President Obama has threatened to veto a bill that would strengthen screening for Syrian refugees entering the country. The White House released a statement defending the current screening process and criticizing the new bill for its potential to cause "significant delays and obstacles" for the current vetting process, saying: "Given the lives at stake and the critical importance to our partners in the Middle East and Europe of American leadership in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis ... [Obama] would veto the bill."
The bill, which sets high standards for admission, requires the FBI director to certify a background check for each refugee and sign-offs by top security officials that certify the refugee is not a threat. Republican House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul called for a "pause" in refugee admittance, but President Obama seems to have no intention of doing so. He tweeted Wednesday: "Slamming the door in the face of refugees would betray our deepest values. That's not who we are. And it's not what we're going to do." House Speaker Paul Ryan stressed that though the new screening process would be rigorous, the refugees would not be subjected to religious tests. The chamber will vote on the bill later this week. Discuss
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Those were the words of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who, despite all of his success, also knew that talking about politics can be more difficult than being a politician.
If there’s one way to turn a friendly conversation into an embarrassingly loud yelling match, a casual get-together into a fight scene worthy of a reality show, a good friend into a mortal enemy, or a Twitter follower into someone on your blocked list, it’s by talking about politics. Read More
We already know Kanye West is running for president in 2020, obviously. Well, in an interview with Vanity Fair, future candidate Ye expressed some kind words for current presidential candidate Ben Carson, calling him "the most brilliant guy." And yesterday, Carson told ABC's "This Week" he thinks the two could work together for the betterment of society. The Republican said:
Well, I did have an opportunity to talk with him. I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business. And, you know, I talked to him about the possibility of him and maybe himself and some of the other people in the pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting, that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society.