VAWA passage stands as a victory for immigrants

In a rare moment, the U.S. Congress took a positive step forward for the country today. The House of Representatives approved the Violence Against Women Act, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature. (The Senate had already passed the bill, 78-22, and 87 Republicans joined 199 Democrats to pass the bill in theContinue reading “VAWA passage stands as a victory for immigrants”

Obama makes right move to frame immigration reform

The contours of President Barack Obama’s immigration reform proposal are beginning to become known now. Several prominent Republican voices immediately voiced their displeasure after the plan was leaked. Senator Marco Rubio said that the proposal would worsen the country’s immigration problems, and Representative Paul Ryan said that the White House should not undermine Congressional effortsContinue reading “Obama makes right move to frame immigration reform”

A national tragedy

If 42 people died in one mass shooting, it would rank among the worst acts of violence in American history. In Chicago, that’s a tragedy known as January. It’s a city that saw 506 homicides in 2012, and these acts of violence were not of the same character as the one that left 20 childrenContinue reading “A national tragedy”

Drone strikes present moral quandary

The Obama administration’s use of drones to kill suspected terrorists became a heated political issue this past week. This tactic’s foray into public discourse was a bit of a surprise, considering that 83 percent of Americans approve of the strategy. But NBC News leaked a Justice Department memo detailing the administration’s justification for drone strikes,Continue reading “Drone strikes present moral quandary”