You almost have to feel sorry for President Obama. Almost.
Election week is the perfect time for Americans to think about what we want in a candidate and what we don't.
Introducing a new word: "cultuphobia." It means the fear that another person's culture is taking over your own.
Just this summer, the British government was directly targeting illegal immigrants with a campaign that turned heads, and, in many cases, turned stomachs.
Maria Kang likes a good workout. And she is getting one after a bunch of angry women turned her into a punching bag.
In the 1980 Clint Eastwood action comedy film "Any Which Way You Can," prizefighter Jack Wilson (played by William Smith) assesses the strengths of his soon-to-be opponent, Philo Beddoe (played by Eastwood).
It's hip to be Hispanic.
The parents of elementary school students in 19 states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts -- are receiving letters regarding something that really isn't a school's business: their children's weight.
California has long been a trendsetter. But on the issue of giving driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, it fell behind other states. After what seems like forever, it is poised to become the 10th state, along with the District of Columbia, to make this concession.
Americans are told we need to have a national conversation in which we talk about race.
As much of the country deals with heat waves, the temperature in this coastal city rarely exceeds 75 degrees. Don't you want to be in San Diego?
If you want to save souls, first you need to put folks in the pews.
Here is an unlikely duel: It's Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, vs. Matt Damon, actor and activist.
The "Dream 9," five women and four men, say that they are "undocumented and unafraid."
American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat."
"Dreamers" always seem to find themselves in the eye of the storm, and that's where they are at the moment.
Mexican authorities are having an Eliot Ness moment. Imagine what it felt like for the famed U.S. federal agent to arrest legendary gangster Al Capone in 1929.
When the University of California regents were looking for a new president for perhaps the best public university system in the world -- with 10 campuses and more than 230,000 students -- they chose Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano?
As the immigration debate moves to the House of Representatives, Americans are fully engaged. Is it too much to ask that they also be fully informed?
Once again, the eyes of the nation are upon Texas.
The Supreme Court just did Latinos and African-Americans a big favor.
When the discussion turns to the U.S.-Mexico border, living less than an hour away has its privileges.
The scoreboard was clear.
If I may speak for some of the dads who have spoken to me over time, this year, our kids can skip the ties, golf clubs and fishing poles. What many of us really want for Father's Day is an attitude adjustment for our kids.
Does your company have in place what amounts to an "English-only" policy for employees? Yes? No?
Former Wyoming Sen. Al Simpson knows a thing or two about passing landmark immigration reform. My friend and former graduate school professor did it in 1986 with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which he co-authored with former Rep. Romano Mazzoli.
I keep thinking of those television ads from the Mexican tourism industry urging Americans to "Come visit Mexico."
Welcome to the chaotic Department of Homeland Security.
"Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. ... My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use." -- President Barack Obama, memo to heads of executive departments and agencies, 2009
You wouldn't think that gay rights would be on a collision course with immigration reform. After all, what does one of these things have to do with another?
Oh no, he didn't go there. Even in a political climate where it sometimes appears that anything goes, Bill Richardson crossed the line.
Some in the pro-immigrant left are confused. They can't make up their minds about U.S. citizenship. Is it a necessity or a luxury?
I bet that Paul Ryan is not typically serenaded by mariachis.
We already knew that opponents of immigration reform had no good arguments in favor of preserving the status quo. Now we know they have no shame.
Every gang needs a leader. And what has become undeniably clear in recent days is that the de facto leader of the Gang of Eight is Marco Rubio.
You know a global scenario is serious when even Darth Vader seems scared.
It's a good thing that Barack Obama is only the president of the United States and leader of the free world, and that he doesn't have a really important job like television sportscaster.
In a recent interview on Ketchikan Public Radio in Alaska, Rep. Don Young, the state's only congressman, offered this unhelpful tidbit:
In November 2008, after an ugly campaign that stirred emotions and split families along generational lines, California voters narrowly approved Proposition 8. The ballot initiative defined marriage as between a man and a woman and banned same-sex marriage in the Golden State.
Here are six words I thought I'd never hear myself say: "I can relate to Mick Jagger."
"It's about time!"
Did you think the Republican Party had cornered the market on racism, nativism and ethnic demagoguery? If so, think again.
After the epiphany that the GOP must -- for its own survival amid changing demographics -- learn to talk to Hispanics without offending them, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus made a smart move: He got out of Washington and headed to the Southwest.
It never occurred to me that the chant "U.S.A, U.S.A!" -- something you might hear from enthusiastic sports fans at the World Cup or the Olympics -- could be used as an insult. That is, until I saw (and heard) it for myself.
All those who are hoping that comprehensive immigration reform is going to happen this year -- Latinos, businesses, churches, agriculture industry, law enforcement and others -- are in for a rude awakening.
Sen. Marco Rubio was ready for his close-up, and he got it. Now you know what all the fuss is about.
Being native-born means never having to think about citizenship. Those concerns are for immigrants, either those who are in the U.S. illegally and want a chance to get legal status or those who already have legal status and would like to upgrade to full citizenship and all the perks that come with it, including voting.