Ken Cuccinelli

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Watchdog: Homeland Security Bosses Ineligible for Their Jobs

Appointments violated the Vacancy Reform Act, GAO finds

(Newser) - The top two officials in the Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law by the Trump administration, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and his acting deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, are ineligible to run the...

Immigration Chief Unlawfully Named, Lacks Authority: Judge

Ken Cuccinelli didn't have right to give asylum seekers less time to prepare for interviews

(Newser) - A federal judge has ruled that Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully appointed to lead the US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency and, as a result, lacked authority to give asylum seekers less time to prepare for initial screening interviews. Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general and an immigration hardliner, was named...

Judge Freezes Trump Plan Tying Green Cards to Benefits

Rule would turn down immigrants on Medicaid or food stamps

(Newser) - A federal judge in New York has temporarily blocked President Trump's plan to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, and other government benefits. US District Judge George Daniels' ruling Friday prevents the policy from taking effect Oct. 15, the AP reports. The Trump administration...

Feds Tweak Automatic Citizenship Rule for Some Kids

Feds accused of creating 'second-class citizenship'

(Newser) - The children of some Americans serving overseas in the military will not be exempt from the administration's hardline immigration policies. A new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services policy unveiled Wednesday states that in some circumstances, children born to service members or federal employees serving outside the US will...

Cuccinelli: Poem on Statue of Liberty Refers to Europeans

CNN's Erin Burnett pressed Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday night

(Newser) - Ken Cuccinelli offered up some literary analysis on Tuesday. The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services first grabbed headlines Tuesday morning when he offered an update to Emma Lazarus' famous poem on the Statue of Liberty during an NPR interview about a major change to immigration law announced a...

Statue of Liberty Poem Gets a New Twist

'Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet," says immigration official Ken Cuccinelli

(Newser) - A major change to US immigration law unveiled on Monday has drawn attention to the famous poem on the Statue of Liberty that welcomes the "huddled masses" to US shores. The new law will favor would-be citizens who can step right into a job over those who might need...

Sustainable Farm Fuels the Left's Sheldon Adelson

Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer pushes environmental issues

(Newser) - A hedge-fund billionaire and his wife, a community bank CEO, originally aimed to use their 1,800-acre California ranch to show off soil conservation techniques—but today, it's become a model sustainable farm, and apparently a highly profitable one. At TomKat Ranch, Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor raise grass-fed...

7 Lessons From Election 2013
 7 Lessons From Election 2013 

7 Lessons From Election 2013

It was a bad night for Tea Party, good one for Chris Christie

(Newser) - The 2013 election is in the books, and while there weren't many surprises in this off-year affair, there's plenty to digest. Here are some bulleted thoughts to help your brain do just that:
  • Some polls had Terry McAuliffe ahead of Ken Cuccinelli by double digits, so his 3-point
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Democrat Terry McAuliffe Wins in Virginia

He beats GOP's Ken Cuccinelli

(Newser) - Unlike some other marquee races tonight, the Virginia governor's race proved too close to call early. But now CNN and others say Democrat Terry McAuliffe will reclaim the governor's seat for the party with a victory over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. With nearly all returns in, McAuliffe...

Christie Cruises to Second Term

He wins in New Jersey over little-known Democrat

(Newser) - No contest: Chris Christie easily won a second term as governor of New Jersey tonight, reports the AP , which called the race as soon as the polls closed. CNN did, too. Christie defeated little-known Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, and his appeal to voters of all stripes (especially in a...

Court Voids Wrongful Death Verdict in Va. Tech Case

Justices say state couldn't have predicted mass shooting

(Newser) - Virginia's Supreme Court today reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting massacre, saying that the state had no duty to warn students of the potential acts of the case's lone gunman, who initially shot two in a dormitory....

Rand Paul: Eugenics Is a Slippery Slope

The less-perfect could be eliminated through abortion, he warns

(Newser) - Rand Paul was campaigning for Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race today when things got a little weird. He somehow got onto the subject of eugenics while speaking at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, CBS News reports, and theorized that someday, the short, overweight, or not-as-smart among us...

In Va. Governor Race, Top Paper Endorses ... No One

McAuliffe, Cuccinelli didn't deserve nods: Richmond Times-Dispatch

(Newser) - Virginia's gubernatorial race pits Democrat Terry McAuliffe against Republican AG Ken Cuccinelli —and the Richmond Times-Dispatch concludes that neither man is worth an endorsement. "This does not gladden us," the editors write, noting that they believe it's a first for the paper in "modern...

Poll: Most People Against Raising Debt Ceiling

Voters as divided as Washington

(Newser) - The American people haven't been moved by all the dire warnings about the consequences of hitting the debt ceiling, a new Fox News poll suggests. Only 37% said they would vote to raise the debt ceiling if they were in Congress, compared to 58% who said they'd vote...

SCOTUS Axes Virginia's Bid to Revive Anti-Sodomy Law

Supreme Court shoots down AG's appeal

(Newser) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's attempt to revive his state's ban on oral and anal sex has been shot down by the Supreme Court, Raw Story reports. The court—which banned anti-sodomy laws in its 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision—refused to hear an appeal of a lower...

Left Squeals Over Virginia GOPer's KKK Comparison

EW Jackson ties it to Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - Virginia held its state GOP convention this past weekend and emerged with its ticket for November's statewide elections: Ken Cuccinelli, Mark Obenshain, and EW Jackson. That spurred the left to promptly trot out some of the nominees' more out-of-the-ordinary bills , claims , and comments, and no candidate is getting more...

Virginia AG: Let's 'Go to Jail' Over Contraception Mandate

Ken Cuccinelli slams ObamaCare on Iowa radio

(Newser) - Virginia's attorney general says it's time to take a stand against ObamaCare's contraception mandate—even if it means a little civil disobedience, Politico reports. Speaking on nationally syndicated radio in Iowa, Ken Cuccinelli, the state's likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, discussed his bishop's words on the...

Appeals Court Tosses Virginia ObamaCare Lawsuits

Unanimous decision issued

(Newser) - A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision was issued today by a three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's...

Va. AG’s ‘72 Virginans’ Osama Tweet Goes Awry

Turns out he doesn't want to be bin Laden's virgin, he wants to be his Virginian

(Newser) - Virginia's attorney general learned all about the dangers of Twitter yesterday, when he sent out a tweet that made at least one writer think he wanted to "service bin Laden, sexually, in the great beyond." The offending tweet from Ken Cuccinelli: "How much would I give...

Virginia Tech Appeals $55K Shooting Rampage Fine

AG Cuccinelli calls Dept. of Education's findings 'absolutely appalling'

(Newser) - Just shy of one month after it was slapped with $55,000 in federal fines for waiting too long to notify that campus during the 2007 shooting rampage, Virginia Tech has filed an appeal. State AG Kenneth Cuccinelli yesterday called the Department of Education's findings "absolutely appalling,"...

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