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Rick Santorum, Catholic and Republican, to run for US president :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)


 

Rick Santorum. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Pittsburgh, Pa., May 28, 2015 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Second-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced his campaign for the U.S. presidency on Wednesday, standing behind his goals to shrink the government, heal the middle class, and focus on social issues, while honing in on his image as a “blue collar conservative.”

“I am proud to stand here among you and for you, the American workers who have sacrificed so much, to announce that I am running for president of the United States,” Santorum stated May 27 in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Santorum will try to appeal to Catholic voters in the 2016 race, although he is among two other Republican contenders with a Catholic affiliation – Jeb Bush, a convert from Episcopalianism, and Marco Rubio.

Santorum’s 2012 campaign for president bolstered his transparency on faith, revealing his belief that God and the importance of religion are pivotal in American democracy. The former U.S. Senator has made it clear over the years that he is devoted to his faith, and that the Church has helped shape some of his political stances.

“I am proud of being Catholic. I’m proud of the teachings of the Church,” Santorum told CNA in 2011, upholding the belief that faith and reason go hand in hand.

“When the reason is right and the faith is true, they end up in the same place,” Santorum continued.

The New York Times called Santorum the “boldest candidate in the race” because of his stance opposing abortion and same-sex marriage, making him stand apart from what could be a dozen republican runners.

During his two terms as a U.S. Senator, Santorum worked resolutely to ban partial-birth abortion and continues to oppose the practice. He also told CNA that the “faith teaches very clearly that life is life at the moment of conception.”

Santorum also defended religious-based organizations and helped them receive more assistance during his time as a senator in the 1996 welfare overhaul. He has also spoken out against homosexual acts and supports marriage between one man and one woman, publicly supporting the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.

Although Santorum admitted on NBC earlier in the year that he had spoken rashly about some sensitive issues during his 2012 campaign, but he is still resolved to speak openly about the importance of family and traditional values.

The former senator, age 57, joins an already crowded race, but his history of winning 11 states against Mitt Romney in the 2012 Republican primaries could prove helpful in the continuously brimming bids.

Although recent polls place him 10th among his fellow Republicans, Santorum will work to make his way towards the early debates in August, pushing his themes of restoring traditional American values and defence against the country’s enemies.

Santorum spoke boldly this week about the impending threat of radical Islam, saying he has been dubbed as an enemy by the Islamic State in one of their English-language magazines. Nevertheless, Santorum believes America should be wary of the brewing storm that extremist Islam may pose.

Other candidates for the Republican nomination include former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Texas senator Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson, a retired surgeon.

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via Rick Santorum, Catholic and Republican, to run for US president :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

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this day in the yesteryear: US President Bill Clinton Is Acquitted (1999)


US President Bill Clinton Is Acquitted (1999)

In January 1998, President Clinton was questioned in a civil suit charging him with sexual harassment. Before the Grand Jury, he denied having an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which turned out to be untrue. The US House of Representatives impeached Clinton on December 19, 1998, charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. In 1999, two impeachment counts were tried in the Senate, which voted to acquit Clinton. Who is the only other US President to have been impeached? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Matt Drudge Breaks the Lewinsky Scandal (1998) (when manners matter!)


Matt Drudge Breaks the Lewinsky Scandal (1998)

Matt Drudge is the proprietor of the popular Drudge Report website that gained notoriety for breaking a series of news reports ahead of the mainstream media. He won fame for his coverage of the Monica Lewinsky affair, a scandal that led to the impeachment of US President Bill Clinton. He was inspired to start his news site after becoming privy to insider gossip at CBS studios while working as its gift shop manager. What other odd jobs did Drudge hold before his breakthrough in journalism? More… Discuss

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this pressed for your information: Obama and Cameron warn Congress over Iran sanctions vote | US news | The Guardian


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President Barack Obama, right, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, presented a united front about Iran in their White House press conference on Friday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Barack Obama and David Cameron have warned of possible military confrontation with Iran if Congress succeeds in passing new sanctions legislation rather than giving nuclear non-proliferation talks more time.

