Archive for June, 2011
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), in his opening remarks at the Senate hearing on the controversial DREAM Act, asked all the “DREAMers” — adolescents who would be eligible for citizenship under the Act — attending the hearing to stand.
A source revealed Wednesday that a United States drone aircraft recently fired on two Somali militant leaders with ties to al-Qaida, making Somalia the sixth known country where the U.S. is conducting military attacks. The Washington Post said their source, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation, said the attack apparently wounded the two, which were reportedly senior members of al-Shabab.
A Geneva-based United Nations watchdog group, UN Watch, called on the United States and the European Union Thursday to strongly protest the United Nations’ appointment of North Korea as the President of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. “Bare months after the U.N. finally suspended Libya’s Col. Muammar Qaddafi from its Human Rights Council, North Korea wins the propaganda coup of heading the world’s disarmament agency,” Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said in a statement. “It’s asking the fox to guard the chickens, and damages the U.N.’s credibility.”
A new California law, Assembly Bill No. 28, requires sellers with a significant presence in the State to charge sales tax. This includes “(a)ny retailer entering into an agreement or agreements under which a person or persons in this state, for a commission or other consideration, directly or indirectly refer potential purchasers of tangible personal property to the retailer, whether by an Internet-based link or an Internet Web site, or otherwise.”
On Thursday, the United States military announced that three more American soldiers in Iraq had died this week, bringing the combat-related monthly death toll in the Iraq War up to a three-year high. Military officials say that the increased casualties, which are occurring as the U.S. coordinates the withdrawal of all forces by the end of the year, are the result of “militants’ stepping up attacks so as to claim credit for pushing the Americans out,” the article read.
On Wednesday, lawmakers in Athens, Greece approved an austerity package for the country, bowing to the demands of international lenders. The 155-138 vote passed as riots and protests continued in the nation’s capital.
According to the results of the Harris Poll, President Barack Obama has lost points not only in his overall rating, but also in areas including the handling of jobs, education and healthcare.
On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed ABX1 28, a bill that allows California to collect sales tax from out-of-state, web-based retailers.
President Barack Obama had some harsh words for legislators in a recent press conference centering on the debt issue, however, GOP lawmakers were not swayed to adopt tax hikes.
In India, officials are concerned about a disturbing trend: parents forcing their daughters to become sons through sex change operations. “Madhya Pradesh state government is investigating claims that up to 300 girls were surgically turned into boys in one city,” read an article on The Telegraph’s website.