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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

STEWART/MALALA YOUSAFZAI




On The Daily Show earlier this month, John Stewart interviewed Malala Yousafzai.

Born in Pakistan, Malala is a women's education advocate in her country. Last year, the Taliban issued a death threat against her for her willingness to speak out and advocate her position. That same group acted upon that threat and shot her in the face. Malala survived the attacked and authored a book titled I Am Malala. Recently she was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize becoming the youngest person ever to receive that nomination.

I highly suggest watching this interview.

REP MARC VEASEY (D, TX-33) ON INSIDE TEXAS POLITICS



Marc Veasey was elected to represent the newly created 33rd Congressional District of Texas in 2012. His district stretches across Tarrant and Dallas Counties.

Before being elected to Congress, Congressman Veasey was a member of the Texas Lege representing HD-95. That seat is currently occupied is Nicole Collier. Congressman Veasey sits on the Armed Services Committee and Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He is member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the LGBT Equality Caucus.

The interview covers the following topics: the Republican-led government shutdown, how elements of the Republican Party has been taken over by the Tea Party and hindered legislation, the proposed American-United Airlines merger, and 2014 Congressional Elections.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS ON REOPENING THE GOVERNMENT



In a press conference on Thursday, President Obama explains about why the government needed to be reopened and why the debt ceiling needed to be raised.

Not only that, but he also pivoted towards pressing matters: Comprehensive Immigration Reform, being one of them.

Text via KUNC FM 91.5 and The White House.

SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN'S (D-MA) LETTER



Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote this letter about why she is not celebrating the end of this shutdown.

Senator Warren was elected to the US Senate in November 2012. Then-candidate Warren was a keynoter at the 2012 Democratic National Committee in Charlotte. During her campaign for US Senate last year, a video of a speech she gave at a home in 2011 surfaced and went viral.

She was the chair of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that was established with the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Senator Warren earned her bachelor's from the University of Houston in 1970. She later received her Juris Doctor from Rutgers and taught law at various universities before teaching at Harvard Law School in 1992.

Senator Warren along with her daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, authored the 2003 book The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents Are Going Broke.

Letter is via Huffington Post.