Obama to speak in Miami today
President Barack Obama will travel to Florida International University in Miami today to participate in an immigration town hall hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC. Obama is expected to attempt to reassure people in the country illegally that his latest executive action, which would shield up to 5 million people from deportation, stands on strong legal footing. A federal judge in Texas temporarily suspended the order last week, ruling that the president had overstepped his power. The Justice Department has appealed.
Alaska legalizes recreational pot
The recreational use of marijuana became legal in Alaska on Tuesday, but many regulations are still being drafted. Alaska is the third state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana, still a federally prohibited substance. Colorado and the state of Washington have also allowed the recreational use of the drug. In Alaska, people age 21 and older can possess up to an ounce of pot and have up to six plants growing on private property.
Mayor of Chicago forced into runoff
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote in Tuesday's election, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff because it forces him into a runoff against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent who has broad business support, national name recognition and millions of dollars in his campaign fund.
Hindu leader's remarks blasted
The head of a prominent Hindu organization came under criticism Tuesday for remarks he made about Mother Teresa, in which he said that the Nobel Peace laureate's service to the poor in India had been motivated by a desire to convert them to Christianity. Mohan Bhagwat, head of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, made the televised remarks Monday. Opposition politicians criticized Bhagwat. Mother Teresa, an Albanian Roman Catholic nun, died in 1997.