Blog Best of the Week 2/14/14

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | February 14, 2014 | 2:04 PM EST

It’s a look at the stories that made the Best of The Week.

Superior Snow and Ice

The East Coast is recovering from another snowstorm during this cold winter.

A winter that has been so cold that Lake Superior may completely freeze over – something that hasn’t happened in over two decades.

Jay Austin, associate professor at the Large Lakes Observatory, expects that record will be broken this winter due to the all-time record of 23 straight days of below-zero temperatures.

A Higher Grade

Temperature grades remain low in most of the U.S. this winter but it warms us to see some high grades being given out – even if it’s just for attendance.

Speaking with reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month, Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) said she was “so relieved when [Obama] won,” and would give Obama an ‘A’ in his second term if he would “just occupy the spot.”

Voting with Convict-ion

Unlike the White House, attendance in prison doesn’t earn you an ‘A’, however in certain states it does take away your ability to vote, something Attorney General Eric Holder would like to change.

“In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books. And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore -- it is also too unjust to tolerate,” Holder told a criminal justice forum at Georgetown University Law Center.

Executive Action on Immigration?

Perhaps Holder can ask President Obama to take executive action on the issue of convicts voting. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) makes no bones about having the president take executive action on immigration issues.

Gutierrez says President Obama "should continue to expand on his executive authority to stop the deportation of certain groups of immigrants in this country.”

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