Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Washington Perspective: How Obama saw the Trump nightmare coming

*Bill Valdez says Obama called the Trump phenomena in ’08: “So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” VL By Bill Valdez, NewsTaco “Calamity.”  “Nightmare.” “Disaster.” No,

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Obama to call for Voting Rights Act restoration on law’s anniversary

*There’s momentum in the President’s planned call for restoration of the VRA. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and yesterday’s voter ID victory in Texas put voting rights in the moment’s spotlight. It’s good...

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Obama’s Immigration Gambit

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco He played it well. You may not like the outcome, you may think President Obama took too long to make a move on immigration, that his record of deportations is despicable, or you...

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Latino Influence & the Politics of Immigration in the 2014 U.S. Senate Elections

*Good piece, as always, from Latino Decisions. It’s a good read if you’re into political minutiae – x’s and o’s. Cutting to the chase, Damore says Latinos didn’t have a significant impact on the 2014 midterm election...

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The first Latino president?

*This article produced a minor cyber-quake this morning. So much was revealed about President Obama’s politics and how Latinos view him, and also about the parallel cyber universe. Obama’s Labor Secretary, Tom Perez, mentioned that he thought...

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Obama on Immigration: A first step six years in the making

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco It’s an announcement six years in the making, a slow cook by modern political timing. What President Obama will say tonight regarding immigration is no mystery. Neither is it a mystery what his...

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Could immigration cause another government shutdown?

*On to the big picture. President Obama has signaled that he’ll make his immigration executive order move this week. What we don’t know is what that executive order will contain, although there’s speculation that it’ll most likely...

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Dems urge Obama to meet undocumented immigrants

*The idea is to get the President to meet, face-to-face, with undocumented workers and promise them that he’ll act on immigration. VL By Seung Min Kim, Politico Four House Democrats are circulating a letter that urges President...

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Obama Broke His Promise to Latinos

By Carmen Velasquez, NewsTaco When Barack Obama and I last sat down in 2006, I refused to shake his hand. Today, I still won’t. His announcement last weekend that he would delay executive action on immigration is...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Obama’s Decision to Postpone Action on Immigration Isn’t Political, It’s just Politics

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco To hear President Obama say it, politics didn’t trump immigration, politics did. Now, take that confused feeling and stretch it across most of the U.S Latino community. Over the weekend the President asserted...

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The 41-Page UTEP Unaccompanied Minors Report the Obama White House Basically Ignored

*Great find by Latino Rebels. What the White House should have known before the unaccompanied minor situation became a crisis. VL By Latino Rebels For all those who think the current increase of unaccompanied minors entering the...

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Obama Heads to Texas With No Plans to Visit Border

*Would Mr. Obama’s visit to the border produce more than mere optics? Or is there something to be gathered by a personal visit with the children in detention? Will the President’s presence at the border help to...

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Latino leaders urge Barack Obama: Hire us

*Yes, strategically, the best thing they could have asked. Getting more Latinos in the federal workforce is a game changer. VL By Anna Palmer, Politico When top Hispanic lawmakers met with President Barack Obama earlier this year,...

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Maria Contreras-Sweet Confirmed As SBA Administrator

*Good news. Contreras-Sweet’s appointment wasn’t one of the many presidential appointments log-jammed in the U.S. Senate. VL By NBCNews Maria Contreras-Sweet was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to head the Small Business Administration. Contreras-Sweet, whose family immigrated...

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