Program granting work rights for childhood immigrants begins Wednesday
August 14th, 2012
06:46 PM ET

Program granting work rights for childhood immigrants begins Wednesday

By the CNN Wire Staff

Starting Wednesday, people who arrived in the United States as children and without documentation can apply to work without fear of deportation, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Tuesday.

"This afternoon, USCIS makes available online the forms and instructions for individuals who will request deferred action for childhood arrivals," USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters in a conference call.

The announcement comes two months after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that people who arrived in the United States as children may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.


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Jackie Joyner-Kersee: After Olympic success, now make a level playing field for women
Jackie Joyner-Kersee says Jessica Ennis lived up to the pressure she was under to become an Olympic champion.
August 14th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Jackie Joyner-Kersee: After Olympic success, now make a level playing field for women

Editor's note: Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a former long jump and heptathlon U.S. athlete. She has won three Olympic gold medals, one silver and two bronze, and is considered by many to be the greatest female all-round athlete in history.

By Jackie Joyner-Kersee, special to CNN

(CNN) - The 2012 London Olympic Games fostered a generation of hope. I witnessed women participating for the very first time, representing every nation. Congratulations to 800 meter runner Sara Attar and judoka Wokdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani. Shahrkhani represented Saudi Arabia in judo and was among a number of other pioneer women who were part of the very first Olympics in which every country sending a team to London included at least one female athlete.

Their participation and that of athletes from Libya, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, Qatar and other nations exemplifies how far we've come, on a global level. The celebration of 40 years of title IX - legislation that guaranteed equal opportunities in women's college athletics - what a year to celebrate!

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August 14th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Carole Simpson: Advice from the last female presidential debate moderator

Editor's note: Carole Simpson is the leader-in-residence at Emerson College’s School of Communication in Boston, where she teaches journalism and communications classes. She is the first woman or minority to be the sole moderator of a presidential debate, and chronicled her 40 years as a broadcast journalist in her memoir, "Newslady."

By Carole Simpson, Special to CNN

(CNN) -  Congratulations Candy Crowley on being the first female in 20 years to be named moderator of a presidential debate!

CNN's Crowley first woman in two decades to moderate presidential debate

They could not have chosen a more seasoned journalist for this job.

(I have to acknowledge that I am not totally unbiased: Candy and I first met 30 years ago when we covered President Ronald Reagan.)

I remember when I was chosen to moderate the 1992 presidential debate with President George H.W. Bush, businessman Ross Perot and then-Gov. Bill Clinton. I had been covering politics since 1968, was anchor of weekend news at ABC and had covered Clinton and Bush.

It is with that background, that I share some advice.

Don't forget you will be treated differently because you are a woman

There is still a double standard.

People will be hypercritical of how you handle the debate no matter how professional or fair you are.

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Republicans accused me of making Bush look ineffectual, and making Clinton look good.

It was George Bush who replied to a question about the economic recession, “I'm not sure I get it.” I didn’t make him look at his watch during the debate.

I had nothing to do with Bill Clinton working his personal charm on the town hall participants.

Yet, Rush Limbaugh used his radio program to blast my alleged Democratic bias. His speech was so hateful that I received death threats.

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August 14th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Rep. Jackson being treated for bipolar depression, clinic says

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is responding well to treatment for bipolar depression, the Mayo Clinic said Monday.

The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic said Jackson is regaining his strength but offered no further information on his condition.

In early July, the congressman's office announced he was "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder." A few weeks later, his office said he was undergoing an "extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues" at the Mayo Clinic.

Jackson's wife, Sandi, said earlier this month her husband had "good days and bad days" and doctors were increasing his depression medication to "therapeutic levels."

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The Illinois Democrat and son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader, has not been on Capitol Hill since late May.

Jackson and his family have not said much about his ordeal, though his father told The Huffington Post that when he visited his son in Washington in June, he learned the junior Jackson hadn't slept in three days.

What the family thought was exhaustion, the Rev. Jackson said, was "something much deeper, much broader, and it lasted much longer."

Sandi Jackson has firmly denied her husband had attempted suicide or was receiving help for alcohol or drug addiction.

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