Rene Rivas, a father of four, was to be deported at 4 a.m. Tuesday, less than seven hours after his son made the bombshell announcement at the tail end of an immigration forum U.S. Rep Frederica Wilson hosted in North Miami with four other members of Congress (background here).
Rep. Henry Waxman should make a promise to his constituents, but he doesn’t want to. So, instead of promising that he’ll protect Social Security from President Obama’s proposed benefit cut, Waxman told one of his constituents the very idea of asking Representatives to make “pledges” is wrong.
This notion that “pledges are bad” a new Washington cliché in this, the age of anti-democratic (with a small “d”) and anti-Democratic (with a big “D”) budget deals. There’s just one little problem: Representatives begin their terms by taking a pledge. It’s called the “Oath of Office,” and in it each member of Congress promises to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
The Oath of Office pledge is clearly acceptable, which raises the question: Which pledges are not?
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins turned back Toronto’s comeback with a rally of their own.
Trailing by three goals in the third period and still by two with less than 90 seconds left in their season, the Bruins scored twice in a span of 31 seconds to tie it and then eliminated the Maple Leafs on Patrice Bergeron’s goal at 6:05 of overtime to win 5-4 in Game 7 on Monday night.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell considered himself a pioneering inner-city doctor who helped desperate women get late-term abortions, but a Philadelphia jury called him a murderer who killed three babies after they…