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WASHINGTON – The number of foreign students in the U.S. grew 8 percent this year to a record 886,052, and Arizona colleges more than kept pace with a 16 percent increase in the same period, a new report says.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.
Republicans attending the postelection lunch at Obama's invitation said they asked him for more time to work on legislation, but the president said his patience was running out. He underscored his intent to act on his own by the end of the year if they don't approve legislation to ease deportations before then and send it to him to sign.
The Republicans' approach, three days after they resoundingly won control of the Senate in midterm elections, "seemed to fall on deaf ears," Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said in a telephone interview. "The president instead of being contrite or saying in effect to America, 'I hear you,' as a result of the referendum on his policies that drove this last election, he seems unmoved and even defiant."
"I don't know why he would want to sabotage his last two years as president by doing something this provocative," said Cornyn. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week said the president's stance was "like waving a red flag in front of a bull."
Obama press secretary Josh Earnest said there was no reason that executive action on immigration should kill opportunities for the president and Republicans to find common ground.
"I could stand up here and say Republicans to vote once again for the 50th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that that's playing with fire or waving a red flag in front of a bull. I'm not really sure what that means," Earnest said.
The White House said lawmakers went home from the meeting with a parting gift — a six-pack of beer brewed at the White House. The White House also said Obama laid out three areas where he and Congress could work together before the end of the year — emergency funding to combat the Ebola outbreak, approval of a federal budget and quick action on spending to fight the Islamic State militant group.
House Speaker John Boehner's office said he told Obama he was ready to work with the president on a new authorization for military force against the IS group if the president worked to build bipartisan support. The White House announced soon after lunch ended that the U.S. was sending as many as 1,500 more troops to Iraq to serve as advisers, trainers and security personnel as part of the mission. Obama is also asking Congress for more than $5 billion to help fund the fight.
Friday's two-hour meeting was tense at times, according to a senior House Republican aide. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, about to lose his grip on the upper chamber, barely said a word, the aide said. The aide said at one point as House Speaker John Boehner was making an argument on immigration, Obama responded that his patience was running out and Vice President Joe Biden interrupted to ask how long Republicans needed. Obama angrily cut Biden off, the aide said.
The aide was not authorized to describe the back-and-forth publicly by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.
Publicly Obama's tone was more upbeat as he opened the gathering. He pledged to work on ending long-running partisan gridlock and to be open to Republican ideas. The president said the lunch was a chance to "explore where we can make progress" after Americans showed in the midterm elections that they wanted to see more accomplished in Washington.
"They'd like to see more cooperation," Obama said, sitting at the middle of 13 lawmakers in the Old Family Dining Room set with the Truman china. "And I think all of us have the responsibility, me in particular, to try to make that happen."
Reporters were ushered out before any lawmaker spoke or the lunch of sea bass was served. Republican descriptions of the meeting were provided after they returned to Capitol Hill.
For the record, Boehner's office said he suggested that the president should back a Republican jobs bill as a starting place for bipartisan action.
Obama said at the start he was interested in "hearing and sharing ideas" for compromise on measures to boost the economy, then mentioned his personal priorities of college affordability and investment in road and building projects. He also touted improved monthly job growth numbers out Friday as evidence his economic policies are working, saying, "We're doing something right here."
Briefings on Ebola and the Islamic State from Pentagon officials dominated much of the meeting, and the immigration debate was said to have lasted about half an hour. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Republicans told Obama that any executive order, particularly on immigration but any issue, would be a "toxic decision."
"He still hasn't come to grips with the reality of the election and the consequences of the election," Barrasso said. "His tone and tenor didn't seem to reflect that of somebody whose policies were just significantly rejected all across the country just three days ago."
The college student-led Hong Kong protest has captured the attention of many in the Valley, especially Hong Kong students who are attending college here. Some people hope that the protesters will achieve their goals, while some hope that local students living in a comfortable environment will learn from it. There are others too who aren’t overly supportive of the protests.
For a 17-year-old, it’s not uncommon to have a job. But a job that requires them to work 31 hours per week along with traveling out of state once a month and occasionally out of the country? That isn’t so common.
The Mesa Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors to go abroad.
