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June 22, 2012

Immigration: Mitt Romney promises green cards he can’t cash

  • promise Mitt Romney’s finally laid out concrete immigration reform: Promising green cards to immigrants receiving advanced degrees in math or science, and the parents of permanent citizens.
  • problem  It’s unclear whether Mitt could actually reform who receives green cards, even if he was president, without the Congress’s backing, as they set the year visa limits for foreigners each year. source

» He still has options, though: He could always do what Obama did and issue an executive order, despite Republicans slamming Obama for using his executive powers to enact immigration reform. A little surprising Romney wants to help the families of the oft-decried “anchor babies” of immigrant parents. Unsurprising? Mitt still wants to build a “high-tech fence” across the Mexican-American border.

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11:06 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2012
Why today really, really sucks for Attorney General Eric Holder
Eric Holder facing contempt resolution: With the ongoing “Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking saga reaching a head in Congress, Holder will likely face a contempt resolution from the the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — the one led by Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the harshest "Fast and Furious" critics. Holder knows what’s coming — he sent a letter to Obama asking the president to claim executive privilege on the documents in the case, which the president granted (though the committee hasn’t received). Problem is, the committee is still moving forward — in particular, Issa won’t back down. Sweat, meet brow. (photo by Ryan J. Reilly) source
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Eric Holder facing contempt resolution: With the ongoing “Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking saga reaching a head in Congress, Holder will likely face a contempt resolution from the the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — the one led by Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the harshest "Fast and Furious" critics. Holder knows what’s coming — he sent a letter to Obama asking the president to claim executive privilege on the documents in the case, which the president granted (though the committee hasn’t received). Problem is, the committee is still moving forward — in particular, Issa won’t back down. Sweat, meet brow. (photo by Ryan J. Reilly) source

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10:37 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2012

Video of the morning: As JPMorgan Chase head Jamie Dimon was getting grilled in front of the Senate Banking Committee, a bunch of liberal activists showed up, shouting “STOP FORECLOSURES NOW!” (among other things) before getting kicked out. In case you’d like to watch this ongoing event, click over here.

11:18 // 1 year ago
1:34 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2012
Now I feel like George Bailey after Uncle Billy admitted he lost the money. Like George, knowing my misplaced trust has negatively impacted so many people is heartrending. Unlike George, I am not tempted to jump off a bridge. Instead, I remember my late father’s rule: ‘You clean up your own mess.’
Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter • Writing, in an op-ed piece for the Detroit News, about his plans to run as a write-in candidate for his own seat after failing to secure enough signatures to run for a sixth term. The guitar-slinging McCotter made a pretty major tactical error last year, choosing to run for president at a time when his national profile was very low and the candidate pool was already very large, and making it barely three months on the campaign trail. Now he has just $200,000 to run a write-in campaign for Congress — to put it simply, his odds don’t look very good. (The full letter is worth a gander, by the way … it’s a lengthy riff on “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starts with a quote from John Lennon. See, this guy knows his pop culture!)
10:01 // 1 year ago
April 29, 2012
In which the WaPo’s opinion section isn’t afraid of pinning the blame for Congress’ ongoing gridlock. Note that this article, by Brookings’ Thomas E. Mann and the American Enterprise Institute Norman J. Ornstein, has 5,000+ comments.

In which the WaPo’s opinion section isn’t afraid of pinning the blame for Congress’ ongoing gridlock. Note that this article, by Brookings’ Thomas E. Mann and the American Enterprise Institute Norman J. Ornstein, has 5,000+ comments.

8:32 // 1 year ago
April 26, 2012
The American people expect their Government to enhance security without undermining their privacy and civil liberties. Without clear legal protections and independent oversight, information sharing legislation will undermine the public’s trust in the Government as well as in the Internet by undermining fundamental privacy, confidentiality, civil liberties, and consumer protections.
A statement from The White House • Which included specific reasoning as to why President Obama does not support Congress’ newest efforts to regulate the internet. The President believes the legislation, called CIPSA, is too far-reaching, does not include adequate limitations on the transference of personal information between private companies and the government, and unfairly shields companies from lawsuits pertaining to possible misuse of consumers’ private data. “The Administration looks forward to continuing to engage with the Congress in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to enact cybersecurity legislation to address these critical issues,” said the White House, continuing, “however, for the reasons stated herein, if H.R. 3523 were presented to the President, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.” source (viafollow)
15:01 // 1 year ago
April 11, 2012
22:24 // 2 years ago
April 4, 2012
14:44 // 2 years ago
April 1, 2012
The establishment folks in Washington, D.C., they’re in the bubble and they see the world very, very differently than we do and I think most Americans do. And we’re going to continue to go out and try to elect conservatives to the presidency and that’s what we’re focused on.
Rick Santorum • Responding to political types suggesting he should drop out, days before the Wisconsin primary. Santorum says he’s in it until Mitt Romney clearly has enough delegates to win — something that likely won’t happen until June, based on how things are going so far. Romney just won another endorsement, this time from Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (no relation), a show of support that has Santorum on the defensive.
20:06 // 2 years ago