Transocean, the drilling company that owned the oil rig implicated in the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, will plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act and pay a $1.4 billion fine, the Justice Department said Thursday.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, encouraging the Republican party to reconsider its current thinking on civil and human rights issues and return to the party’s historical role in fighting for equal rights.
Coming at a time when many Republicans are seeking to rebrand their party, these commemorations of the first Republican president raise this question: Why not refashion the Grand Old Party in the image of the Great Emancipator? The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” both remind today’s Americans that Lincoln was not only a moral leader but also a practical politician. The political identity that Lincoln forged for the fledgling Republican Party — uniting the nation while defending individual rights — was a winning formula for half a century, with the GOP winning 11 of 13 presidential elections from 1860 through 1908. support support for civil rights persisted in the party throughout the last century. Among the Republican presidents of the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt famously hosted Booker T. Washington at the White House. Dwight Eisenhower ordered federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school desegregation. Richard Nixon expanded affirmative action. And George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.
Former California Gov. Earl Warren served as chief justice when the Supreme Court issued its decision in Brown v. Board of Education, ordering the desegregation of the nation’s schools. As recently as 1996, the Republican national ticket consisted of two strong civil rights advocates, former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole and former New York Rep. Jack Kemp.
Unfortunately the 2012 Republican Party has veered far from its heritage as the party of Lincoln. Prominent Republicans supported statewide voter suppression laws that hit hardest at vulnerable minorities or called for the “self-deportation” of immigrants and their families. Not surprisingly, the GOP in the presidential race lost the black vote by 87 points, the Asian-American vote by 47 points, the Latino vote by 44 points and the women’s vote by 11 points, according to CNN exit polls. As Republicans reflect on their path forward with minority voters and persuadable whites, there are opportunities to advance civil rights. (CNN Opinion, Wade Henderson; 1/2/13)
Good day Mr. President.
I believe that making gun owners insure their weapons is similar to having automobile insurance. This way funerals and other expenses will be paid for and the owner of the weapon will think twice before using it to harm others or leaving it around for someone to take it. It puts the onus on the owner of the gun to ensure victims are properly taken care of.
Tax Credits for Energy-Efficiency Home Improvements
This benefit provides modest tax credits of $200 to $500 for owners who install energy-efficient windows, insulation and other upgrades designed to cut energy consumption. The bill covers improvements made during 2012 and 2013.
Tax Credits for Energy-Efficient New Houses
This allows builders and contractors to claim a $2,000 tax credit on new homes constructed in 2012 and 2013 that meet federally specified energy-conservation standards. The bill also extends credits for U.S.-based manufacturers of energy-efficient refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers. As with other energy-related tax provisions that had expired last year, these will now be continued through 2013.
Each of us has the ability to choose how we show up to life every day: sleeves rolled up or hands out.