H-1B visa: Government says work ban for H-4 spouses coming this month
- After a series of delays, the federal government is now saying it will this month publish a long-promised rule to strip spouses of H-1B visa holders of their right to work.
- The news came via an update to the federal government’s “unified agenda.” The page dedicated to the planned work-ban has been changed to provide a new time-frame for the draft rule to be published, saying it will happen this month.
- In February, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security pushed the rule into its final stages, sending it to the Office of Management and Budget for review.
- Spouses of H-1B visa holders on track for green cards have been allowed to work since 2015.
- The plan to ban H-4 spouses from work has been delayed several times since Homeland Security first proposed it in late 2017.
Trump's pardons of US troops are an extreme kind of hero-worship, and they send a dangerous message at home and abroad
- But there are two other important implications of Trump's misguided pardons that extend beyond the military community into the broader American body politic.
- While some veterans and active-duty soldiers and officers might support Trump's pardons, they are designed to appeal more to his political base at large than to the military.
- But again, this trope is more popular among civilians than among US military commanders, who understand the importance of adhering to the laws of warfare for both discipline and the security of US soldiers who might fall into the hands of the enemy.
- And part of America's failure to come to terms with the legacy of torture resides in former President Barack Obama's refusal to bring those responsible for its use to justice, putting national stability and cohesion above accountability.
Claude Shannon: The Bit Player
- On film, he has played Charles Sumner in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and has appeared in television roles in series that include Murder of a President and Power.
- A classically trained actor who studied at the prestigious American Conservatory Theater and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Kaliswa Brewster has worked onstage at The Signature Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Hartford Stage (Juliet in Tony Award-winning Darko Tresniak’s Romeo and Juliet), The Williamstown Theater Festival, American Conservatory Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Ma-Yi Theater Company, and The Contemporary American Theater Festival.
- The Bit Player was commissioned by the IEEE Information Theory Society, a community of over three thousand academic and industrial researchers and engineers working to further understand the role of information and its impact on modern science and technology.
This is the biggest 2020 mistake the Democrats could make
- Polls this early in the game won't necessarily mean much come Election Day, but the latest Quinnipiac numbers suggest that Americans are disenchanted with their President.
- One of the most dangerous things Democratic and independent voters could do right now is to read the numbers from Quinnipiac (and other recent polls about the 2020 race) and conclude that Joe Biden is the clear and obvious choice to oppose Trump in 2020.
- That's why whoever the Democratic nominee is needs to run on a dual message of integrity and opportunity: Return honor to the White House and restore America's damaged reputation the world over; offer a visionary, clear and specific plan for expanding opportunity for every American, scaling back inequality and improving the country.
Tucker Carlson says immigrants have 'plundered' the US and want to steal Americans' wealth
- Fox News host Tucker Carlson railed against immigrants, who he argued have long "plundered" American taxpayers and taken unfair advantage of government benefits, during his primetime program Tuesday night.
- Undocumented immigrants cannot legally receive food stamps, live in subsidized housing, or receive government health insurance, but they are permitted to attend public schools and get medical treatment in emergencies.
- Read more: At least 34 advertisers have stopped advertising on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show in recent months after the host's controversial comments.
- Here's the list.
Opinion: Beto O'Rourke made things personal in his CNN town hall
- His investment ideas were not purely budgetary but took the form of progressive policy proposals that would invest our national efforts in goals like winning the trade war with China and revamping health care in a realistic way that builds upon the system we already have in place.
- O'Rourke spoke of the hatred and violence against immigrants, Muslims and people of color, and the problematic political rhetoric of President Trump, harkening back to when Trump said that there were "very fine people on both sides" of the events that took place in Charlottesville.
- Utilizing his youth and ability to relate to millennials and Generation Z Americans, O'Rourke spoke about feeling optimistic about the future of the nation because of the young people who have helped energize his campaign in Texas and nationally.
- Now, O'Rourke's daunting challenge is convincing Americans to take another chance on a charismatic but untested young presidential candidate in a moment of national uncertainty and soul searching.
McAleenan faces new questions on Capitol Hill amid DHS funding shifts, personnel drama
- This will be McAleenan's first time testifying since The Washington Post reported he threatened to quit in a fight with White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller over agency hiring.
- In addition, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is expected to take a top post at the Department of Homeland Security focusing on immigration, but it's not clear what that job will entail and how much authority Cuccinelli will have.
- The White House has requested $4.5 billion in emergency funding, which includes, in part, money for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- Last week, the White House also introduced a framework aimed at overhauling the nation's immigration system, though it was short of details.
- The rise in families and children, primarily from Central American countries, has strained the department's resources, given the additional care and processing needs.
Cancer death rates drop, heart disease deaths on the rise for US adults
- Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics examined death certificates filed across the country from 1999 to 2017 for adults 45 to 64, documenting the number of deaths attributed to cancer and heart disease.
- Deaths due to heart disease dropped 22% between 1999 and 2011 but then increased a total of 4% by 2017, according to the report, published Wednesday in National Vital Statistics Reports.
- White women saw the greatest rise in the rates of death from heart disease, a 12% increase; Hispanic women saw a general decline.
- Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death for middle-aged Americans, accounting for approximately half of all deaths in this age group, according to the CDC.
Tencent CEO warns companies must keep innovating to survive amid US-China tensions
- On Tuesday, Tencent’s usually low-profile founder and CEO Pony Ma made rare comments to weigh in on escalating tensions between the United States and China, calling domestic tech companies to build more self-reliance in a bid to stay competitive.
- The Commerce Department last week restricted American companies from selling components and other technology to Huawei — which the Trump administration has labeled as posing a national security threat — though it has since scaled back the ban.
- People have celebrated this level of interdependence as a result of trade, but increasingly they worry decoupling the US and China will hurt companies on both sides and lead to a bifurcation of the global tech economy.
- Jack Ma, founder of Tencent’s arch-foe Alibaba, remarked along the same line following a similar ban placed on the sale of American components to Huawei rival ZTE in April of last year.
How black women are walking away from the obesity epidemic
- Morgan Dixon refuse to accept this future, and formed the nonprofit GirlTrek to reclaim their health through walking.
- More than 170,000 women have laced up with GirlTrek and formed walking teams across the country.
- GirlTrek's goal is to get 1 million women to take its pledge by 2020 -- walk 30 minutes a day.
- It is important, Garrison said, for girls to see their mothers as healthy role models.
- New walkers receive Harriet's Handbook, which provides 1,000 walks and a step-by-step guide to help women stay motivated.
- Already empowered by the changes they are making in their health, these groups are ready to turn their walks into marches to make a difference.
- For Dixon, she feels empowered when she sees these women not only get healthy but also get active in their community.