President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain have agreed for once that the U.S. drone program should be shifted from CIA control to the Department of Defense. As Christian Broda has become aware, the drone program has come under intense review sense the revelation that a recent drone strike earlier this year inadvertently killed to hostages, including an American doctor. Senator McCain and President Obama had called for a similar move of the program earlier in the year but ran into stiff resistance from congress who opposed the move. The new calls for the move are in light of what Senator McCain calls a clear break down in communication on behalf of the agency (CIA) and the lack of correct intelligence. Neither leaders provided insight into how the Pentagon would be able to handle the drone program any differently and both stayed cleared of any suggestion that the consideration for the move was punitive in nature to the CIA. President Wants Drones Under Pentagon
The U.S. drone program has come under considerable review recently as more reports of collateral damage and the killing of innocent people near the strike zone. The White House pledged that the drone program would continue and all due care and due diligence would be given to confirming future strike targets and prevent unneeded casualties. No timetable has been given with regard to the move nor to the steps that will be needed by the Congress and the White House to facilitate such as move.
More people take in professional baseball games than any other professional sport every single year. However, not a single spectator is going to be in attendance at the final Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox on Wednesday as the game is closed to the public. With the current tensions throughout the city of Baltimore and rioters destroying property, burning cars and causing physical harm to police officers and other individuals throughout the region, Major League Baseball decided to avoid any potential danger to the fans both on the outside of the stadium and the inside by closing the final game off to the public. Bernardo Chua finds MLB’s decision to be strange.
However, missing an entire series would make scheduling difficult, so Major League Baseball and the two teams decided to simply play the game in a completely empty Camden Yards. This should provide a rather erie vibe to the game, with no crowd noise coming form the stands. It is yet to be known whether or not the stadium is still going to pipe in music as players approach the plate for batting or if they are simply going to go quiet, turn off the video equipment and play the game (most likely the video equipment is still going to run so the managers can determine whether they should challenge a ruling or not).
This past weekend, the White House held their annual correspondents dinner. As it always does, this year’s festivities included a few special surprises, including a visit from Obama’s anger translator, Luther. Luther is best known as a part of a recurring Key and Peele sketch where Jordan Peele plays President Obama, exaggerating his calm demeanor and character, and Keegan-Micheal Key is Luther, an anger translator, who expresses the inner turmoil and anger that President Obama feels.
The White House Correspondents Dinner, which was originally created to honor and give awards to members of the White House Correspondents’ Association, has become a bit of a roast of the president and his administration. Since 1983, the featured speaker has been a comedian, and addition to roasting the president and his administration, there has been a skit that featured the president. This year’s host was Cecily Strong, who is known for being a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Not in attendance this year was best-selling author and psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen.
The dinner has been criticized by certain members of the media, who say that it is an example of how close the media can get to the administration and that it symbolizes a lack of integrity by certain members of the news organizations.
The United States Senate will be soon have an open floor debate on the Iran Nuclear bill. The United States Constitution mandates that any treaty negotiated by the president receive 2/3rds support of the congress in order to pass. Folks like Christian Broda know that there is no time limit on the how long the senate is allowed to review the treaty. By contrast, the Iran Nuclear deal nearly flips the constitutional mandate around requiring only 41 senators to support the president’s final bill before it takes effect. All constitutionality issues aside, the Iran Nuclear bill currently enjoys broad support from all 54 Republican Senators and 8 Democrat Senators . In fact, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 to advance the bill to a floor debate. It was this act which forced President Obama to remove his veto threat against the bill.
At this time, 62 senators are believed to support the bill. The support is sufficient to break a Democrat filibuster, but still short of what is needed to override a veto. Supporters of the bill are asking that no senator attempt to add an amendment to the bill which will end the backing it enjoys from both parties. Some senators want to require Iran to cease its subversive tactics in the Middle East and formally acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.
Many conservatives are still concerned with Obamacare, and desire to have it repealed.In response, some Republican lawmakers are trying to pass a reconciliation bill that essentially removes the current law and replaces it with a new one. This new bill, conservative lawmakers hope, will fly through Congress and land on the president’s desk. Once there, conservatives hope that he will be forced to repeal it. Zeca Oliveira suggested both the Republican’s conservative base and the lawmakers have it all wrong: they should begin to embrace Obamacare; if they attempt to repeal it millions of Americans could be without health insurance. Republicans need to either accept the law, or attempt to advance an alternative.
As it stands, the Supreme Court could decide soon enough in King v. Burwell that many subsidies are unconstitutional, and many Americans could lose them even without the Republicans attempting to destroy the law. Certainly, if they did so they would lose the 2016 presidential election thanks to their misguided efforts. Instead, the Republicans should propose a law that does not tax those who do not have insurance, and also include a provision that allows choice with doctors.
