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 DOJ asks appeals court to lift order blocking immigration DOJ asks appeals court to lift order blocking immigration programs
The Obama administration asked a federal appeals court on Thursday, March 12 to lift an "unprecedented and wrong" order by a federal judge that halted the president's latest executive actions on immigration. President Barack Obama's new relief program for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and his recent expansion of an existing program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children have both been on hold for nearly a month, ever since U.S. District Judge Andr....

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 Hired! Unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent
Hired! Unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent
Neither rain nor snow nor a West Coast ports slowdown could keep the economy from growing jobs at an impressive rate in February. Last Friday, the Labor Department said that the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent its lowest level since May 2008, and the economy added 295,000 jobs in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the decline in the rate occurred mainly because some people out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as une....

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 Target turns to Hispanic shoppers for salvation

   Target turns to Hispanic shoppers for salvation
Target executives are betting on young Hispanic adults to help shore up the company's future. The focus on this growing demographic comes as Target pursues a broad turnaround plan after a massive credit card hack breached consumers' trust. Luring more Hispanic shoppers could be profitable for Target. The group accounted for more than 60 percent of U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2015, during which time its purchasing power grew 207 percent, according to market research firm IRIWorl....

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 Deferred Action beneficial to Social Security
Deferred Action beneficial to Social Security
The Senate Homeland Security committee held, early this month, its first hearing about President Obama’s immigration executive actions. The hearing and the witnesses testifying focused on the “implications and unanswered questions” about the deportation relief offered to some undocumented immigrants included in the president’s actions. First, the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary, Stephen C. Goss, provided testimony estimating the impact of President actions on the U.S. econo....

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  Senator Marco Rubio moving toward Presidential bid in 2016
 Senator Marco Rubio moving toward Presidential bid in 2016
The line on speculation that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will run for a presidential candidacy in 2016 is very likely. Even though he has not officially declared a campaign run, Rubio has started to put all the gears in motion like a possible GOP candidate. The Florida Senator of Cuban descent, has taken the first steps towards the candidacy by hiring Anna Rogers as his campaign finance director and by executing a mock campaign run through key states for early voting. Rogers, who is the curre....

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 USCIS to begin accepting expanded DACA applications  
USCIS to begin accepting expanded DACA applications
As of February 18, 2015, millions of young undocumented not previously qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) may submit applications for the program, if eligible. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expand DACA and employment authorization to three years. The revised guidelines for this program were established as part of President Obama’s latest announcements on immigration. Individuals with no lawful immigration status may request DACA for the fi....

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 AT&T introduces unlimited calling to Mexico  AT&T introduces unlimited calling to Mexico
For domestic calls, we take it for granted that long-distance calling used to be a pricey proposition. But if you are someone who makes a lot of international calls, you may still be wrangling with prepaid phone cards to avoid paying big bills. Good news! Since January 20, AT&T customers can make unlimited calls to any number in Mexico, including mobile numbers, as long as they have or add the World Connect Value package to their postpaid plan. The international calling package was e....

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  Obama sets an ambitious agenda for 2015  
Obama sets an ambitious agenda for 2015
Delivering his sixth State of the Union address, Barak Obama a democrat seating president, stood up in the House of Representatives and stared at the members of two chambers which are now both controlled by Republicans. The loose and combative Obama who Americans saw in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, said he had delivered on what voters first elected him to do: conquering a "vicious" economic crisis and ending ground wars in the Middle East. The president declared job done.....

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First Lady invites DREAMer, Hispanics to State of the Union
Ever since President Ronald Reagan began to acknowledge special guests with compelling stories during his State of the Union, every president continued the tradition. This year 22 guests were invited by the White House to attend Tuesday night’s speech. The special group included three Hispanics, as identified by the White House in a statement: Ana Zamora, Dallas, TX. She is a DREAMer that wrote to the President in September, “As with any other dreamer, my parents came to this country with ....
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ObamaCare targeted to enroll more Hispanics
ObamaCare advocates are intensifying their efforts to bring Hispanics into the health insurance exchanges before the sign-up deadline on February 15. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Enroll America and other national groups are focused on reaching Spanish speakers with more than 600 local enrollment events scheduled in the next four weeks. The movement to increase ObamaCare enrollment is also reaching out to Hispanics with advertisements and in cyberspace. Enrolling ....
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America’s resurgence at economy, housing and college
The last week, President Obama discussed the economic gains make in 2014, which was the strongest year for job growth. The President showcase that he has worked to help every American get ahead in this new year, like plans he announced last week to make community college free for two years, make mortgages more affordable and accessible for creditworthy families, and support manufacturing. “America’s resurgence is real. And now that we have got some calm waters, if we all do our part, if....
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Comet Lovejoy will be visible during January!
Although spectacular comets have been rare recently, a steady stream of more modest ones has kept our observing juices flowing. Case in point is Comet Lovejoy, which raced north in late December and that is nicely placed for evening viewing now in January. The comet should glow at 4th magnitude this month and could be viewed using binoculars or a small telescope. Lovejoy is bolting out from under Lepus the Hare constellation in early January and will arrive near the foot of Andromeda the....
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Reasons why the Latino Pope has made a difference
Ever since Pope Francis started his papacy in 2013 he has proved to be very different than his predecessors. The first Latino and first Jesuit pope has won over the world with his tendency to stray from tradition, his focus on humility and service and, most recently, his direct approach to calling out The Curia, the administrative body of the Roman Catholic Church, for their lack of introspection and committing "terrorism of gossip," among other ailments. In less than two years the Arge....
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NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos saw streets as his ministry
On December 20, 2014, Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, 28, killed two police offices in the line of duty of New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers in the line of duty at the Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, ostensibly as revenge for the death of Eric Garner and the shooting of Michael Brown. Brinsley then fled into the New York City Subway, where, according to police, he committed suicide. The shooting occurred just weeks after a grand jury deci....
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Pope Francis played key role in US-Cuba accord
A personal appeal by Pope Francis played a key role in finalizing a deal to open relations between the United States and Cuba for the first time in 53 years. Pope Francis raised the issue with Obama when the U.S. president visited the Vatican in March. And in early summer, the pontiff sent separate letters to Obama and Castro urging them to end their decades-long freeze. The letter invited the leaders to "resolve humanitarian questions of common interest, including the situation of certain....
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