The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced what would be the biggest change to U.S. immigration law in a generation, easing hiring requirements for technology companies and keeping provisions out of the bill that could imperil its fragile balance of support.
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, sought to shore up his Tory coalition partner, David Cameron, saying their government would continue until the last possible moment in 2015.
President Barack Obama plans to choose a new acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service this week as the first congressional hearings begin into the agency’s selective scrutiny of small-government groups, according to an administration official.
The U.S. Supreme Court fight over California’s Proposition 8, viewed by gay-rights advocates as a historic opportunity to establish same-sex marriage nationwide, may not even settle the issue in the state.
Delaware became the 11th state to recognize same-sex marriages after its Senate voted 12-9 to legalize gay weddings and to convert civil unions to marriages. Governor Jack Markell signed the bill into law, according to a statement from his office.
In 1991, the economist Albert Hirschman published a biting, funny and subversive book, “The Rhetoric of Reaction,” whose principal goal was to provide a kind of reader’s guide to conservative objections to social reform. Hirschman wanted to demonstrate that such objections are pervasive, mechanical, routinized and often unconvincing.