Pitting the humanitarian imperative to help dislocated children against the plight of American communities places victimology in the service of party politics. Both Republicans and Democrats claim the moral high ground while conveniently avoiding the political economy of the problem they lament -- and have collaborated in creating.
A look at the day's political happenings, including John Kerry's Senate replacement named and the GOP's failing attempt to rig the 2016 presidential election.
A look at the day's political happenings, including the death of one the longest serving US senators and an update on negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff A look at the day's political happenings, including the death of one of the longest-serving U .
He's already the stuff of "SNL" parodies, so Massachusetts' newly minted Sen.-elect Scott Brown might as well go ahead and drop the "-elect" part from his title. Brown sent letters to state officials Wednesday prodding them to get on with the election certification process so he could be sworn in Thursday.
Democrats would like an interim senator to fill Ted Kennedy's shoes until a January election provides a more permanent solution, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint just such a person.
According to Massachusetts law, the state will have to wait until a special election -- set for Jan. 19 -- to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, but Gov. Deval Patrick is hoping to appoint a placeholder to fill Kennedy's seat before then.