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3 months ago

Among Democrats, deep concern about Clinton's Hispanic strategy

Lagging support among Hispanic voters for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and congressional candidates in crucial races has stoked deep concern that the party and the presidential campaign are doing too little to galvanize a key constituency.

While Clinton holds a significant lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in every poll of Hispanic voters, less clear is whether these voters will turn out in numbers that Democrats are counting on to win. Clinton trails President Obamas 2012 performance in several Latino-rich states, including Florida, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona. In those same states, on which Democrats prospects of retaking the Senate hinge, some down-ballo

5 months ago

Hillary Clinton to Unveil Platform on Technology - Wall Street Journal

By Colleen McCain Nelson June 28, 2016 6:00 a.m. ET

Democrat Hillary Clinton will release a wide-ranging tech and innovation agenda Tuesday, detailing plans to connect every household to high-speed internet and to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The presumptive Democratic nominees technology platform will include an ambitious goal of bringing broadband to all U.S. homes by 2020, according to a Clinton campaign aide. Mrs. Clinton also will call for a range of upgrades to the nations technology infrastructure, including connecting more public destinations such as airports and train stations to the internet and clearing the way for them to offer free Wi-Fi.

The campaign has not provided details about how these initiatives would be funded.

Mrs. Clinton also plans to lay out a new student-loan relief plan aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs and innovators, the campaign aide said. The former secretary of state would allow many young people starting new ventures to defer payments on their student loans for up to three years, easing a financial burden during the startup phase of their business.

Her plan also would forgive up to $17,500 in student loans for many innovators who launch businesses in struggling communities or develop social enterprises that deliver a measurable benefit.

Mrs. Clinton plans to unveil her tech agenda Tuesday in Denver, where she will tour a workforce training facility and small-business incubator. Later in the day, she will meet with digital content creators in Los Angeles.

President Barack Obama has made closing the digital divide a priority during his administration. He pledged to connect 99% of American students to high-speed internet in their schools by 2018, and last year, he launched a pilot program to bring broadband to low-income households.

Mrs. Clinton would go further with a plan to connect every household and to provide all students with access to computer-science education by the time they graduate. Her plan also calls for training 50,000 new computer-science education teachers during the next decade.

Tuesdays rollout is the latest in a long list of policy proposals Mrs. Clinton has unveiled. She has released detailed plans for issues ranging from protecting voting rights to preventing sexual assaults on campuses, contrasting her itemized agenda with Donald Trumps plans.

The presumptive Republican nominee has said that voters dont care about his lack of policy specifics. Mrs. Clinton tells supporters that she has an old-fashioned idea that if youre running for president, you should say what you want to do and how you will get it done.

Write to Colleen McCain Nelson at colleen.nelson@wsj.com

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8 months ago

ISIS Reportedly Carries Out Mass Kidnapping Of Factory Workers In Syria - NPR

ISIS has conducted a mass kidnapping of industrial workers near Syria's capital, Damascus, according to Syrian state media and an independent rights group.

There are conflicting reports about how many people were taken from the al-Badiyeh Cement Co., located northwest of Damascus in the town of Dumeir. NPR's Alison Meuse tells our Newscast Unit that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 170 people were kidnapped, but Syrian state media puts that number at more than 300.

Here's more from Alison:

"Syria's minister of industry says his office is working to free hundreds of workers. They were abducted by ISIS from an industrial zone. A local official tells state media he saw the men being transported toward the eastern suburbs of Damascus. His office earlier received more than 100 workers fleeing a separate factory.

"ISIS is known for executing those accused of working with the Assad regime, including civilian employees. In recent weeks, the extremists have faced setbacks as Assad's forces push the group further from the densely populated area around the capital."

A ministry of industry official said the company has not been able to reach any of the kidnapped workers, according to SANA, the Syrian state news wire.

The Associated Press reports that "militants launched a surprise attack against government forces earlier this week" in the same area as the factory.

The wire service adds: "There was no formal responsibility claim for the kidnapping, but the IS-linked Aamaq agency posted a video showing the deserted cement factory, located near a military air base."

Islam Alloush, a spokesman for the Army of Islam rebel group that has a presence in the area of the kidnapping, told the AP that "Islamic militants attacked five targets in the town, including other insurgents' positions near the airport." He added that the Army of Islam assisted some workers who escaped.

Also on Thursday, U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told reporters that they are planning to resume peace talks during the week of April 11, though he says the exact date has not been set.

10 months ago

Ample Ideas For HVAC Around The Nation - HVAC Contractors In NJ

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1 year ago

Wary of Donald Trump, GOP Leaders Are Caught in a Standoff - New York Times

WASHINGTON For months, much of the Republican Partys establishment has been uneasy about the rise of Donald J. Trump, concerned that he was overwhelming the presidential primary contest and encouraging other candidates to mimic his incendiary speech. Now, though, irritation is giving way to panic as it becomes increasingly plausible that Mr. Trump could be the partys standard-bearer and imperil the careers of other Republicans.

Many leading Republican officials, strategists and donors now say they fear that Mr. Trumps nomination would lead to an electoral wipeout, a sweeping defeat that could undo some of the gains Republicans have made in recent congressional, state and local electi

1 year ago

The Latest: Turkish Premier Blasts UN for Syria 'Failure' - New York Times

BRUSSELS The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

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Turkey's prime minister says his country and the European Union are paying the price for the "failure" of the U.N. system to solve Syria's crisis.

Ahmed Davutoglu spoke to reporters Sunday at the end of an EU-Turkey summit focusing largely on their response to an influx of migrants through Syrian neighbor Turkey into the 28-member European bloc.

Speaking alongside EU leaders, Davotoglu said Turkey has taken in 2 million to 2.2 million refugees.

Alluding to Europe and Turkey, he said: "We are paying the price of the failure of the U.N.

1 year ago

The Supreme Court's Key Cases and Big Issues for 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court justices took the bench Monday and like last term, this one is shaping up to be a blockbuster -- with affirmative action in college admissions, unions and legislative districts at issue.

Below are a few of the most significant cases the justices have already agreed to hear; two other big cases they havent yet taken but almost certainly will; and a few notes on another big issue to watch this term.

GRANTED CASES

Fisher v. University of Texas

At issue: Affirmative action in college admissions

Argument date: likely December or January (date not set yet)

This is the second time the court will consider this case, in which plaintiff