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Immigration?…..does it have any chance in Democratic Senate without 60 votes?

In a conference call with reporters this week, representatives of a range of religious groups were joined by two members of Congress to unveil a month-long campaign that will begin by delivering thousands of postcards to Capitol Hill offices, continue with some 100 events across the country during the President’s Day recess and into early March, and culminate with a large immigration reform rally in Washington on Sunday, March 21.

The goal is to use both moral suasion and practical arguments — that immigrants bring value to the American economy and are not competition for scarce jobs — to change a legislative dynamic that seems even more daunting than in 2007, when a promising bill co-sponsored by John McCain and Ted Kennedy and supported by President Bush died in the Senate in the face of Republican opposition. 

Now Kennedy is dead, McCain is tacking right to save his political life, and the economy has tanked while Tea Party rage is on the rise. So what makes faith leaders think they can move the mountain now? They are taking a two-pronged approach: to change hearts and minds by framing the debate as a “moral imperative,” and to deploy some old-fashioned political organizing and lobbying. 

“What’s different about this campaign is that we are really reaching out to voters and to non-immigrant communities and forming coalitions on the ground with people who are not our traditional allies,” said Father Jon Pedigo, pastor of a Catholic parish in San Jose, California. “We feel that through very targeted local work we will be able to go about this” — campaigning for immigration reform — “in a much more determined way.” 

“We should not be wasting time with friends who don’t need to be converted,” echoed Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat who represents California’s Silicon Valley. 

The interfaith coalition, which represents mainline and evangelical Protestants, Jewish groups, and the Catholic hierarchy, knows it has an uphill battle. For religious leaders, the Judeo-Christian ethic, as based in scripture, is clear: welcome the stranger, strengthen families, care for the needy, do justice to one’s neighbor. And in legislative terms, that means supporting immigration reform that allows both legal and undocumented people a path to citizenship, that focuses on keeping immigrant families united, and that brings security and consistency to border enforcement. 

But polls consistently show immigration reform is a relatively low priority for most Americans, and according to a survey from the Pew Hispanic Center last year, just 31 percent of Latinos said it was an “extremely important” issue for President Obama to resolve.

Jobs, education and, yes, health care reform, are higher priorities, and immigrants — especially the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States — are increasingly seen as threats to the economic well-being of native-born Americans, even while the number of illegal immigrants has fallen significantly in the last year.

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The Dog is not sure that Immigration is going to get to the table this spring…..With the pipeline clogged as is with Healthcare, Jobs and the Economy…ther isn’t much room for Immigration…also the fact that the Republicans will surely put up a fight on the issue means that President Obama will not have the stomach to push the issue…..Like Healthcare…this issue needs to be addressed…but will in all likelihood be put on the shelf……..Like it or not the GOP now is a factor…..

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February 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 11 Comments

The Federal Government gets a ' Snow Day ' on Tuesday……

Make that the ones working in D.C……….

Forget Snowmageddon, let’s call it Wintergeddon

More than 12″ possible in places; gusty winds

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Winter Storm Warning Tues.-Wed. for most of metro area (map) *
Making history?Today’s Q&ASnowmageddon’s incredible output *
Watch out for ice damsMeasuring Snowmageddon’s depth *
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CWG team snowfall forecast for Tues.-Wed. Confidence: Medium.

Enjoy your Day off!…We’re going get Wednesday off up here in New York!………

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Health, Home, Law, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | Leave a comment

The Federal Government gets a ‘ Snow Day ‘ on Tuesday……

Make that the ones working in D.C……….

Forget Snowmageddon, let’s call it Wintergeddon

More than 12″ possible in places; gusty winds

New storm polls: Tell us how much and name itE-mail forecast *
Winter Storm Warning Tues.-Wed. for most of metro area (map) *
Making history?Today’s Q&ASnowmageddon’s incredible output *
Watch out for ice damsMeasuring Snowmageddon’s depth *
* Power outage maps for Dominion ElectricPepcoBG&E *
* Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall *
* News, traffic & storm coverage: Local home pageGet There


CWG team snowfall forecast for Tues.-Wed. Confidence: Medium.

Enjoy your Day off!…We’re going get Wednesday off up here in New York!………

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Health, Home, Law, Media, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , | Leave a comment

Washington D.C. expecting a Major Snow Storm…….

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 02/ 4/2010

Snowmageddon: Snowstorm likely to be historic

Crippling accumulations over 1 to 2 feet may be common

It is hard to believe that we’re about to see another storm like we saw in December — usually a once in several year occurrence. But it’s real and it’s becoming increasingly likely that a historic event is in the cards. If you have any doubts,check out this afternoon’s satellite shot showing amazing moisture feeds into what is already a gigantic system. The time is now to make final preparations as we are less than 24 hours out from the start.

ACCUMULATION MAP AND TIMELINE

9 AM to 1 PM FRIDAY
Snow develops SW to NE. Possible mix with rain/sleet. Temps 33-37.
1 PM to 7 PM FRIDAY
Snow, becoming heavy late. Some mix S&E. Temps 30-34.
7 PM to 1 AM SATURDAY
Snow, possibly heavy. Some mix S&E. Temps 28-32.
1 AM to 7 AM SATURDAY
Snow, becoming breezy. Temps 26-30.
7 AM to 1 PM SATURDAY
Snow, decreasing some in coverage/intensity. Breezy. Temps 27-31.
1 PM to 7 PM SATURDAY
Snow tapering to flurries. Breezy. Temps 27-31.

Forecast Confidence: High

IMPACT FORECASTS FOR FRIDAY

Updated at 4:35 p.m.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Through tonight: The calm before the monster storm continues as skies trend cloudier. Lows in the mid-to-upper 20s.

Tomorrow (Friday): We won’t warm much with clouds and precipitation inbound. Look for highs in the mid 30s, falling back to and below freezing as snow gets underway by the late morning or early afternoon. By evening, snow should be falling at a moderate pace with at least 3-5″ of accumulation common across the area and rates increasing into the night.

Dangerous weather: This will be a high-impact storm any way you cut it. Heavy wet snow will create difficult digging out conditions and may lead to numerous power outages. To minimize the risk of injury during digging, it is best to clear snow often. Wind and near-blizzard (or even blizzard) conditions may occur overnight Friday and into Saturday, Blizzard Warnings are already up to our east and we did have them issued in December. Be prepared to be stuck where you are for at least 24-48 hours, if not longer as suggested through a message delivered by the state of Virginia. And if all else fails, check out this “Snopocalypse D.C.” web site for further instructions.

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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/ 4/2010

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Snow clings to trees in Fairfax, Va. yesterday morning. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

A major, high-impact winter storm is very likely to strike the metro region with heavy snow Friday and Saturday. This storm has the potential to be as strong as the “Snowpocalypse” storm of Dec. 19-20 earlier in the season. The one difference is that the atmosphere will be modestly warmer this time around, allowing for the possibility that snow will mix with sleet, primarily along and

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Home, Media, Other Things, Updates, Weather | , , | Leave a comment