eliminating social services for illegal immigrants would virtually gut programs that aid tens of thousands of documented and...
  • Bush Offers Migrant Plan Conservatives Can Support

    01/17/2004 6:54:51 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 212 replies · 287+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | January 18, 2004 | Jeff Flake
    President Bush's immigration initiative has sparked a great deal of discussion across the country. Perhaps the most interesting debate centers on whether the president, in announcing the initiative, has embraced conservative principles or abandoned them. I believe a temporary worker program is consistent with conservative principles, and here's why. First, conservatives value national security, and the status quo encourages anything but national security. The presence of 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens within the confines of our borders should prompt the type of reform the president has suggested. President Bush's proposal will ensure smarter border enforcement by redirecting resources...
  • Top Immigration Official: Bush Proposal Doable

    01/11/2004 8:07:32 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 47 replies · 263+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | January 11, 2004 | Wire Reports
    WASHINGTON - The nation's top immigration official says registering 8 million illegal residents for temporary permits, as proposed by President Bush last week, would be a "tall challenge" but doable. Eduardo Aguirre, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, conceded in an interview that his agency is still struggling with a huge backlog that has recently grown to nearly 6.2 million pending applications. Requests for a change of status, for example, are now backed up more than 2 1/2 years. "We are certainly not satisfied on where it is today," he said of the agency he inherited, which was recently...
  • Bush And Fox To meet On Restarting Immigration Talks At January Summit

    12/18/2003 6:05:38 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 41 replies · 129+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | December 18, 2003 | Associated Press
    <p>President Vicente Fox said Thursday he has agreed with U.S. President George W. Bush to hold a private meeting during January's Summit of the Americas, to restart talks on immigration reform.</p> <p>The two leaders agreed in a telephone conversation Thursday to meet in the northern city of Monterrey, where the Jan. 12-13 summit is to be held.</p>
  • Clark Likes McCain Migrant Plan

    11/11/2003 7:28:04 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 10 replies · 20+ views
    AZcentral ^ | November 11, 2003 | Jon Kamman
    <p>Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark has more in common with Republican Sen. John McCain than serving in Vietnam and seeking the White House.</p> <p>The retired Army general said Monday in Phoenix that he shares views similar to those of McCain and two other Arizonans, Republican congressmen Jim Kolbe and Jeff Flake, who together are sponsoring a bill aimed at curbing undocumented immigration from Mexico by creating a guest-worker program.</p>
  • Johnnie-On-The-Spot

    11/11/2003 6:41:17 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 4 replies · 38+ views
    Daily News ^ | November 11, 2003 | Ralph R. Ortega
    Johnnie Cochran took on Paul Esposito's case yesterday, describing the badly injured Staten Island ferry crash survivor as a New Yorker whose tenacity and gusto for life will help the city emerge from the tragedy. "I think Paul Esposito represents all of us," said the famed lawyer. "This could have been any one of us, and we need to do something so that it never happens again." Cochran met with Esposito at his bedside at Staten Island University Hospital yesterday as the young man wrestled with excruciating pain from the loss of his legs in the Oct. 15 crash. The...
  • Rangel tells Rummy To Quit, Calls Him 'Embarrassment'

    11/05/2003 7:19:02 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 44 replies · 228+ views
    Daily News ^ | November 5, 2003 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Charles Rangel, a caustic critic of the military effort in Iraq, labeled Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld “an embarrassment” on Wednesday and called for his resignation. “It’s time that he does the American people a service by resigning,” Rangel said, arguing that Rumsfeld has shown he has no strategy for securing postwar Iraq. “He has no plan,” said Rangel, D-N.Y., a Korean War veteran. “When you have a problem as we do in Iraq,” Rangel said, “you want somebody that does better than acknowledging there’s a problem. Heck, anybody can do that. I can get a kid...
  • Mexican President Vicente Fox To Visit (Texas)

    11/05/2003 2:19:14 PM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 20 replies · 86+ views
    News8Austin ^ | November 5, 2003 | Eric Allen
    Mexico's President Vicente Fox is on his way to Austin. Fox is visiting three U.S. states - all of which share interests and a border with Mexico. Fox will meet with Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday and Thursday. Perry has a few complaints -- one of which is about water rights with Mexico. "If Mexico continues to refuse to live up to the obligations of the 1944 treaty, then the United States should consider turning off the tap on the Colorado River of water into Mexico," Perry said two months ago. While water is on the agenda for discussion, the Mexican...
  • U.S. Cars In Quality's Fast Lane

