Can a Small Woman Carry a Large Man in Combat? The Atlantic Wire takes an exchange between Martha Raddatz and George Will from This Week, consults Youtube, and concludes that yes, it is pretty common (and is apparently a fetish for some people) for smaller people to carry larger people. http://bit.ly/XGHY0L
Ghosts of Immigration Deals Past –
FLASHBACK – April of 2006 - An immigration deal announced by Bill Frist and Harry Reid lasted about a day (check out the Rick Klein Boston Globe byline) http://bo.st/TNufuv
FLASHBACK – May 17, 2007 - Then-White House correspondent Martha Raddatz leads World News with report on bipartisan immigration deal complete with bipartisan Senate press conf. included – abcn.ws/X9xA3o
Also of note – back in 2007, Lindsey Graham accused none other than Barack Obama of slipping immigration reform a poison pill – http://abcn.ws/SZUfBb
Keep those in your hip pocket as you read forward today, when senators announced the framework of a bipartisan deal… and tomorrow, when President Obama heads to Las Vegas to unveil his path forward…
Full Coverage of the Senate Deal from ABC News / Univision –
A bipartisan group of senators on Monday formally unveiled their proposal to drastically overhaul the nation’s immigration system, with the hope of passing a bill out of the Senate by late spring or early summer.
“We believe this will be the year Congress finally gets it done,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the members of the so-called “Gang of Eight” said during a press conference on Capitol Hill.
Five of the eight members of the group — Schumer, Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Marco Rubio,R-Fla., and John McCain,R-Ariz. — appeared at the press conference intended to outline their immigration proposal. The proposal would provide a path to citizenship for many of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants while upping border security and cracking down on businesses that hire workers who are not legally present in the U.S.
Here’s the full story from Univision’s Jordan Fabian – http://abcn.ws/116JG2Z
What’s in the Senate Proposal? - And the diffference between ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘Piecemeal’ – http://abcn.ws/113q1BW
What’s the Opposition? Rush: It’s up to me and Fox News to stop this thing…” – “I don’t know that there’s any stopping this. It’s up to me and Fox News, and I don’t think Fox News is that invested in this. I don’t think there’s any Republican opposition to this of any majority consequence or size. We’ll have to wait and see and find out. But this is one of those, just keep plugging away, plugging away, plugging away until you finally beat down the opposition. http://bit.ly/WxKVBD
What About the House? SHHHH! – They’re Working on a Bipartisan Agreement Too – But it’s a secret. Also secret – which bipartisan lawmakers are working on it. Here’s what John Parkinson reports:
“The discussions, which top aides close to the talks discussed on the condition that they not be identified, are described as “Washington’s best-kept secret.” Last week, House Speaker John Boehner spilled the beans on the secret group, revealing that the lawmakers had been “meeting for three or four years now” and that they are almost ready to present their proposals publicly.
“They basically have an agreement. I’ve not seen the agreement. I don’t know all the pitfalls, but it’s, in my view, the right group of members,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told the Ripon Society last week during remarks that were closed to the press, as first reported by The Hill. “My theory was that if these folks could work this out, it’d be a big step in the right direction.”"http://bit.ly/WnjOfg
DREAMers React to the New Immigration Framework – http://uninews.us/T16fT0
On Securing the Border – Jason Ryan points to this: Last Thursday DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano addressed the issue of border security at an event at the Woodrow Wilson center.
Napolitano: “One of the straw-man arguments I now hear is, well, we can’t deal with immigration till we, quote, secure the border, right? You’ve heard that phrase. Well, the plain fact of the matter is that border numbers haven’t been as low since the early 1970s. We’ve really changed the — that aspect of the border, more manpower, more technology. We now have air cover across the entire border. We’re getting to the point of diminishing marginal returns. What would really help us is if we could improve the legal migration systems so that people come through our ports of entry, we know who they are; we know where they’re going; if necessary, we know how long they’re entitled to stay. So we shouldn’t take these things as a — sequentially. They go together. They are interlinked.”
LeBron James at the White House: ‘Mama, I Made It!’-It’s LeBron James’ world and we’re all just living in it, according to President Obama, who honored the NBA champion Miami Heat today at the White House. http://abcn.ws/WxDRoy (Mary Bruce)
What the Bqhatevwr - http://abcn.ws/VMGR1O
Chick-fil-A CEO and Gay Activist Are Now Friends - The leader of a national gay-rights group says he’s coming out-as a friend of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. “I’ve gotten to know Dan, he’s gotten to know me. He’s shared concerns about young people, about Chick-fil-A being used for certain purposes,” Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, told ABC News. http://abcn.ws/WxuchC (Chris Good)
Obama Talks Gun Violence With Police Chiefs From Mass-Shooting Towns- President Obama is enlisting the help of police chiefs from communities devastated by mass shootings as he continues a public push for Congress to act on his proposals to curb gun violence.http://abcn.ws/X9pWWF (Mary Bruce)
Tom Tancredo Won’t Smoke Pot, After All-Tom Tancredo has just said “no.”
Under pressure from his wife and grandchildren, the former GOP congressman will renege on a public pledge to smoke marijuana, which he made after losing a bet on Colorado’s pot-legalization initiative on Election Day. http://abcn.ws/14o8C5B (Chris Good)
This Week In History-Does this week seem like any other week? Well, think again. Check out some of the most important political events that happened this week in history.http://abcn.ws/ViKkU4 (Jilian Fama)
President Obama and Secretary Clinton on Syria: U.S. Needs to Be Careful-President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in their wide-ranging joint interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” defended what some critics have called the administration’s unwillingness to engage in the world, particularly on Syria, which Clinton called a “wicked problem.”http://abcn.ws/14mbHDd (Dana Hughes and Mary Bruce)
GAO to Release Report on Wasteful Government Spending -The Government Accountability Office is due to produce its biannual report on the areas of the government that present the highest risk for squandering tax payer dollars in the next couple weeks. Though the GAO does not preview this list ahead of time, here’s a look at what might be targeted. http://abcn.ws/113unca (Sarah Parnass)