Deal between big business, labor clears way for new immigration bills

Deal between big business, labor clears way for new immigration bills

Big business and labor have struck a deal on a new low-skilled worker program, removing the biggest hurdle to completion of sweeping immigration legislation allowing 11 million illegal immigrants eventual U.S. citizenship, labor and Senate officials said Saturday. The agreement was reached in a phone call late Friday night with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, U.S. […]

GOP Rep. Young calls Hispanics ‘wetbacks,’ then bows to pressure and issues ‘apology’

GOP Rep. Young calls Hispanics ‘wetbacks,’ then bows to pressure and issues ‘apology’

Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, a long-time Congressman with a reputation for typical GOP bigotry, opened his mouth and inserted his rancid foot Thursday when he called Hispanic workers “wetbacks,” a strong slur against those who come from South of the border. “My father had a ranch and we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to […]

Did Colorado governor influence release of friend’s son suspected of killing prison official?

Did Colorado governor influence release of friend’s son suspected of killing prison official?

The governor of Colorado used the case of a friend’s son, formerly in solitary confinement in the state’s prison system, to push for relaxation of the use of such imprisonment techniques while interviewing Tom Clements for the top prison job. Attorney Jack Ebel testified before the Colorado Legislature two years ago that solitary confinement in […]

Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

Five Republicans joined all the Democrats in the Senate to overwhelmingly rejecte a balanced budget plan offered as a symbolic but hopeless cause by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. The measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote. The most prominent tea partyers in the Senate — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas […]

FBI’s privacy-invading ‘National Security Letters’ gag orders ruled unconstitutional

FBI’s privacy-invading ‘National Security Letters’ gag orders ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge in California Thursday ruled that the FBI usages of secretcy in so-called “National Security Letters” is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment of the United States. The decision comes as good news to the publisher of Capitol Hill Blue because the agency attempted to use such a letter to obtain records of […]

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