Great Britain's decision to leave the European Union is the second major blow to President Barack Obama —and his legacy —in as many days.The country's historic referendum decision, which brought the resignation —effective in October —of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was made official one day after the Supreme Court left Obama's immigration executive order frozen in perpetuity.On Thursday, Obama pinned much of the blame for the high court's 4-4 split decision on Senate Republican's unwillingness to confirm his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, and on House Republicans for blocking a Senate-passed bipartisan immigration overhaul bill in 2013.But he cannot blame them for the British EU exit, known as "Brexit."During a visit to London in April, Obama did not mince words about his opposition to an EU exit. Speaking beside Cameron, the U.S. president delivered a forceful case that Britain as an EU member is stronger on the continent and across the globe.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Friday announced the appointments of two top attorneys for the House.
Thomas Hungar will serve as the House's general counsel, replacing Kerry Kircher who resigned in May.
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Hungar, a former deputy solicitor general of the United States and a Yale Law School graduate, will lead the Office of General Counsel, which is responsible for representing the House of Representatives in lawsuits and court cases in which the House wants to offer an opinion.
Ryan also announced the appointment of Ernest Ballou Jr. as the House's legislative counsel. Ballou, a University of Virginia law school graduate, has been working in the Office of Legislative Counsel, which oversees drafting of legislation, for decades.
When Florida state Sen. Anitere Flores is asked about her greatest accomplishments, she immediately turns to her work on education — the same issue her opponents turn to when attacking her.
Education is one of several areas where Flores has had an impact during her dozen years in the Florida legislature. From the time she first won election as a state representative in 2004, Flores caught the attention of leaders in her party and was selected, as a freshman, to serve on the prestigious budget conference committee.
She’s also been a rare conservative voice on behalf of environmental issues, thanks in part to her mother who worked with a beautification organization in Miami-Dade County, and who had her daughter picking up trash on beaches and painting over graffiti on walls. But her biggest focus has been on education for students from low-income families.
A first-generation college student who worked full-time as an undergrad at Florida International University, she sponsored successful legislation to fund scholarships for low-income students who are the first in their families to attend college. Elected to the Senate in 2010, also helped pass $100 million in funding for public school infrastructure.
“Education is the golden ticket, the great equalizer,” she said in an interview with Roll Call. “My priority is going to be to break down as many of those financial barriers as possible that students have to entering higher education.”