December 19, 2013 |
Just two days ago, President Obama made news by placing two openly gay athletes on the delegation that will represent the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Now it is known the delegation has three. Brian Boitano, a figure skating gold medalist who was included on Obama's original list, has announced that he is gay. "I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am," Boitano said in a statement.
December 18, 2013 |
President Obama's decision to send two openly gay athletes to the 2014 Sochi Olympics as part of the U.S. delegation continued to reverberate Wednesday. Christine Brennan, a columnist for USA Today, called the move "genius. " The Human Rights First organization referred to it as a "positive message. " On the other end of the spectrum, veteran Olympic reporter Alan Abrahamson criticized Obama for playing politics in the sports realm and potentially jeopardizing an American bid for the 2024 Games.
December 17, 2013 |
President Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with whom he is - and isn't - sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics in February. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning "gay propaganda.
December 17, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India reacted Tuesday to the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York last week by snubbing a U.S. Congressional delegation, removing security from outside the U.S. Embassy and threatening to treat U.S. diplomats the same way it says its envoys were treated by America. The issue has become a major story, with India's often-breathless media calling the situation a “full blown diplomatic war,” while National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon was quoted describing the U.S. action as “barbaric” and “despicable.” The incident was sparked off when Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested last week by New York police on charges of visa fraud.
December 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, an Orange County conservative, and Maxine Waters, a Los Angeles liberal, on the same side of an issue? The Ripley's Believe It or Not moment came Thursday in a House vote to pass a budget deal designed to prevent another government shutdown. The vote scrambled the usual alliances within California's congressional delegation, with nine of the state's 53 House members - seven Democrats and two Republicans - voting against the agreement. Democrats who voted no were upset that the budget deal did not extend federal unemployment benefits for an estimated 214,800 Californians whose benefits expire after Christmas.
November 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - California's congressional delegation has long been known for its inability to get along. But Golden State Republicans aren't just on the opposite side of issues from Democrats. Lately, they've been at odds among themselves. The divisions were on display when the state's 15 Republicans split almost evenly on a vote to end the government shutdown and extend the nation's borrowing authority. All 38 Democrats, in contrast, stuck together in support of the measure. The Republicans also split on roll calls this year to cut the food stamp program, provide Superstorm Sandy relief, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and end a program that promotes U.S. agricultural products abroad.