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Friday, November 21, 2014

Two presidents have acted unilaterally on immigration -- and both were Republican. Ronald Reagan and his successor George H.W. Bush extended amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986. Neither faced the political uproar widely anticipated if and when President Barack Obama uses his executive authority to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. read more


Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 deaths every year. But the vast majority of such excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. read more


Thursday, November 20, 2014

The musician Billy Joel has received the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, honoring his life's work in songwriting. The prize, created by the Library of Congress in 2007, is named after songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. Joel, 65, was honored at a Washington, D.C., gala that included remarks by fellow New Yorker Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. "For more than five decades, Billy Joel has inspired new generations of performers, musicians and singer-songwriters," she said. read more


Failing fast food giant Burger King announced today a new late-night menu targeted directly at stoners and drunks. Burger King's decision is, of course, purely profit driven, which come as no surprise. The company's honesty on the subject is what has industry insiders scratching their heads. read more


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

As a federal judge prepares to rule on Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, a group known as the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign is trying to cement Christianity as the state's official religion in its Constitution. They are proposing a Constitutional amendment that they hope will be on the 2016 ballot. The Tea Party-driven initiative also would establish English as the official language of the state, bring back Colonel Reb as the University of Mississippi mascot, make "Dixie" the state song and fly the Confederate Battle Flag at the state capitol. read more


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