PM Note: Jeb Charges Into Immigration Debate, Going All French on Deficit, Sequester Watch, A White House Petition Success Story

Mar 4, 2013 6:06pm

‘It’s Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking,’ Says White House – And in response to a ‘We the People’ petition, no less – http://abcn.ws/XOQAH7 (Joanna Stern)

Going All French - Sequester + Cliff Deal – “It may be the petit bargain, I guess,” Jay Carney joked today, “if you, you know, go all French.” http://abcn.ws/Z3OVxH

Jeb Rides Again, Makes Immigration Charge - Jeb Bush looked every inch the 2016 contender as he charged into the immigration debate with a new book called “Immigration Wars.” With his definitive opposition to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants he drove to the right of Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. John McCain, Republicans working behind closed doors to seek a bipartisan immigration bill on Capitol Hill.

They’ve endorsed a pathway to citizenship in their efforts with Senate Democrats. And President Obama has said he’ll insist on one.

Jeb’s new position on a pathway to citizenship – back in June of 2012 he told Charlie Rose he’d support a pathway – puts him back in the mainstream of most conservatives on the issue.

But it could also have consequences for bipartisan negotiators if respected Republicans abandon the nascent and fragile compromise principles they are trying to build into a piece of legislation.

Bush’s new position is particularly striking since he has sounded the alarm about how Republicans should work against the fringes of their party on issues like appealing to Latinos and finding bipartisan ways to deal with the debt. But that process does not include a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented, who Bush said should have to return to their home country if they want to become citizens. He envisions a permanent resident status for immigrants here without documentation but who meet a stringent set of criteria.

“It is absolutely vital to the integrity of our immigration system that actions have consequences — in this case, that those who have violated the laws can remain but cannot obtain the cherished fruits of citizenship,” Bush writes in the book, according to Fusion’s Jordan Fabian. http://abcn.ws/13B8eSp

Here is Fabian’s earlier write-up of Jeb’s TV interview today: http://abcn.ws/W00rcr

American Mustache Institute Pushes for Congressional Facial-Hair Caucus - Spurred by a whiff of news that Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, wants a caucus for senators with facial hair, the American Mustache Institute is pushing King to make good on his recent comment. http://abcn.ws/XSy65t (Chris Good)

Waiting for Sequester -Wondering if sequestration will make wait times at your airport even longer on your day of travel? Two government websites help passengers plan ahead for lengthy lines or a speedy trip.http://abcn.ws/Xm2Zmg (Sarah Parnass)

Obama Vows to Manage Sequester ‘As Best We Can’-President Obama today vowed to continue working with Republicans to develop a long-term deficit reduction plan, while making it clear that the sequester – the automatic government spending cuts that kicked in over the weekend – would not prevent him from pursuing his broader second-term agenda. http://abcn.ws/Ypackg (Mary Bruce)

Politicians in Forbes Billionaires List - Some say that there is a lot of money in politics. Well, according to the Forbes 2013 Billionaires List, there are many politicians who have a lot of money, too. http://abcn.ws/YQPGbx  (Jilian Fama)

26 Years Ago Today, Reagan Addressed the U.S. on Iran Contra – This Week in History- http://abcn.ws/Z3cYwN (Jilian Fama)
Obama Announces Trio of Cabinet Level Positions – Rounding out his second-term Cabinet, President Obama today announced his picks to run the budget office, Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Department. http://abcn.ws/WHmckm (Mary Bruce)
Immigration Activists Go Virtual With Social Media Leading the ‘March’ – Tens of thousands of people skipped work in 2006 to march in immigration-rights rallies across the country and on the National Mall in Washington.  http://abcn.ws/Wraiuq (Anjuli Sastry)

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