By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/02/2009 - 13:30
It was a close battle between Madrid and Rio de Janeiro as the final vote neared, but the International Olympic Committee announced today that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 09/29/2009 - 12:39
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is going up against President Obama in an effort to convince the International Olympic Committee to see things his way. Both leaders will be in Copenhagen, Denmark this Friday in an effort to convince the committee that their respective cities—Rio for Lula, and Chicago for Obama—would serve as the best host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Other cities in the running include Madrid and Tokyo.
By Mariela Rosario | 09/16/2009 - 12:31
After taking steps towards healing the longstanding rift between the U.S. and Cuban governments, President Barack Obama recently renewed the economic embargo against the island nation.
Under the Trading With the Enemy Act, established after World War I, U.S. companies are banned from trading with what are determined to be hostile nations.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/13/2009 - 11:15
President Barack Obama has his hands full, but he still took the time yesterday to throw a fiesta in honor of the first Latina Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/12/2009 - 13:25
Two time Tony Award–winning actress Chita Rivera was honored by President Barack Obama today. Obama presented the boricua legend with a Presidential Medal of Freedom; she was one of 16 recipients.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 08/10/2009 - 17:15
President Barack Obama completed a two-day trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he took part in a summit—dubbed the Three Amigos' summit—with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The three met today to discuss, among other things, their commitment to fighting swine flu and climate change. In a joint statement, they said their countries will collaborate to combat the threats.
By Mariela Rosario | 08/06/2009 - 15:10
The Senate just voted 68-31 in favor of confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor, officially making her the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in the history of the United States
We were moved to tears here in the Latina offices, similarly to how we felt on the evening on Nov. 6, 2008, when Barack Obama became the first African American President. Sonia Sotomayor—like President Obama—has a history deeply rooted in perseverance, education and the love of family and country.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/28/2009 - 13:29
The Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to pass Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court on to a full vote in the Senate. The committee voted 13-6 to confirm, split almost directly along party lines with all Democrats voting to confirm Sotomayor and only one Republican, Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, voting in her favor. “I feel good about Judge Sotomayor,” Graham stated.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/17/2009 - 12:45
As I said before, I still don't feel as though I've learned many new things about Sonia Sotomayor this week, even though her Senate confirmation hearings just ended. I have, however, learned more about the law and our constitution and that is all thanks to Sotomayor's measured, thoughtful and yes, "wise" responses to the questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/14/2009 - 16:40
It has been very difficult to sit through today's questioning of Sonia Sotomayor without wanting to reach through the screen and shake one or two of these distinguished senators. Between the embarrassing fawning of the Democrats and the broken record recitation of her "wise Latina" comment by the Republicans, I can't say that I have learned much more about Judge Sonia Sotomayor than I knew before the hearing started.