February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Illegal immigrants may have to wait about a decade before receiving a green card under an immigration bill being crafted by a group of senators from both parties. The details are still being negotiated, but “the process is likely to be in the range of 10 years,” said Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) during a meeting on Capitol Hill with Spanish-language reporters and others. Under the plan - the outlines of which were unveiled last week - illegal immigrants could be given probationary legal status but would have to wait until border security milestones and other requirements were met before they would be granted legal permanent residency - a green card.
March 18, 2013 |
Congressional backers of a proposed Smithsonian-affiliated museum devoted to the history and culture of American Latinos didn't succeed the first time around, so they're trying again. The bipartisan bills resubmitted Friday in the U.S. House and Senate aim to designate an unused, 132-year-old Smithsonian building on the National Mall in Washington as the future site of an American Latino Museum. If passed, it would not commit the federal government to build and fund the museum.
April 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry implored Congress on Thursday not to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, warning that such a move could disrupt diplomacy over Tehran's disputed nuclear program at a delicate moment. Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said that because Iran is two months away from an election, new U.S. economic penalties could become an inflamed political issue and reduce the chances of a deal to curb the nuclear program. "There's an enormous amount of jockeying going on, with the obvious normal tension between hard-liners and people who want to make an agreement," he told committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
January 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senators from both parties are expressing enthusiasm for pushing a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system. But while immigration politics appears to have changed in the wake of sweeping Republican rejection by Latino voters last year, the math in the Senate may remain a challenge. Fifty-four current senators were in office in 2007, the last time the chamber came close to advancing major immigration legislation. Of those, opponents of the 2007 reforms outnumber supporters 31 to 23. On the Republican side, just two senators who supported the 2007 legislation remain in office - Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1998
As the recent papal visit to Cuba continues to reverberate in Washington, the Clinton administration has taken a few modest but positive steps to reverse isolationist policies that benefit no one. The measures proposed Friday by the president would streamline medical aid to Cuba, authorize direct humanitarian flights from the United States and legalize limited remittances from Cuban Americans to relatives in Cuba. Another measure would seek ways to ease restrictions on food shipments to Cuba.
November 14, 2006 |
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), a prominent Latino who previously served in President Bush's Cabinet, will assume the high-profile post of Republican National Committee general chairman, GOP officials said Monday. Martinez, 60, will remain in the Senate when he takes the reins of the RNC in January, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid pre-empting a formal announcement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1997 |
Fed up with the barrage of motions that House Democrats have introduced calling for an immediate end of the investigation into last fall's election of Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), Republicans imposed a rare rule Thursday preventing anyone but the leader of each party from introducing such resolutions until Congress adjourns for the year.
October 23, 1997 |
Republicans on Wednesday proposed handing a key part of their investigation of Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez's contested victory in Orange County's 46th Congressional District to California Secretary of State Bill Jones, saying that it would speed up the process and remove it from Capitol Hill's partisan battlefield.
April 24, 2010
SATURDAY The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer 3 p.m. CNN McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Animal expert Jeff Corwin. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Financial reform, the economy, unemployment: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.); the economy: Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D-Mich.). 6 and 9 a.m., 5, 8 and 11 p.m. CNN CBS News Sunday Morning Google's home page illustrations; author Kitty Kelley; Wilbert Rideau.
October 25, 2010 |
Sports buffs like to say that a win at the beginning of the season counts just as much as a win when the end of the season approaches. Would that elections were as simple as sports. As more people take advantage of the growing number of states that allow early voting – casting a ballot before election day – the issue of what that vote means has moved to the fore, as has the question of whether it has a predictive value beyond the partisan propaganda of galvanizing voters.