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Barack Obama on DACA

Barack Obama shares his thoughts on today's decision by the Trump White House. He calls Trump’s decision ‘wrong,’ ‘self-defeating’ and ‘cruel’. I would add the word cowardly.

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Barack Obama

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Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules. But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.

Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill. That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up.

Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result. But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak? Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question.

Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages. It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today.

And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel. Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.

What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.
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Why Don't People Return Shopping Carts?

One of my pet peeves. I ALWAYS return my shopping cart.

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Why Don't People Return Their Shopping Carts?

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Pulling up to a parking spot and finding a shopping cart there can be pretty frustrating. Why do people ignore the receptacle?

Credit: Daniel Blume Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Special Seat Startles Mexico Subway Riders

They should try this on every bus and train in the U.S.

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NPR

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Mexico City's "penis seat" aims to raise awareness about sexual harassment, providing a dose of shock and shame that will change men's behavior toward female transit customers.

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Heroin Hellscape

Ignored for more than 2 tragic decades, just four miles from Center City Philadelphia is a hidden-in-plain-sight wasteland along railroad tracks where the most desperate of Philadelphia's addicts have handed over their lives to heroin.

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In Philadelphia, just four miles from where America declared its independence, is a hidden-in-plain-sight wasteland along railroad tracks where the most desperate of Philadelphia's addicts have handed over their lives and liberty to heroin.
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Donate to Planned Parenthood

Decided to put my $$ where my mouth is. I sent a donation to Planned Parenthood. I encourage you to do the same:

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Donate to Planned Parenthood

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We all deserve the right to make our own health care choices. That's why I just joined Planned Parenthood in the fight to make sure everyone can access the care they need, no matter where they live, no matter what. Stand with us.
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The Benefits of Bilingualism

Of course (Por supuesto)

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

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Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.

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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

Very insightful article. Worth a read.

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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

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Inside a stunned White House, the President considers his legacy and America’s future.
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Defining Racism

Well said.

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What is Racism?

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Racism DESTROYED in one minute. The woman in the video is anti-racism educator Jane Elliot.




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Inside 9/11

15 years later the memories are still so tragically vivid.

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Inside 9/11: The day that never ends

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Video — raw, chaotic and nearly inconceivable — offers a rare look into a day that continues to haunt the nation 15 years later.
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Should I Hit ‘Reply All’?

So obvious, but people are sheep.

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When I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit ‘Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?

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I did not ask to be put on this list.
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Why GOP Won’t Renounce Trump

Precisely

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Why Republicans Won’t Renounce Trump

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Far too many in the G.O.P. share his racism, even if they’re not as open about it.
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91% Democratic

That's about right.

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According to this quiz I am 91% Democratic. Which political party do you side with?

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Your beliefs on Science, Healthcare, the Environment, Social, and Domestic Policy side you mostly with Democrats. You are most concerned about Medicaid, Global Warming, Military Spending, Gun Control, and SCOTUS.
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Atlantic City Gambles on Rising Seas

Atlantic City is sinking. Casinos will be fine, but floods in the city are becoming a routine, exacerbating inequality by dividing the population between those who can leave, and the ones who are forced to stay.

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Atlantic City Gambles on Rising Seas

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This city’s famous casinos are on high ground, while its poor are in the floodwaters’ path. The people still there "haven’t figured out a way to leave yet," one lifelong resident says.
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Shake and Fold

For those of you that actually wash your hands. It's "Shake!" followed by "Fold!"

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How to use a paper towel by Joe Smith

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Quest to Build the Perfect Team

"In a 2015 study, executives said that profitability increases when workers are persuaded to collaborate more."

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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

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New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.
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