U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive action to secure that millions of illegal immigrants have a path to citizenship, was blocked by the Texas Court of Appeals. Now, the setback can only be resolved by the administration’s appeal to the Supreme Court. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Texas, decided with a 2-1 vote in the case Texas v. United States, to uphold a May injunction of Barack Obama’s immigration plan that has been strongly opposed by all Republicans and challenged in court by 26 states. All of the 26 states are led by Republican Governors, who argue that Obama’s immigration plan is well out of bounds of his executive authority and that he has no right to demand protection of whole categories of immigrants. However, the Obama administration argues that the President’s actions is lawful and that he has every right to ask the Department of Homeland Security ...

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Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson’s history is being questioned, specifically his recollection of being offered a scholarship to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and stabbing a friend during his troubled childhood. The retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson has come under scrutiny for stating that he had been offered the scholarship to West Point, but declined it because he already had plans to go to medical school. According to Reuters, the political news website Politico offered a different account of the Ben Carson’s scholarship story, to which Carson’s campaign issued a statement on Friday that he was never really officially offered an application of a scholarship, nor did he ever apply for one. He said “It didn’t go to that extent. It was an offer to me, it was specifically made.” West Point also issued a statement on Friday saying that there is no record of Carson completing an application. However, according ...

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Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton unveiled her proposal for a criminal justice reform on Friday and pledged to end an era of mass incarceration. While being at the Democratic candidates’ forum at the Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Clinton unveiled new details about her long waited criminal justice reform, with specific proposal on reducing prison time for nonviolent offenses and reforming the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. She also called on expanding the government’s authority in investigating potential civil rights violations by the law enforcement agencies. Her platform on criminal justice has become one of the central elements of her Presidential bid for the 2016 Elections and has gained great support, most prominently after the much publicized officer-involved murders of young black men and women in the United States. Her agenda is in accord with the agenda of the Obama administration and has gained a large support by the civil rights movements, ...

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President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada after seven years of protesting by environmental activists. According to Reuters, Obama stated at a press conference that “The pipeline would not make a meaningful long term contribution to our economy” and added that it would not be reducing gasoline prices and U.S. energy security would not be increased with the shipping of dirtier crude from Canada. The Keystone XL pipeline was supposed to link the pipeline network between Canada and the United States, brining crude from Alberta and North Dakota to Illinois refineries and to the Gulf of Mexico coast. Denying TransCanada Corp’s 800,000 barrels a day will make the development of the province of the Alberta’s oil sands much more difficult. However, the rejection of the Keystone pipeline puts the United States in the leading position ahead of the Paris conference for climate change on the 30th of November, ...

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The House of Representatives voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, including the $5 billion in spending cuts. The House voted on Thursday with a 370-58 in favor of the measure that will authorize more than $600 billion in defense spending. The measure includes the $5 billion in spending cuts that was not included in the previous defense bill that was vetoed by resident Barack Obama. The measure was passed with a strong support by Democrats in the House, even though the measure includes provision that make it very hard to take the next step in closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. More specifically, the provisions make it difficult for the 112 prisoners of war to be transferred to the United States. However, despite the controversial provisions, the Senate is expected to vote in favor of the bill as soon as next week. According to Reuters, ...

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Democratic Presidential hopeful and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a series of proposal concerning environmental issues ahead of the United nations climate change conference in Paris. Speaking at a campaign rally at the U.S. Capitol, Sanders came in favor of the proposal to stop new leased for fossil fuel extraction on public lands. The bill’s sponsor is Democrat and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Sanders also pledged to propose a legislation that would protect the workers in the fossil fuel industry, while the country is transitioning to renewable fuel sources. According to Reuters, Sanders’ aides said that the proposal would be the Senator’s beginning strategy for a more comprehensive climate plan. During the Wednesday event at Capitol, Sanders himself stated “We are not going to let them fall by the wayside”, taking a strong stance to protect the workers. He also added that this is an issue he strongly ...

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(Image Credit: AP) Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton proposed on Tuesday a federal minimum wage of $12 an hour, raising it from the current $7.25. While being on a campaign stop in Iowa, Clinton reiterated that the central element of her 2016 elections campaign is raising wages for working Americans, including raising the minimum wage. Up until now, she did not disclose a specific number. According to Reuters, while being in Coralville, Iowa, she stated “I want to raise the federal minimum wage to $12, and encourage other communities to go even higher.” She made her proposal to a crowd in Grinnell College as well, stating “I think we can manage it, and I don’t think there should be any unintended consequences to job creation.” Clinton’s rival for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has been vowing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, something that Clinton ...

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The most recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that Donald Trump is the candidate that Republicans would vote for President , to manage the economy and the foreign policy of the United States. The poll was conducted after the third Republican Presidential debate, from the 28th of October until the 2nd of November. Trump was favored by 31% of those Republicans surveyed, followed by Dr. Ben Carson with 18%, Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush with 10% each. Businessman and real estate mogul Donald Trump has been leading the Republican field of candidates in the race for the 2016 Elections Republican Party nomination ever since he announced his campaign this summer. His stances on immigration and foreign policy have garnered the support of conservatives, but his long-standing business record has even appealed to more moderate Republicans, thus opening the opportunity of a momentum to grow his campaign even further. According to Reuters, one ...

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(Photo Credit: Mark J. Terril/AP)  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush reiterated his attack on rival Republican candidate for President Marco Rubio, for missing Senate votes and contributing to the Washington gridlock. Bush attacked Rubio for not demonstrating the leadership needed to surpass the partisan division and said that he does not have the level of accomplishment to really be in the White House. According to Reuters, while being on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday Bush stated “In this era of gridlock, it’s really hard to break through and I think he’s given up. And I think that’s the wrong thing to do.” He added “this is about public service, about solving problems. I can change the culture in Washington.” Bush and Rubio clashed over this matter at the last Republican Presidential debate, when Jeb Bush criticized Marco Rubio for missing Senate votes because of his campaigning schedule and even suggested that ...

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The Republican National Committee has kicked out NBC News from being the sponsor of the Republican debate scheduled for the 26th of February because of controversy over the previous debate hosted by NBC News media partner CNBC. The announcement comes after a couple of campaigns expressing their willingness to change the debate format because of candidates not having enough time to speak. According to Reuters, the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said that NBC will not be hosting the debate on the 26th of February in Houston, Texas, because the committee wants to make sure that the Republican candidates receive a “full and fair” opportunity to state their vision for America. The previous debate held in Boulder, Colorado was highly criticized by both candidates for President and voters for not going in the right direction and handling the topic of economy and its moderators not being able to control the debate. According to ...

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