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Why Democrats Don’t Have to Worry About Ted Cruz?

Not too long ago Ruben Navarette wrote a most revealing column entitled “Democrats should worry about up-and-comer Cruz. The column goes on to extol Cruz’s conservative values and how they perfectly matched those of the Hispanic community. continue reading »

Hillary Clinton Steps Down as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton formally stepped down as U.S. secretary of state on Friday with a letter to President Barack Obama and an emotional farewell address to the department she has run for four years. continue reading »

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Receives Cuban Passport

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez received a passport this week amid an overhaul of Cuba's highly restrictive migration policies. "Incredible!!. They called me at home to tell me my passport was ready!. They just gave it to me!," the blogger said on Twitter. continue reading »

Gabrielle Giffords Addresses Senate Hearing on Gun Control

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, badly wounded two years ago in a mass shooting that left six people dead, made a surprise appearance at a Senate hearing on Wednesday to ask her erstwhile colleagues for action on gun control. continue reading »

Senate Confirms John Kerry Nomination for Secretary of State

Sen John Kerry will succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state after being confirmed Tuesday in a Senate vote. The Massachusetts Democrat, nominated by President Barack Obama in mid-December, was confirmed by a vote of 94-3. continue reading »

GOP: Latinos We Are Just Not That Into You

Last week I got a call from a Hispanic Republican activist asking what it would take to increase the Latino vote. I told her, “It’s simple, Republicans need to fund outreach grassroots initiatives, invite Latino influencers to the discussion table, create a Latino friendly policy and sell it.” continue reading »

Milos Zeman Wins First Direct Presidential Election in Czech Republic

Milos Zeman, a leftist former prime minister, has won the Czech Republic's first direct presidential election. The 68-year-old Zeman, head of the Czech government from 1998 to 2002, garnered 54 percent of the vote for a comfortable victory over Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, who received 45 percent of the ballots. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Party Wants to Bar Raising the U.S. Flag Without PR Flag

A legislator of the ruling Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, has introduced a bill in the Caribbean island's House of Representatives that would bar raising the U.S. flag unless the Puerto Rican flag is raised at the same time. continue reading »

Latinos Part of High Level Post Inaugural Rumor Mill

One of the interesting things about being in Washington DC for a few days after a presidential inaugural is the sifting through the residual rumors. It’s a lot like walking a shoreline after a storm, all sorts of things catch your eye. continue reading »

Denis McDonough Named As Obama’s New Chief of Staff

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday named Denis McDonough, who had been serving as deputy national security advisor, as his new chief of staff. continue reading »

Latinos in the President’s Cabinet? It’s Not Just About “Optics”

I have a problem with pundits and commentators calling President Obama’s lack of diversity in his cabinet a matter of “optics.” As if the President were an optometrist and his cabinet were a set of lenses. As if the president’s cabinet were not so much a working kitchen cabinet but a china cabinet, where things are placed to be seen and seldom used. continue reading »

President Obama’s Inauguration to Take Place Monday

On Inauguration Day, the President-elect and Vice President-elect swear in and take office. Visit USA.gov's President Barack Obama page for information about Inauguration Day events. You can also learn about inaugural history, download the 57th Presidential Inauguration mobile app, and view a video about the ceremony location. continue reading »

Florida Governor Confesses to Returning Dog Adopted During Campaign

Shortly after taking the oath of office in January 2011, Florida Gov. Rick Scott returned a dog he had adopted while he was campaigning, something that became known this week and sparked criticism and jokes on the Internet and in the local press. continue reading »

I Told You So! Latino Power Surge Decades in the Making

¿Sabes que? “I Told You So!” I told you all that the Latino vote would play a decisive role in this presidential election. continue reading »

Immigration Reform is Opportunity for Latino Leadership

Twenty eight Latinos were sworn into the 113th Congress today. That’s enough to put a new notch on the Latino political wall – there have never been that many Latinos in congress before. Neither has there been a more polarized congress, at least not since the civil war. continue reading »

Obama Remains Positive After Budget Talks

President Barack Obama described himself as "moderately optimistic" after Friday's talks with congressional leaders on a possible solution to the so-called fiscal cliff. continue reading »

Hugo Chavez has “Giant Will to Live,” says Venezuelan Vice President

Venezuela's vice president said Wednesday that head of state Hugo Chavez, now recovering in Cuba from his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, remains undaunted by his illness. continue reading »

Venezuelan Vice President Gives Positive Update on Chavez’s Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is doing "well" as his doctors treat him for a respiratory infection that developed after he underwent his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months, the Andean nation's vice president said Thursday. continue reading »

Hispanic Group Offers Politicians a List of How Not to Campaign

Hispanic Group, an independent, minority-owned advertising agency with expert knowledge of reaching Latinos, advises politicians to avoid basic marketing pitfalls when courting the Latino vote. The agency claims that political campaigns aimed at Latinos have been all about mudslinging and have missed the mark in terms of communicating goals. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Politician Wants to be New Leader of Pro-Statehood Party

Puerto Rico's non-voting representative in the U.S. Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, said that if he has taken a step forward to become the new leader of the pro-statehood PNP party, it's because he understands that's what Puerto Ricans want. continue reading »