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THI Letter to The Members of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet

Dear Chairman Pryor and Ranking Member Wicker: Earlier this month, The Hispanic Institute submitted a letter to the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology regarding the proposed changes to basic tier services as part the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA).

Rick Scott's Campaign Plagued By Fake Mexican Accent Controversy

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is downplaying speculation that the campaign's former finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, quit over concerns about Scott aides mocking Mexican accents. The Miami Herald reported Friday that Fernandez sent an email in February about campaign staffers using fake, over-the-top accents while driving to a Mexican restaurant in Fernandez's home town of Coral Gables, Fla. Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, didn't mention the incident when he quit his campaign position last week, instead citing a desire to spend more time with his family and businesses.

Obama: Tacos And Tequila Are 'Not Punishment'

The World Cup has a way of bringing out the patriot in most people. So when President Barack Obama spoke with Univision’s radio program "El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo" ("The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly") on Monday, interviewer Andrés Maldonado made a proposition: If Mexico and the United States go to Brazil and we win, you're going to have to do tacos and tequila with us. Okay? To which Obama replied: Let me say, first of all, that that's not punishment to do tacos and tequila. I should get that if the Americans win. You have to give me tacos and tequila.

Latino Population In California To Surpass Non-Hispanic Whites In March

This month, Latinos are projected to surpass the number of non-Hispanic whites living in California and become the state’s largest racial or ethnic population. Latinos are expected to make up 39 percent of California’s population, edging past non-Hispanic whites who will make up 38.8 percent. This places California as the second state, behind New Mexico, where Latinos make up the largest percentage of any racial or ethnic group. Texas could be the next state added to that short list.

McCain Eviscerates Fellow GOPers: 'Don't Call Yourselves Reagan Republicans'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor Thursday to castigate fellow Republicans for holding up aid to Ukraine over provisions boosting funding for the International Monetary Fund. "What has happened? Where are our priorities? Is the IMF, no matter whether it's fixed or not fixed with this legislation, more important than the lives of thousands of people? Is that what we're talking about here?" he said. He invoked Republicans' secular saint -- President Ronald Reagan.

Bipartisan Unemployment Insurance Deal Reached In Senate

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to extend federal long-term unemployment insurance for five months. The deal, which comes after months of negotiations, would be distributed retroactively to when the benefits expired at the end of December. The cost of the extension, around $10 billion, would be fully offset by an accounting trick known as "pension smoothing," an extension of customs user fees through 2024, and an adjustment to payment procedures for single-employer pension plans. Senate aides were cautiously optimistic about the bill's prospects.

This Doctor Totally School An Anti-Obamacare Senator On Health Care

Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, totally schooled Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on health care Tuesday. Martin was in Washington D.C. to answer questions from a U.S. Senate subcommittee led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on different health care systems around the world.

Obama To Discuss Immigration Reform With Latino Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about efforts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. Obama will meet with the group of Latino Democrats on Thursday afternoon at the White House. The chair of the caucus, Texas Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, is expected to attend. The meeting comes as immigrant rights activists who are frustrated by the lack of progress in Congress have been pressuring Obama to halt all deportations.

Major Spanish-Language Newspaper Slams Obama

California daily La Opinión slammed President Barack Obama’s deportation policy in an editorial published Monday, calling for him to use executive authority to rein in his administration’s record-setting pace of deportations. The prominent Spanish-language newspaper became the latest to join a growing chorus of voices on the left demanding that Obama offer relief from deportations in the face of congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Yes, Schools Do Discriminate Against Students Of Color -- Reports

A so-called school-to-prison pipeline flows from school discipline that lands disproportionately on students with disabilities and students of color, according to a set of reports by 26 experts released on Thursday. African-American students and students with disabilities are suspended at "hugely disproportionate rates compared to white students," said a report by the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, which includes experts from fields such as advocacy, policy, social science and law.
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