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Obama Calls For Gay Rights Support!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

President Barack Obama is calling for the United Nations human rights body to combat discriminations against gays and lesbians.

The President is pushing for “nations to end any criminal punishments against lesbians, gays and bisexuals,” and he’s asking “the global body to review how governments treat them in the UN’s human rights assessments. ”

Currently, this declaration by the U.S. has support from over 80 countries.

Deputy assistant for international organizations Suzanne Nossel said on the subject:

“We are very concerned that individuals continue to be killed, arrested and harassed around the world because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This statement sends a strong message from across the globe that such abuses should not be tolerated.”

Not before time.

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Julianne Moore tipped to Play Sarah Palin in New HBO Film

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Actress Julianne Moore is tipped to play Sarah Palin in HBO’s film about the 2008 presidential election.

This might just be the role that gets her that long awaited Oscar.

Moore has been nominated 4-times for the award and has never won.

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Has Barack Obama dyed his hair black to hide his greying locks?

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

This visit by the Chinese leaded is being seen as the most important visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years.  It is little wonder therefore that President Obama under the world’s gaze wants to make a good impression. So much so that it would appear that the President has dyed his greying hair jet-black.

The four-day visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao is of particular importance for Obama.  The West if only just coming to terms with the Far Eastern country’s growing influence on the world arena. By 2020 it is expected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy.

China is pressing the U.S. on a number of military fronts.  This is raising concerns within the States and abroad thereby increasing the pressure on Obama and the White House.

The good news for Obama today was that it emerged his approval rating has surged to 53%.

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    Barack Obama Celebrates his 49th Birthday: Happy Birthday Mr. President!

    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

    As President Barack Obama heads home to Chicago to celebrate his 49th birthday on Wednesday The First Lady, Michelle Obama will be in Spain with their youngest daughter, Sasha. Their other daughter, Malia, is away at camp.

    Obama’s birthday plans include having dinner with friends and spending the night in his own house in Hyde Park.  

    When asked if it was a source of  family tension that the president was celebrating his birthday without them Gibbs was cautious.

    “They’ll all be back together soon,” the press secretary said diplomatically.

    Obama hasn’t shied away from talking about his birthday.  He noted for example that his hair is getting more gray and his metabolism is slowing down. Gibbs says that while there’s no doubt that the presidency comes with enormous physical and mental strain, Obama “greatly enjoys” the job.

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    Measure Obama called ‘misguided’ has raised concern of civil rights backers

    Friday, April 23rd, 2010

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a new state immigration bill that President Barack Obama called “misguided” hours earlier.

    Brewer, saying that the state had been “more than patient waiting for Washington to act” on the issue of illegal immigration, said that the bill would protect Arizona citizens without violating individuals’ constitutional rights.

    The sweeping legislation makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It also requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.

    At a press conference to announce her decision to sign the bill, the Arizona governor countered the claim of opponents who have said that the law essentially legalizes racial profiling.

    “I will not tolerate racial discrimination or racial profiling in Arizona,” Brewer said.

    Obama warned earlier Friday that the law “threaten[s] to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

    He said he’s instructed the Justice Department to examine he Arizona bill to see if it’s legal, and said the federal government must enact immigration reform at the national level — or leave the door open to “irresponsibility by others.”

    Party pressure
    Brewer was under intense pressure from anti-illegal immigration groups and lawmakers in her own party to sign the bill.

    The bill’s Republican sponsor, state Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa, said Obama and other critics of the bill were “against law enforcement, our citizens and the rule of law.”

    Pearce said the legislation would remove “political handcuffs” from police and help drive illegal immigrants from the state.

    “Illegal is illegal,” said Pearce, a driving force on the issue in Arizona. “We’ll have less crime. We’ll have lower taxes. We’ll have safer neighborhoods. We’ll have shorter lines in the emergency rooms. We’ll have smaller classrooms.”

    Hundreds of Hispanics protested the legislation at the State Capitol complex on Thursday.

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    U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat who opposes the measure, said he’s closing his Arizona offices at noon Friday after his staff in Yuma and Tucson were flooded with calls this week, some from people threatening violent acts and shouting racial slurs.

    Arizona has an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants and is the state with the most illegal border crossings, with the harsh, remote desert serving as the gateway for thousands of Mexicans and Central Americans.

    Other provisions of the bill allow lawsuits against government agencies that hinder enforcement of immigration laws, and make it illegal to hire illegal immigrants for day labor or knowingly transport them.

    The bill takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends.

    Brewer faces a contested Aug. 24 Republican primary election, and one of her opponents, State Treasurer Dean Martin, had called on her to sign the legislation.

    Also, the March 27 shooting death of rancher Bob Krentz on his property in southeastern Arizona brought illegal immigration and border security into greater focus in the state. Authorities believe Krentz was killed by an illegal border crosser.

    Since the shooting, Brewer and other officeholders and candidates have toured the state’s border with Mexico. On Thursday, she ordered a reallocation of state National Guard and law enforcement resources and called on the federal government to deploy National Guard troops.

    Past measures
    Arizona has previously passed a variety of get-tough measures dealing with illegal immigration.

    Brewer’s predecessor, Janet Napolitano, a Democrat who is now President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security secretary, vetoed proposals similar to the bill just approved by the Legislature.

    But she signed a 2007 law that imposes sanctions against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. Other state laws make human smuggling a state crime and restrict illegal immigrants’ eligibility for public services.

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    The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund said the bill before Brewer is unconstitutional because regulation of immigration is a federal responsibility.

    Others who urged Brewer to veto the bill included Catholic bishops, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for governor. Mexico’s embassy also has voiced concerns about racial profiling.

    A Phoenix Law Enforcement Association representative acknowledged that racial profiling can occur but said fears associated with the bill are unfounded.

    “We’re not targeting any particular group,” said Levi Bolton, a retired police detective. “Cops are not here to do these things to you.”

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