The efforts to avert the fiscal cliff started slowly but took on urgency over the past 72 hours. All signs point to a broad outline of a deal being reached, but it remains unclear whether both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will be able to vote on it before the night is over.
1.4 million legal immigrants applied for US citizenship last year, and the vast majority were Latinos; spurred by frustration over immigration reform, many legal residents decided to become citizens and cast their vote
Republican and Democrat senators introduced a bipartisan plan on Monday for immigration reform. The legislation, they say, will create a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, sanction employers who hire undocumented workers and increase border security.
When Senator John Kerry was named U.S. secretary of state, it opened a vacancy in the Senate. Now, with a special election approaching, campaigning is ramping up. The Republicans, seeing how vulnerable they were among Latinos last November, have chosen a candidate who could be straight out of central casting.
John McCain made his first visit to Israel today as the presumptive republican presidential candidate; McCain visited the southern Israeli town of Sderot, which has been the target of Palestinian rockets fired from across the border in Gaza