Momentum to bar Syrian refugees slows

Politico.com By Nahal Toosi and Patrick Temple-West 12/2/15 Republican party elders and some lawmakers push to reconsider House legislation passed in haste. Speaker Paul Ryan led his fellow House Republicans in a lightning-fast sprint to pass legislation halting the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees just days after suspected Islamic State operatives unleashed a night of terror in Paris. But as Congress’ attention slowly turns to other pressing end-of-year business, a movement is emerging to stop the refugee crackdown, and it’s not just Democrats leading the charge. Some Republican lawmakers … Continue reading

The refugee debate has become an embarrassment

Omaha.com By Charles Krauthammer 11/29/15 The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans. This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar Assad began making war on his … Continue reading

Everything you want to know about Indiana and the Syrian refugee controversy

(A 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) IndyStar.com By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 11/21/15 WASHINGTON — Indiana drew national attention this week after Gov. Mike Pence asked that a Syrian refugee family be sent to another state, the first redirection of a refugee family since more than half the nation’s governors raised security concerns about Syrians. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy welcomed the family Wednesday, saying that giving them … Continue reading

Getting the Politics of Fear Right

(A copy of the U.S. Constitution with explanatory comments is available at: NATIONAL>RESOURCES/LINKS. – Admin.) (The 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) Politico.com By Jeff Greenfield 11/24/15 Trump exploits our fears, while Obama underestimates them. Why can’t someone just deal with them? This is the season of fear—for experiencing it, exploiting it and pooh-poohing it. Exhibit A, of course, is Donald Trump, who had already risen to the … Continue reading