Malalai Joya, one of Afghanistan's most famous woman, who was just denied a visa for a book tour to the U.S. Having successfully applied for a U.S. visa four times before, this time it is not about Joya, but about the war in Afghanistan.
Congress is responding to the companies who can afford to lobby and not bothering to seek the opinions of entrepreneurial inventors -- for whom the patent system was created over 200 years ago by a single sentence in the Constitution.
The Refugee Protection Act remains stuck somewhere in the legislative pipeline and not somewhere immigrants can yet "line up and wait their turn just like everyone else" to come to the Land of the Free.
Unlike their straight neighbors, gay Americans do not have the ability to sponsor their spouses or partners for residency in the United States. As a result, many of them are facing imminent separation.
"Mr. Chairman, and my fellow members of this committee: I'll keep my statement brief today, so that we'll all have an opportunity to engage in the kind of detailed questioning of the nominee that has been this committee's trademark."