    07/09/2003 7:07:22 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 20 replies · 273+ views
    DailyNews ^ | July 9, 2003 | Brent Hopkins
    WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- American automakers are building more-dependable cars, toppling some of Europe's most-vaunted names and making inroads on long-standing leaders from Japan, according to a study released Tuesday by J.D. Power and Associates. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. continued its dominance of the annual Vehicle Dependability Study, powered by its premium Lexus nameplate, but General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. made strong strides in improving their quality as measured by the three-year performance of 2000 models. GM, in particular, performed above the industry average with five of its domestic brands. "The Japanese have really raised the bar in...
  • Student Sues Private School In Hawaii; Says It Won't Enroll Him Because Of Race

    06/27/2003 6:50:50 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 21 replies · 189+ views
    Boston.com ^ | June 27, 2003 | Jaymes Song
    <p>HONOLULU (AP) A student is suing Hawaii's private Kamehameha Schools, saying he was denied admission because he isn't Hawaiian.</p> <p>The student, unidentified in the lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court, says the rejection was based on race and violated federal civil rights laws.</p>
  • Wal-Mart Ordered To Recognize Union; Workers Win Historic Bargaining Order

    06/18/2003 4:37:09 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 225 replies · 309+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | June 18, 2003 | U.S. Newswire
    Company Ordered to Turn Over Information to Union WASHINGTON, June 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- When meat cutters at a Jacksonville, Tex., Wal-Mart voted for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 540 representation, the company refused to recognize the union -- and suddenly changed the job functions of the meat cutters with a change to case-ready meat. Wal-Mart believed it had successfully circumvented the UFCW's first victory at one of its stores -- until a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge ordered the company to recognize and bargain with Local 540 over the effects of the change to prepackaged meat....
  • Seattle Offers Hendrix Fans New Pilgrimage Sites

    06/14/2003 12:16:40 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 37 replies · 428+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 14, 2003 | Reed Stevenson
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Unless you're a die-hard Jimi Hendrix fan, you might never know that this city tucked into the northwest corner of the United States was the birthplace of one of rock music's most influential icons. There are no streets named after the guitarist, who was born in Seattle in 1942. His childhood home, high school and burial place are rarely featured in Seattle travel guides. But the times are a changing, as another singer once said. The 10,000 fans who visit Seattle every year to pay homage to Hendrix, who died in 33 years ago of a drug...
  • Big Brother Comes To Wal-Mart

    06/12/2003 5:01:12 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 160 replies · 661+ views
    NewsWithViews ^ | June 12, 2003 | Mary Starrett
    Starting this week, the nation's largest discount retailer will quietly begin selling tracking-chipped products to clueless shoppers. The first volley in their war against our privacy is set to start at their Brockton, Massachusetts store. Wal-Mart will put Radio Frequency I.D. sensors on shelves stocked with RFID-tagged Gillette products, but they'd rather you didn't know about it, because, hey, you might not like it, and then you might make noise and then they'd have a big PR mess on their hands. You might even stop buying Gillette products or, say, refuse to shop at Wal-Mart. These chips, researched at M.I.T.'s...
  • Government Officials Reach Out To Latinos

    06/12/2003 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 14 replies · 39+ views
    Laurel Leader ^ | June 12, 2003 | Harold Goodridge
    Getting Latinos in the Laurel area to feel connected to government and public services, and to understand that police are here to help and not deport them, were the goals of an open house Saturday at Laurel High School. About 40 Latino residents from the city and surrounding areas attended the meeting, called "Bridge the Gap," to address their concerns to government officials. City Council members Fred Smalls and Jan Robison organized this first city outreach to Latinos with the help of the Rev. Segundo Mir of the Hispanic Baptist Church of Laurel. Census data shows that the percentage of...
  • 32 Women Allege Bias At Denver Mint

