During an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program on Tuesday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush revealed that he would now support legislation that provided a “path for citizenship” for illegal immigrants.
While reviewing a challenge to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, several Supreme Court justices questioned the need for continuing an important provision of the act (Section 5), which requires only certain geographic areas — mainly seven Southern states, Alaska, Arizona, and three boroughs of New York City, as well as numerous smaller jurisdictions — to obtain federal preclearance before making changes in voting laws.
With the end of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI rapidly approaching, Vatican spokesmen on February 23 vehemently refuted reports originating in the Italian media that presented highly negative descriptions of the Holy See’s central administrative apparatus, known as the Curia. An Italian newspaper suggested that the pope had resigned soon after being presented with a dossier that revealed a network of Vatican priests, "united by sexual orientation," who were being blackmailed.
Speaking at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on February 19, North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong threatened South Korea with "final destruction.”
President Obama has proposed the creation of a new “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa specifically for illegal immigrants that would allow those who are here illegally to remain in the country while they await permanent legal status.
The United Nations Security Council condemned the communist government of North Korea for conducting its third nuclear test on February 12, and tightened sanctions on the repressive regime.
In an unanticipated statement that shocked members of the Catholic Church and greatly surprised the rest of the world, Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he would resign from the papacy, effective February 28.
Leaders of European Union nations met for a two-day summit in Brussels on February 7, in an attempt to reach a seven-year spending agreement.
Information leaked from a report compiled by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that heat from the sun may play a larger role in increasing the Earth’s temperatures than previously thought.
An unnamed senior UN official announced on January 25 that the world body wants to establish a force of about 2,500 troops — which the UN called an "intervention brigade" — in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.