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US And Its 11 Million People Problem

The United States is on the threshold of comprehensive immigration reform. Between the president and the coalition in the Senate, it looks likely it will pass, which means that within a few years we shall have 11 million new Americans with full voting rights. What will their emergence from the shadows do to our economy? And, perhaps more importantly, what will it do to our politics? Who stands to gain from this enormous influx of new blood into our democratic system?

Read Here – Reuters

The truth about Mahatma Gandhi: he was a wily operator, not India’s smiling saint

Gandhi has become, in India and around the globe, a simplified version of what he was: a smiling saint who wore a white loincloth and John Lennon spectacles, who ate little and succeeded in bringing down the greatest empire the world has ever known through non-violent civil disobedience. President Obama, who kept a portrait of Gandhi hanging on the wall of his Senate office, likes to cite him.

Read Here – The Telegraph, London

Senator John Kerry Appeared Before The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Which He Still Chairs, To Discuss The Foreign Policy He Would Promote As The Next Secretary Of State.

Sen. John Kerry used his confirmation hearing Thursday to paint an expansive picture of the foreign policy he would promote as the next secretary of State – saying economic development, climate change, and human rights must be as much a part of America’s role in the world as “drones and deployment.”

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he still chairs, Senator Kerry (D) ofMassachusetts said, “This really is a time for American leadership.” But, he warned, the US would be unable to continue its “essential” role in the world if it does not first “put its own [fiscal] house in order.”

“We can’t be strong in the world unless we are strong at home,” he said.

Read Here – The Christian Science Monitor

The Fiscal Cliff: Bipolar Disorder – The Economist

THE denouement of the fiscal-cliff drama, unsurprisingly, ended up with a vote that split Republicans in the House. John Boehner, Paul Ryan and 83 other GOP representatives joined 172 Democrats in voting to pass the compromise bill crafted in the Senate that will raise taxes on income over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples. Just over 150 GOP representatives, including Eric Cantor, the majority leader, and Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, voted against. The most interesting vote was probably that of Mr Cantor. As Dave Weigelwrites, Mr Cantor’s spokesman tweeted at 5pm: “Majority Leader Cantor stands with @SpeakerBoehner. Speculation otherwise is silly, non-productive and untrue.”

Read Here – The Economist

Joe Biden: The Most Influential U.S. Vice President in History?

Barack Obama just can’t get enough out of Joe Biden these days. And anybody who’s been following Biden’s steady ascent in stature over the last several years — from gaffe-happy presidential contender to one of the most powerful vice presidents in U.S. history — couldn’t be less surprised.

Perhaps the only surprise at all is that, in contrast to a year ago, it took Biden quite this long to become the president’s point man on the latest round of fiscal talks. The exact reason for the delay is not clear. Perhaps it is that, only a week and a half ago, Obama had called on his vice president to lead a commission to expedite recommendations on a truly serious national issue, gun violence (as opposed to the present trumped-up issue, fiscal reform, which requires only the smidgeon of political courage necessary to depart from ideological rigidities). Maybe Obama wanted to keep his veep’s powder dry for that.

Read Here – The Atlantic

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