CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
UC President Janet Napolitano, tackling one of the hot button issues facing her new leadership, announced Wednesday that she will authorize $5 million in university funds to help students who entered the country illegally and do not qualify for federal financial aid. In her first major address since taking office, she also said she will boost support for graduate and postdoctoral researchers by $10 million. Napolitano has encountered some protests in her first month on the job because of what critics contend was the increase in deportations that she oversaw as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
October 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Jeh Johnson, President Obama's pick to run the Department of Homeland Security, moved to Washington to be the top lawyer at the Pentagon in 2009, he launched a charm offensive. He began to hold regular dinners with former George W. Bush administration lawyers and Republican congressional staff. Some were held at an expensive organic restaurant called Nora in downtown D.C., recalls John B. Bellinger III, who served as legal adviser for the State Department and the National Security Council during the Bush administration.
October 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon general counsel who established the legal frameworks for lethal drone strikes and for allowing gays to serve openly in the military, will be nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of Homeland Security, according to administration officials. Johnson, 56, was an early supporter of Barack Obama's presidential ambitions and an advisor to his campaign. He contributed more than $33,000 in 2008 to Obama's fundraising committees.
October 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to nominate former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to be secretary of Homeland Security, a senior administration official confirmed Thursday. Obama is expected to make the announcement Friday afternoon at the White House, the official said. Johnson would succeed Janet Napolitano, who left in July to become president of the University of California system. In choosing Johnson, Obama is promoting the lawyer known for leading the way on reforms to the military commissions system at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
October 2, 2013 |
GLYNCO, Ga. - Nestled in a corner of southeast Georgia known for marsh-ringed islands, grassy dunes and year-round golf, this picturesque area might seem far from the political impasse in Washington that has shut down most of the federal government. But last year, nearly 70,000 law enforcement officers from across the country took courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center here, a Department of Homeland Security facility so sprawling it has its own ZIP code. They practiced on 18 firearms ranges and ran armed drills inside a mock train station, an airport terminal and a Main Street.
September 30, 2013 |
Critics may have complained about last season, but fans haven't given up on "Homeland" yet. Season 3 of the counter-terrorism thriller opened Sunday with 1.9 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That was 9% higher than last year's Season 2 premiere and "Homeland's" most-watched season start yet. FALL TV 2013: Watch the trailers This despite the fact that "Homeland" was airing opposite the hugely anticipated series...
September 18, 2013 |
It is cruel and inhumane to keep prison inmates in solitary confinement for indefinite periods or to put them there for arbitrary reasons. Studies indicate that inmates subjected to prolonged isolation are at risk for mental illness and suicide. That's led human rights groups and the United Nations' special rapporteur on torture, among others, to conclude that solitary confinement should be abolished, with very few exceptions. Yet its use is widespread, not only in state and federal prisons but in immigration detention facilities.
August 27, 2013 |
Janet Napolitano has a message for the next head of the Department of Homeland Security: “You will need a large bottle of Advil.” In a farewell speech Tuesday, Napolitano gave a wide-ranging defense of her 4½f years as head of one of the government's youngest and most unwieldy departments. “Some have said that being the secretary of DHS is the most thankless job in Washington,” Napolitano said at the National Press Club in the capital. “That's not true. No doubt it is a very big and complex job. It is literally a 24/7 job,” she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 |
A congressman is urging federal officials to more thoroughly investigate the safety of a San Pedro butane storage facility situated near homes, schools and shopping areas in San Pedro. Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding that the agency take additional steps to protect the public from the risk of explosion at the Rancho LPG Holdings site on North Gaffey Street. Waxman said he was concerned that an earlier Homeland Security inspection of the facility was cursory, did little to verify the company's safety information and conflicted with recent findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice to be second in command at the Department of Homeland Security vigorously denied allegations Thursday that he helped a company run by the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton secure a special visa for foreign investors. "I have never in my career used undue influence to influence the outcome of a case," Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told a Senate panel considering his nomination.