In a joint press conference characterised by unusually blunt pressure on US lawmakers, the president said he would veto their proposed legislation if it reached his desk. The British prime minister revealed he was making personal calls to senators during his visit to Washington to dissuade them from passing the bill in the first place.

via Obama and Cameron warn Congress over Iran sanctions vote | US news | The Guardian.

today’s picture: John Muir (Library of Congress)



John Muir

Naturalist and forest conservation advocate John Muir was largely responsible for the establishment of national parks such as Sequoia and Yosemite. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Scottish immigrant Muir worked on mechanical inventions, but when an industrial accident blinded him in one eye, he abandoned that career and devoted himself to nature. As early as 1876, Muir encouraged the federal government to establish a forest conservation program. The Sequoia and Yosemite parks were created in 1890 and two eloquent articles by Muir swayed public opinion in favor of federally protected national forests. Muir also influenced the conservation policy of President Theodore Roosevelt, who is shown here with Muir during a 1903 camping trip to Yosemite.

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The United States Secret Service


The United States Secret Service

The Secret Service was originally established in 1865 under the Department of the Treasury, with the primary task of preventing the counterfeiting of US currency. It assumed the role of protecting the president after President McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Today, in addition to its original duties, the Secret Service is responsible for guarding high-ranking government officials, their families, and foreign dignitaries. In 2003, the Secret Service became part of what new federal department? More… Discuss

WORD: vendetta


vendetta

Definition: (noun) A feud between two families or clans that arises out of a slaying and is perpetuated by retaliatory acts of revenge.
Synonyms: blood feud
Usage: No one remembers how the vendetta between the families began, but it will only end when the desire for revenge is not heeded. Discuss.

today’s birthday: Mary Todd Lincoln (1818)


Mary Todd Lincoln (1818)

Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of President Abraham Lincoln, was a tragic figure of the American Civil War period. As First Lady, she was criticized for her use of taxpayers’ money in refurbishing the White House and was even accused of harboring Confederate sympathies. She struggled with depression after witnessing her husband’s assassination and suffering the deaths of three of her children, and she was committed to an insane asylum for several months in 1875. Who had her committed? More… Discuss

this pressed: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down, Fox News confirms | Fox News


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Published November 24, 2014

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will officially resign amid growing pressure from the Obama administration over his handling of several international crises, Fox News has confirmed.

Hagel, 68, is expected to meet with President Obama at the White House at 11 a.m.
Hagel, a Republican, is the first member of Obama’s team to step down following the midterm elections.

He took office Feb.27, 2013.

via Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down, Fox News confirms | Fox News.

Obama Shrugs Off Criticism on Immigration from House Republicans


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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration reform during a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nevada November 21, 2014. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

 

Obama Shrugs Off Criticism on Immigration from House Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don’t like it, do something.

Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House Speaker John Boehner‘s assertion that he was acting like an emperor in using executive powers to tackle the issue of the 11 million immigrants living in America without documents.

“Well, my response is pass a bill,” Obama said in the interview with ABC’s “This Week,” which was taped on Friday. “Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own.”

Obama announced on Thursday he was easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. His measures include allowing some 4.4 million people who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and who have been in the country for five years to remain in the country temporarily, with the right to work.

In the ABC interview, Obama, who has long said he preferred legislation to unilateral action, cited a bipartisan immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate last year and urged the House to take it up.

via Obama Shrugs Off Criticism on Immigration from House Republicans.

this pressed for your right to know: Judicial Watch Email Proves White House And DOJ Colluded With @CBS— Judicial Watch


this pressed for your right to know: Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One – NYTimes.com


Photo In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed the so-called “amnesty” law passed by Congress that granted legal status to three million undocumented immigrants, and then acted on his own the following year to expand it to about 100,000 more. Credit Ron Edmunds/Associated Press

Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One

Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISNOV. 20, 2014

President Obama’s action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits opens a new front in the decades-long debate over the scope of presidential authority.

Although Mr. Obama is not breaking new ground by using executive powers to carve out a quasi-legal status for certain categories of unauthorized immigrants — the Republican Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush all did so — his decision will affect as many as five million immigrants, far more than the actions of those presidents.

Mr. Obama’s action is also a far more extensive reshaping of the nation’s immigration system.

“The magnitude and the formality of it is arguably unprecedented,” said Peter J. Spiro, a Temple University law professor. “It’s fair to say that we have never seen anything quite like this before in terms of the scale.”

via Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One – NYTimes.com.

this preseed for your right to know: Your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action – The Washington Post


How many people actually would be covered by the order?

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That depends precisely on what actions Obama announces, but the Migration Policy Institute came out with new estimates Wednesday that suggests that about 4 million undocumented immigrants would be directly affected by the action. According to the group, there are 3.71 million undocumented immigrants who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

Then, 290,000 new people would join the 1.2 million young immigrants eligible for deferred deportation under the administration’s 2012 program. (Some reports suggest there could be an additional million people beyond that, but this is unclear.)

