On Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico.
The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico's border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor's Card, according to El Universal.
Officially, the program will grant the cards to only illegal aliens from Guatemala and Belize, allowing them to remain in Mexico's southern states for 72 hours (enough time to reach the U.S./Mexican border by train). read more
A new poll from Gallup shows 72 percent of American Muslims rate Obama favorably. That's his best rating among religious groups -- by far.
At the other end of the spectrum are Mormons, just 18 percent of whom approve of Obama.
It's no surprise that Mormons disapprove of Obama, given how heavily conservative they are.
The numbers for Muslim Americans shouldn't be surprising either, as they are heavily Democratic. Numbers from the Pew Research Center show 63 percent of Muslims are Democrats or lean Democratic, compared to just 11 percent who lean the other way.
Society of Professional Journalists: Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration -- politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. We call on you to take a stand to stop the spin and let the sunshine in. Over the past two decades, public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees. This trend has been especially pronounced in the federal government. We consider these restrictions a form of censorship -- an attempt to control what the public is allowed to see and hear. read more
Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, the Democratic businessman-turned-politician who became the face of the city after Hurricane Katrina, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for fraud, bribery and related charges. Prosecutors immediately objected to the sentence, which falls well below guidelines that called for 15-20 years. Nagin, 58, was ordered to report to federal prison Sept. 8 and to pay restitution of $82,000. "What Ray Nagin did was sell his office over and over and over again," Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman said. "The damage that Ray Nagin inflicted upon this community ... is incalculable.
Hackers may have breached the Office of Personnel Management's network, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed Thursday.
The New York Times first reported Wednesday night that Chinese hackers penetrated the databases of the federal government's personnel office, which contains files on all federal employees, including thousands who have applied for top-secret clearances.
The Times also quoted an "unnamed senior American official" saying the attack had been traced to China, though not necessarily to the government of China.