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 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.”
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.
Firefighters in New Mexico recently battled wildfires that threatened a government nuclear facility in Los Alamos.
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said those warning of economic disaster if the debt ceiling is not raised are using “scare tactics.”
Goldman Sachs is cutting jobs in the United States so it can expand in Singapore. The company, which received $10 billion in preferred stock purchases from the Federal government under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, alerted Washington to the move first, in order to avoid controversy.