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Your complete guide to Obama’s immigration executive action – The Washington Post.

this pressed: Amid landmark process for building, a tenant dispute – SFGate


unimproved interior of Rube Goldberg's apartment, 194 Gough St. San Francisco.<br />
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via Amid landmark process for building, a tenant dispute – SFGate.

This pressed for your right to know: President Obama works on tomorrow night’s immigration speech w Cody Keenan and David Litt — petesouza (@petesouza)


This Pressed for your access to “transparency”: What’s in a ‘scoop’? The White House has a strategy for that. http://t.co/GUdQEtr0pR — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 29, 2014


this pressed for your right to know: Read the State Department’s memo on Ebola policies: http://t.co/7SN1xBx8v7 — Fox News Politics


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Former Obama spokesman floats flight ban to fight Ebola: The Truth 24.com (by: CBSNews)


Excepts: ” Carney said on CNN. “I think that would demonstrate a level of seriousness in response to this that is merited at this point.”

Administration officials insist that a travel ban could actually hurt efforts to fight the virus. The move would “slow down the ability of the United States and other international partners to actually get expertise and capabilities and equipment into the affected areas,” White House Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco said earlier this month.

Obama acknowledges Ebola missteps

Amid Ebola fears, should the U.S. ban air travel from West Africa?

Full coverage: Ebola virus outbreak

The idea of a travel ban is certain to come up at a congressional hearing on the U.S. response to Ebola Thursday afternoon. Seven of the panel’s 14 Republicans say it’s time for the administration to at least consider restricting the flow of people from West Africa to the U.S., and House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday afternoon that a temporary travel ban, “is something that the president should absolutely consider” in response to the crisis. (16/10/2014 19:20     by: CBSNews)

via Former Obama spokesman floats flight ban to fight Ebola.

this pressed: Netanyahu: US criticism of Israeli settlements ‘against the American values’. (via Reporte. US)


Netanyahu: US criticism of Israeli settlements ‘against the American values’..

this pressed: Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People? – ProPublica


Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People? – ProPublica.

this pressed: ProPublica: Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report


Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report.

(From ProPublica)

Central America Unaccompanied Child: Migration United Nations Report


Central America Unaccompanied Child Migration

today’s holiday…also: Black Music Month (today: DUKE ELLINGTON & His Orchestra Memories Of Duke)


Black Music Month

Black Music Month is observed in June each year in the United States. Created by music executives Kenny Gable and Ed Wright as a way to celebrate and promote black music, the special designation has been proclaimed each year since 1979 by the president. At the White House in Washington, D.C., a concert and reception is held each year that features various genres of African-American music, including R&B, jazz, blues, and hip hop. Throughout the country, public and private organizations host numerous educational programs and cultural festivals recognizing the achievements of black musicians. More… Discuss

01.Satin Doll 02.Black & Tan Fantasy 03.Creole Love Call 04.The Mooche 05.Happy Go Lucky Local 06.Mexican Suite 07.Don’t Mean A Thing 08.I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good 09.Thing’s Ain’t What They Used To Be 10.Mood Indigo 11.Take The A-Train 12.Sophistic 12.Sophisticated Lady 13.Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
DUKE ELLINGTON & His Orchestra
Memories Of Duke
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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON DIES OF PNEUMONIA (1841)


William Henry Harrison Dies of Pneumonia (1841)

When at age 68 Harrison became the 9th president of the US, he was the oldest man yet to step into that role. Despite his age, he paid little heed to the cold, wet weather on the day of his inauguration and proceeded to deliver the longest inaugural speech in US history—without hat or overcoat. Pneumonia claimed his life a month later, making him the first American president to die in office and making his presidency the briefest ever. According to legend, he was the first victim of what curse? More… Discuss

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SHOOTER OPENS FIRE OUTSIDE US CAPITOL


Shooter Opens Fire Outside US Capitol

The United States Capitol was briefly locked down and Congress members inside instructed to shelter in place yesterday when shots were fired outside the building. It appears that a female driver struck security barricades near the White House, possibly in an attempt to ram through them, then fled the scene, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended with gunfire outside the Capitol. A number of people were hurt, including at least one law enforcement officer injured in a crash during the chase. The suspect was shot and possibly killed by police. A 1-year-old child in the car was reportedly unharmed. More…Discuss

 

ABC NEWS: The NSA Phone Program the White House Didn’t Want Revealed


ABC NEWS: The NSA Phone Program the White House Didn't Want Revealed

ABC NEWS: The NSA Phone Program the White House Didn’t Want Revealed