As the year 2013 draws to an end, the fight for immigrants' rights, and especially for the legalization of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants believed to be in the United States, continues.
"With the financial transaction tax we can raise the revenue we need and discourage excessive speculation on Wall Street."
If ever someone merited a tribute, Congressman John Conyers Jr., the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus and second longest serving member in the history of the House, certainly fits the bill.
A blow was dealt against a possible bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House of Representatives when two more Republican members withdrew. However, immigrant rights activists vow that they will not be deterred.
The question now is whether the Syria situation and the threat of a new partisan war over the debt ceiling will derail immigration reform efforts.
Polls show substantial public opposition to a military strike on Syria, even "limited" strikes to deter chemical weapons use.
The Jackson Hole conference attended by many of the world's top economists, central bankers and policy makers revealed divisions over current Fed stimulus policy.
Some 17,000 tenants on the Federal Section 8 housing program in Santa Clara County recently received rent hikes of 10 percent or more. The area has very nearly the highest housing cost of any place in the country.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has taken the plight of the nation's low-paid fast food workers - specifically those who toil in eateries in federal buildings - straight to the top of the nation's political pyramid - President Obama himself.
On June 13, the House of Representatives voted on a mostly partisan line to prevent the Obama administration from giving undocumented immigrants brought here as children a break.