The morning of Jan. 31 will bring a distinctive celestial event to the skies over Hawaii: a lunar eclipse. During the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon,” the eclipse will be visible starting at 12:51 a.m. with a very faint shadow beginning to cross the face of the moon. The total eclipse will run from 2:51–4:07 a.m. During the total eclipse, the moon will look red. Because of the red color of a lunar eclipse, popular media started calling the phenomena a “blood moon.”
WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” Perhaps today’s 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one of America’s oldest debates, in which James Madison was an early participant: By what criteria should we decide who is worthy to come amongst us?
The states created the national government and for the sake of the union the states relinquished their absolute individual power and sovereignty to that newly created federal government. The Supremacy Clause is the most important guarantor of national unity. Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the U.S. Constitution establishes that the federal Constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws.
Beautiful gifts wrapped in pretty paper and bows recently filled our homes and workplaces as we celebrated the holidays. The anticipation of what was hidden inside, as well as the joy of receiving a new treasure, made the season enjoyable for many. Personally, I was also given a very different type of gift. And trust me, “gift” was the furthest word from my mind as I went through a great challenge throughout the holidays.