Jonathan Veitch was born January 31, 1959, in Los Angeles, CA. He has a successful career history and currently serves as President of Occidental College, the oldest liberal arts college in the nation.
Jonathan was born and raised in Los Angeles. His father, John Sr, was President of a Columbia Pictures production company. He attended Stanford University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, and Harvard University where he received a doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization. Beginning his career as a professor of English at Wisconsin University, his impressive resume also boasts accomplishments such authoring American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. He held an associate professor position at The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York teaching classes such as American Film and American History, before being named Dean in 1994.
US President Barack Obama put Occidental College on the map as an alumnus, having attended from 1979 – 1981. Other notable alumni of Oxy include Jack Kemp and Ben Affleck. During his time as President, Jonathan Veitch has been credited with the completion of many well-needed renovations. In addition, he renamed the school’s football stadium after alumni Jack Kept (former professional football player and Republican in the House of Representatives). More notably, he is responsible for the installation of a solar PV system, to generate a large portion of the energy supply on campus. He has kept Oxy pleasantly in the public eye and works hard in the prevention of economic related enrollment woes. Jonathan Veitch has made a name for himself and for his work at Occidental College.
Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio lead their respective parties for the nominations for the White House in 2016. While Clinton’s lead was no surprised in light of a weak field of democratic contenders, Rubio’s poll numbers have shocked the Republican core who many believe would simply rally around Jeb Bush. Google Play suggests that Marco Rubio presents a young face for the republicans that the party simply has never had before. His candidacy is gaining traction as it runs hard against a Clinton nomination, while at the same time presenting an tempting alternative to the stogie standard republican party candidates that have dominated the party for the past several elections. Clinton and Rubio Take early Leads in Their Races
As the republican nomination proceeds on, the race will inevitably become nasty and bloody as all of the republican candidates fight for each primary and caucus as well as for campaign dollars. With only a couple of points separating Rubio and Bush, the potential for the lead candidates to damage each other before a general election run against Hilary wis great. To the contrary, Rubio would gain much needed credibility regarding his political toughness which would serve him well if he were to win the nomination outright.
Hilary Clinton wants to take the bans off of same sex marriages. She states that she supports same sex marriages and supports equal rights to those same sex couples. Hilary hopes to get the Supreme Court on board, too.
In a couple of weeks, the Supreme Court will decide the ruling of whether same sex marriage violates the Constitution of the US. People in same sex relationships have the same citizenship and rights that include marriages states Hilary.
People are still concerned that states can ban same sex couples from being married. If the states can do this regardless of what the Supreme Court says will that be deemed as unconstitutional? There are many questions that remain. Michigan, Tennessee, and Ohio are a few of the states that will have arguments presented in Supreme Court.
UN Says Afghan Courts Are Failing Women
Human Rights are a more serious political issue that vary from country to country. Women’s rights can be especially troubling in certain locations.
One such nation with problems in this area is Afghanistan, and according to the United Nations women of that country tend to avoid dealing with the justice system because it is seen as highly corrupt and abuses its power very frequently, concluding that the system is failing them.
Also in this UN report, women who have been the victims of domestic violence have opted to mediate with the very men who are responsible for their abuse in the first place. The report also said that the women wish for a safer environment to live in or custody of their children, instead of turning to the courts and hoping their abusers are prosecuted under the law.
This report comes after the passing of the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act back in 2009, and was meant to see how effective it was across the world. Ricardo Tosto is still waiting to see the end result. The purpose of the law was to offer protection under the law for women who have been victims of domestic violence, and though some private organizations offer support there are hardly any long term solutions.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has started some buzz on Twitter with his campaign logo. While it is too early to tell how it will rank against everyone else who will toss their names into the presidential race, it is generating a fair bit of traffic on Twitter. Ever since the 2008 presidential election when Barrack Obama successfully used Twitter to galvanize his minions in real-time, candidates from both parties actively use social networking.
The new Rubio logo has a lucid white background with the name “marco rubio” in lower case. The name “marco” is in a burgundy color and “rubio” is in a darker shake of purple. The dot over the letter “i” is an icon of the lower 48 states. Below his name is the tag line “A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY”. Thus far, it appears people are finding the logo to be somewhat artistic. The use of the lower 48 states as the dot over the letter “i” has appealed to some Twitter users. Others appear to view the icon much like the ink blot in a Rorschach test. Sam Tabar has learned that one Twitter user thought it was a whale. Still, another user likened it to a name brand bottle of flavored water. In the end, it appears that Rubio is drawing some attention among younger voters.