Sunday, November 23, 2014



 President Barack Obama speaks about immigration at Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The president unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation, setting off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers.

Flake's counterintuitive view is that Obama's unilateral action Thursday will increase pressure on the president to accept conservative immigration bills.

Posted on Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
 Bob Schrameyer makes posters for an April 2009 Elkhart County

Believers claim that 2014 will be the warmest year globally in history. “Nonsense,” deniers claim.

Posted on Nov. 22, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.
 Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State, speaks during her keynote remarks at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves  summit, Friday Nov. 21, 2014 in New York.

The real problem with Clinton is that in all likelihood she will remain vigorous enough to assure eight years of military crusading, budget expansion, economic meddling and irritating moralism.

Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.
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 U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. The United States and China pledged to take ambitious action to limit greenhouse gases, aiming to inject fresh momentum into the global fight against climate change ahead of high-stakes climate negotiations next year.
Posted on Nov. 21, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

China alone is firing up a new coal plant every eight to 10 days. We could close every coal mine in Kentucky and West Virginia and achieve absolutely nothing except devastating Appalachia and, in effect, shipping its economic lifeblood to China.

 Entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby at a Veterans Day ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 5:18 p.m.

Cosby's approach of "silent until proven guilty" may not carry the day in terms of protecting his reputation and preserving his career.

 In this undated photo provided by the Kassig Family, Peter Kassig is shown  with a truck loaded with supplies. The Islamic State released a video Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in which a black-clad militant claimed to have beheaded U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, who was providing medical aid to Syrians fleeing the civil war when he was captured inside Syria on Oct. 1, 2013. His friends say he converted to Islam in captivity and took the first name Abdul-Rahman.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 4:54 p.m.

Peter Kassig and Jeff Ake should be remembered, celebrated for the incredible depth of their humanity and compassion, and their causes should be supported.

 Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. greets immigration demonstrators in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, during a rally to urge President Barack Obama to move forward on executive action on immigration.
Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.

Obama has now officially abandoned the harder path — not because the issues surrounding immigration will never be resolved (a case no one has adequately made) but because he wants to be the president to resolve them.

Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.

In this time of Thanksgiving, I am quite grateful for perspective. The lesson seems more difficult for some of us than others. Some even appear to come by it naturally. Still, it can be a very valuable coping skill.

 Pope Francis prays during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 5:35 p.m.

Though he's unyielding in his definition of family, Pope Francis is open to finding ways to include more people in the church who may fall outside of that definition.

 This undated photo provided by Kassig Family shows Peter Kassig standing in front of a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees. Peter Kassig was captured Oct. 1, 2013, while delivering aid in Syria through a relief organization he founded. The White House confirmed Peter Kassig's death Sunday, Nov. 16 after the Islamic State group released a video showing that Kassig had been beheaded.
Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 5:14 p.m.

Peter Kassig returned to the Middle East because he felt a call.

 Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
Posted on Nov. 18, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.

While popes may or may not be infallible, this one is marvelously wise and human.

 Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy Committee, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.,  a member of the committee, speak to reporters at the Capitol in Washington Nov. 12, 2014, about the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline.
Posted on Nov. 18, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Many liberals will now say — as Republicans did after the 2006 and 2008 defeats — that the way back to the majority is to be pugnaciously pure.

 Nanci Wirt is owner and operator of n. wirt design & gallery in Elkhart.
Posted on Nov. 17, 2014 at 4:32 p.m.

Columnist Catherine Wells Bentz is pleased with what Nanci Wirt is doing downtown.

 In this July 16 photo, Crystal Martinez, 18 (second from left), and Reina Baltazar, 17 (second from right), look at each others papers during their English class at an Upward Bound program in New York. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Upward Bound, which was founded as an experimental program in 1964 as part of Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty with a goal of helping students from low-income families get a college education.

Posted on Nov. 17, 2014 at 3:10 p.m.
 In this photo taken Nov. 12, 2014, Lydia Holland replaces the gas nozzle after filling up at a gas station in Sacramento, Calif. The United States and China can look to California as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming, since the state has imposed some of the world’s toughest air quality standards as it moves to lower emissions. The state has opted to impose extra costs on businesses that emit pollutants, with projections that a spike in fuel prices will hit consumers next year as fuels including gasoline are included under California’s cap-and-trade program.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Posted on Nov. 17, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.
 In this Dec. 26, 2013, photo, Amanda Deardorff, left, a health enrollment navigator with Open Door Health Solutions, helps Valerie Kazer through the process of signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in Muncie, Ind., Enrollment has begun for Indiana residents seeking health insurance through the federal health exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

Posted on Nov. 16, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.
 Honorees Salma Hayek Pinault, right, and Gloria Steinem pose together at Equality Now's

Posted on Nov. 16, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.
 In this Aug. 17, 2014, photo, Michael Brown's mother,  Lesley McSpadden, wears a don't shoot button during a rally at Greater Grace Church for her son who was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo. With a grand jury announcement in the Ferguson case drawing near, many churches plan to offer prayer, shelter, food and a sanctuary for protesters, residents, students and others affected by potential unrest.

Posted on Nov. 16, 2014 at 6:41 p.m.
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