Pei Wei Asian Diner
1085 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 1; (480) 812-2230
7131 W. Ray Road, Bldg. 1, Suite 3; (480) 940-3800
A chain restaurant with more than 165 stores across 20 states, Pei Wei Asian Diner knows how to dish up cuisine that sources its inspiration in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Thailand. Featuring two locations in Chandler, Pei Wei is a convenient place for Chandler residents to enjoy tasty lettuce wraps, sushi, dan dan noodle bowls and orange peel chicken.
3111 W. Chandler Blvd.
(480) 792-1711 or KonaGrill.com
Tott’s Asian Diner
4030 W. Ray Road
(480) 897-7928 or TottsAsianDiner.com
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Wayne Whitlock of Glendale, your ‘Wayne’s World’ is apparently not the same world the rest of us have to live in, I’m thinking. Here are a couple things you probably should take a moment to ponder upon:
Arizona State University reports record enrollment for the fall semester, with increases in transfers, international students and veterans.
What if we had the chance to pursue a course of action that would strengthen our national security, boost our economy permanently and didn’t cost taxpayers anything? It would be a no-brainer. Yet the Obama administration still resists maximizing our natural gas resources for our strategic and economic advantage.
Daughters whose mothers have died can attend a six-session workshop at Hospice of the Valley every Wednesday starting Aug. 6.
When legal immigrants arrived at Ellis Island and were sick, they were sent back. Today, illegal immigrants are given health care better than many veterans.
The Team America song, “Pearl Harbor,” probably said it best when the lyrics asked, “Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies?” Unfortunately the answer is that the infamous director’s films continue to make a crap-ton of money, despite how god-awful bad most of them are; and when it comes to the amount of moola his latest flick, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is likely to make, I’m certain it will be no exception.
I recently had the chance to chat with lion trainer Alexander Lacey, from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that’s performing at US Airways Center through Monday.
My grandmother always set a beautiful Passover table. The linen was crisp and the glasses sparkled. A plate of matzoh, unleavened bread, covered with an embroidered cloth, graced the table. So did a tray of vegetables reserved for young stomachs. My grandfather presided over the service from the head of the table, with Gramma at the other end, close to the kitchen. In the center of the table sat the seder plate with its crimson and gold border, and in its centre, at the heart of all the finery, sat the shank bone.
NEW YORK — Getting people onboard a cruise ship can be tough. They fear bland buffets, debilitating stomach bugs and a crowd whose idea of excitement is playing canasta.
It’s getting too hot to hit garage sales, but that doesn’t have to stop you from finding great deals, thanks to the My Sister’s Attic re-opening celebration May 31 in the Fulton Promenade, 4955 S. Alma School Road, Chandler.
Thousands of students picked up their diplomas this week from Mesa Public Schools’ collection of high schools, but just two left after earning one of Arizona’s most renowned scholarships.
I have read, in letter to editor sections, of Arizonans frustrated with our quality of education. It can be improved, especially in the elementary school level, the formative years.
Canadian-based Wok Box, which currently has locations in Gilbert and Scottsdale, recently began construction on its third location in Chandler. The restaurant is expected to open in July at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Germann roads.
Speaking as a mom and a chef, let me assure you — one of the nicest things you can do for Mom on Mother's Day is cook for her. Something sweet is best. And my candidate? Comforting, traditional rice pudding.
Sunday, April 20
NEW YORK — It's been a year since Sheryl Sandberg came out with "Lean In," her best-selling manifesto for working women. Since then, over 1.75 million copies have been sold; the book's out in 28 languages, and will be in eight more by the end of 2014 (a deal was just made for a Kurdish edition.)
NEW YORK — Brittney Griner had a busy WNBA offseason. She played in China, vacationed in Miami and watched from courtside while favorite player LeBron James beat her hometown Houston Rockets.
FILE - In this March 26, 2013, file photo, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey embraces Brittney Griner (42) as Griner leaves the game late in the second half of a second-round game against Florida State in the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Waco, Texas. Griner's busy WNBA offseason included competing in China, her first vacation in Miami and courtside seats to watch favorite player LeBron James. The slam-dunking Griner can add published author to her list of achievements with "In My Skin," which chronicles her love of basketball and struggles with bullying, sexuality and family acceptance. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)