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Two Bad Pieces of News in the Jobs Report

Jul 31, 2020

Two Bad Pieces of News in the Jobs Report

Two Bad Pieces of News in the Jobs Report

Jul 31, 2020

Sen. Harkin: ‘Take Medicare off the table’ in debt-ceiling debate

Sen. Harkin: ‘Take Medicare off the table’ in debt-ceiling debate

Congressional Republicans need to “take Medicare off the table” and deal directly with the nation’s debt-ceiling, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said Friday
Congressional Republicans need to “take Medicare off the table” and deal directly with the nation’s debt-ceiling, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said Friday
Jul 31, 2020

Obama announces support of bill to end DOMA

Obama announces support of bill to end DOMA

The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama was throwing his support behind legislation which would effectively kill the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) would repeal all three sections of DOMA — which federally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman — including section 1, which is the name; section 2, which instructs states not to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states; and section 3, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing legally performed same-sex marriages. Change.org quotes White House spokesman Shin Inouye on Obama’s endorsement of the legislation: “The President has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people – our families, friends and neighbors,” Inouye said.
The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama was throwing his support behind legislation which would effectively kill the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) would repeal all three sections of DOMA — which federally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman — including section 1, which is the name; section 2, which instructs states not to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states; and section 3, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing legally performed same-sex marriages. Change.org quotes White House spokesman Shin Inouye on Obama’s endorsement of the legislation: “The President has long called for a legislative repeal of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” which continues to have a real impact on the lives of real people – our families, friends and neighbors,” Inouye said.
Jul 31, 2020

Detroit faith leaders to protest Lowe’s for pulling ad from ‘All-American Muslim’

Detroit faith leaders to protest Lowe’s for pulling ad from ‘All-American Muslim’

The Lowe’s logo (Pic via melissabargains.com ) In response to the company’s recent decision to pull ads from the TLC reality series All-American Muslim , Detroit-area faith leaders will hold a demonstration outside a Michigan branch of home improvement chain Lowe’s on Saturday. Lowe’s pulled its advertising from the show after the Florida Family Association complained that it depicted American Muslims “as ordinary folks just like you and me.” The group said the show is nothing more than “propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law.” At least 60 companies have acceded to the group’s demands, but Lowe’s has born the brunt of most of the scrutiny — likely because of a public comment issued shortly after the ad pulls were announced.
The Lowe’s logo (Pic via melissabargains.com ) In response to the company’s recent decision to pull ads from the TLC reality series All-American Muslim , Detroit-area faith leaders will hold a demonstration outside a Michigan branch of home improvement chain Lowe’s on Saturday. Lowe’s pulled its advertising from the show after the Florida Family Association complained that it depicted American Muslims “as ordinary folks just like you and me.” The group said the show is nothing more than “propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law.” At least 60 companies have acceded to the group’s demands, but Lowe’s has born the brunt of most of the scrutiny — likely because of a public comment issued shortly after the ad pulls were announced.
Jul 31, 2020

Review of deportation cases garnering mixed reactions

Review of deportation cases garnering mixed reactions

Support for the review of deportation cases announced last week by the Department of Homeland Security has earned the support of progressive organizations, and even some conservatives. # Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a Republican, said in a conference call hosted by the National Immigration Forum today that he applauds Homeland Security’s decision to use prosecutorial discretion in immigration deportation to focus resources on “people who are here to violate our laws in felonious ways.” # Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said during the conference that he applauds the measures, calling the decision to review cases “a Christian decision to protect the innocent.” # “The cook at Arby’s with three children was deported with the drug dealer, that was wrong,” Rodriguez said.
Support for the review of deportation cases announced last week by the Department of Homeland Security has earned the support of progressive organizations, and even some conservatives. # Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a Republican, said in a conference call hosted by the National Immigration Forum today that he applauds Homeland Security’s decision to use prosecutorial discretion in immigration deportation to focus resources on “people who are here to violate our laws in felonious ways.” # Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said during the conference that he applauds the measures, calling the decision to review cases “a Christian decision to protect the innocent.” # “The cook at Arby’s with three children was deported with the drug dealer, that was wrong,” Rodriguez said.
Jul 31, 2020
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