On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew demanded and received the resignation of acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller. Miller's forced resignation was as a result of an IRS Inspector Generals Report that revealed the IRS in certain areas of the country, using discriminatory practice towards conservative non-profit groups.
The area that was highlighted in the report included two IRS employees in Cincinnati, Ohio who were overly aggressive in the handling of applications for tax exempt status of tea-party specific groups. When interviewed by the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, former Commissioner...
On Monday the State of Minnesota became the 12th State in the U.S. to legalize same sex marriage. Last week the State of Delaware also passed similar legislation, amending their state constitution to no longer define the institution of marriage as that between a man and a woman.
For many politicians same-sex marriage is touchy issue, especially for those who have strong religious backgrounds in the Christian and Catholic faith. In 2011 President Obama announced support of same-sex and his opposition to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Conservative Democrats and Republicans...
Have you been out of the political loop for a minute? Or maybe it's not out the loop, because the same issues are being recycled to allow Democrats one week and Republicans another to point the blame at one another. All the back and forth just as Summer 2013 settles in and many members of the House prepare for their election season.
Conservative Republicans are drilling former Secretary of State (and potential 2016 candidate) Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi attacks... THEY WANT AN EXPLANATION AND THEY WANT IT NOW!!
The ladies of Capitol Hill got some royal eye-candy as Prince Harry of Wales,...
If you've been watching the news you know that the "Sequester" aka forced spending cuts that are set to take place in accordance with the Budget Control Act. These mandatory cuts were set in stone after last years near shut down. In true political form, no consensus has been made as to what cuts should be made and what areas are too important to be affected.
Last night House Republicans introduced a bill that would allow for money to be shifted around so that the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs will not be hit too hard by the sequester. The Republican bill also includes provisions...
Posted by: Madame Smith
February 12, 2013 |
February 12, 2013
Last night President Obama gave his 5th State of the Union (STOU) address to a joint session of Congress and other notable guests. The speech touched on a myriad of issues facing the nation that many of us have been waiting to hear about. The economy which is said to be the number trending issue in current politics, was POTUS' opening topic. With the March 1 deadline for sequester (mandatory government cuts) on the line, he called the Republican's bluff as he highlighted the consequences that would result.
Climate change and environmental policy became an issue of top priority and a segue into...
Posted by: Kaine
February 8, 2013 |
February 8, 2013
In honor of Black History Month, we would like to recognize an organization that has been pivotal on the forefront of education, politics, and social oppression. This organization is the distinguished National Urban League. Established September 29, 1910 in New York City, the Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes was founded to help reduce racial discrimination and help with the adaptation of African Americans migrating from the South to the North.
In an era where African-Americans and Whites were differentiated by being regarded as “separate but equal,” this organization remained...
Many of us tune in every Thursday night for the hit tv series Scandal, starring the incomparable Ms. Kerry Washington. Her character Olivia Pope is a political mastermind who has some very "close" ties with the White House. Not in the last 35 years have we had the opportunity to view a black woman at the center of prime-time series not excluding her influential presence on the Nation both on and off screen.
Kerry's off camera connection to politics is exemplified in her role as a member of President Obama's Committee on Arts and Humanities. As a member she plays an integral role in the broadening...
Things maybe looking up for the nearly 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States without citizenship. The Latino voters of America sent a message in November to Republican politicians who have previously shied away from Immigration Reform. This group being the tip of the iceberg for Democrats and President Obama in the last election are finally getting some real action.
On Monday a group of 8 Senators (both Democrat & Republican) drafted possible legislation that will be used to jump start the Reform process. The focus of the legislation deals with the undocumented individuals...
The nation's capital was painted in the patriotic colors of Americans from all walks of life over the weekend, for our Fifty Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies. A private swearing-in ceremony took place on Sunday, while hundreds of thousands of citizens convened on the National Mall to participate in the public ceremony.
The ceremony included musical performances by Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce and James Taylor. along with the traditional commentary from distinguished guests. President Obama's address was centered around the concept of "giving new meaning to the our freedom". He focused on embracing the challenges...
On Monday President Obama made an official announcement revealing his choices to fill two vacant cabinet positions within the Administration. Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and top anti-terrorism advisor John Brennan for CIA Director.
The decision to choose Brennan seems like a no brainer, he's been a part of the administration and has the experience needed to lead our nation's top intelligence office. But the decision to nominate Chuck Hagel has caused a world wind of opinions and mixed feelings.
Hagel was elected to the Senate representing the State of Nebraska...