    06/11/2003 5:41:08 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 6 replies · 106+ views
    Scripps-McClatchy Western Service ^ | June 10, 2003 | Karen Abbott
    DENVER - A third of the women who work at the U.S. Mint in Denver have filed a complaint alleging decades of harassment and discrimination by male co-workers and supervisors. "There has been unfair treatment to women in promotions, job assignments, training opportunities - there's been such harassment, and it has created an overall hostile work environment," said Beverly Mandigo Milne, who has worked at the mint since 1978. Kenneth Boris Sr., industrial manager at the Denver Mint, declined to comment. "I don't know enough to talk about it," he said. "That's about all I wish to say." Mandigo Milne...
  • PR Campaign A Bust: U.S. Image Takes A Beating In Arab World

    06/09/2003 5:32:38 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 26 replies · 79+ views
    World Tribune ^ | June 8, 2003 | World Tribune
    The U.S. image in the Middle East has taken a beating despite summits and a multi-million dollar public relations campaign. The State Department has ordered a review of its information campaign in Arab and Islamic states after a new polls that show rising anti-American sentiment. The Arabic and Islamic media have reported heavily on U.S. measures against illegal Muslim immigrants. Officials said these reports have undermined the State Department campaign. They also cited the resignation in March of Undersecretary of State Charlotte Beers, a former advertising executive who ran the public relations campaign. The review will be led by former...
  • McCain Pushes Amnesty, Guest-Worker Program

    05/29/2003 9:07:47 AM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 72 replies · 642+ views
    Tucson Citizen ^ | May 29, 2003 | C.T. Revere
    <p>Immigration reform that was put on hold after the 9-11 terror attacks must be a priority when Congress reconvenes next week, Sen. John McCain said yesterday. While national security remains a crucial concern in light of the war on terror, lawmakers should pass a guest-worker program that includes amnesty for some illegal workers now in the United States, the Arizona Republican said during a news conference in his Tucson office.</p>
  • Freedom Of Religion Meets The DMV

    05/25/2003 7:18:38 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 73 replies · 641+ views
    CourtTV ^ | May 25, 2003 | Matt Bean
    It could be the dim lighting, the poor camera work or the drab backgrounds at most motor vehicle departments, but driver's license photos are seldom considered flattering. To a veil-wearing Florida woman, they're unconstitutional. Sultaana Freeman, an American-born Muslim woman, lost her license after she refused to remove her veil, or hijab, for a photo. Now she is suing the Florida State Department of Highway Safety for violating a Florida statute that says the government "shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion." Freeman's civil suit, which is expected to go to court May 27, draws on the First...
  • France Tied Up In Knots Over Islamic Headscarf

    05/22/2003 6:33:02 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 34 replies · 477+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 22, 2003 | Mark John
    PARIS (Reuters) - As France seeks to nurture a moderate Islam able to live happily within its secular state, it is getting tied up in knots over the Muslim headscarf. Calls are growing for its prohibition in school, where young French minds are trained to respect the 1905 law separating the state and religion. A final decision could come next month. But some fear any such move could backfire, exacerbating tensions between the country's 4 million to 5 million Muslims and other groups. "This is the wrong battle. Legislation could be dangerous," said Bernard Kanovitch, the official at France's main...
  • The Gospels According To Bob Dylan

    05/13/2003 2:54:08 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 108 replies · 320+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | May 12, 2003 | David Menconi
    It is Bob Dylan's lot to have every word he utters subjected to scrutiny. For the past 20 years, faithful fans have been poring over Dylan's albums, set lists and rare public pronouncements looking for clues to one of the great theological mysteries of popular culture: Is he or isn't he a born-again Christian, the faith he turned to in 1979 and then seemingly left behind? But if Dylan has never repudiated his Christian period, he has never repudiated his Jewish roots, either. Since he rarely does interviews and tends to answer questions about his faith with a shrug or...
  • Gates: 'Wake Up And Steal The Coffee'

    05/13/2003 1:10:19 PM PDT · by Reaganwuzthebest · 22 replies · 191+ views
    The Register ^ | May 13, 2003 | John Lettice
    Last Friday Bill Gates of Microsoft plus entourage and NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw plus entourage breezed into the little prairie town of Watertown, South Dakota for coffee with the locals. The Gates Foundation has sprung for some computers for the local library, and NBC "calming force" Brokaw was doing the promo. The coffee drunk, the interview in the can and the caravan starting to pack up, Gates and Brocaw rise, and leave. Without paying. The waitress is, according to a Register spy who frequents the establishment, incandescent. But not incandescent enough to go chasing after either royal representative. She...