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Key House Republicans Give Up On Immigration Reform Gang
The chances of comprehensive immigration reform becoming a reality in the near future are increasingly unlikely. The group of lawmakers working on the issue in the House of Representatives shrank to five today after Rep. John Carter (R-TX) and Sam Johnson (R-TX) pulled out of the bipartisan gang of
Traffic Jams and Cantaloupes for Immigration Reform
Forty-one activists blocked traffic in front of the Capitol on Thursday morning, hoping to prod Congress into action on an immigration reform. Specifically, one that offers citizenship to the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants. After sitting down in the middle of the street and
Congresswoman's 'Miracle' Baby Defying Potter's Syndrome Odds
Facing long odds after a heartbreaking prenatal diagnosis, Rep. Jaimie Herrera Beutler has announced the birth of her daughter, Abigail Rose Beutler, who suffers from a rare medical condition known as Potter’s syndrome. “With great joy, gratitude and hope, we are pleased to share with...
The Note: Will Harry Reid Nuke The Senate?
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES DUCK AND COVER: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set up a potentially “nuclear” showdown with Republicans over President Obama’s executive nominees for next week, ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ reports. Reid filed cloture Thursday on seven executive ...
5 Signs That the Immigration Debate Is About to Get Ugly
Republican representatives huddled on Wednesday to talk strategy, but the message was basically the same as it's been from the start: a big immigration bill that allows undocumented immigrants to become citizens isn't going anywhere in the House. One thing that appears to be changing is the tone of
House GOP Unmoved by Senate Immigration Vote
If you needed a reminder that comprehensive immigration reform faces an uphill climb in the House of Representatives, look no further than the words of two members who have been working on the issue for years. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla who's helping craft an immigration bill in the House, said
Grilling Season Starts Early On Capitol Hill (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THE PLOT THICKENS (AGAIN): The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted Tea Party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation, ABC’s JOHN PARKINSON ...
Immigration Overhaul: Senate Moves Forward, House Plays Catch-Up
After three days of immigration bill markups, the Senate Judiciary Committee appears to be steadily plowing ahead, while the House group finally makes headway on its own bipartisan proposal. The House bipartisan group that seemed to have stalled earlier today announced it is finally moving...
Beyonce and Jay-Z's Trip to Cuba Was Legal, Treasury Department Says
The mystery of whether Beyonce and Jay-Z's wedding anniversary trip to Cuba was legal has been solved. The Treasury Department says the power couple's trip to Cuba was authorized under a licensed program that encourages "meaningful contacts" with the Cuban people. The acknowledgment was made in
Name Change: Candidates Ditch Their Birth-Names, Run for Office on Made-Up Names
At opposite ends of the country, two House candidates, with vastly different agendas, are running under names they made up themselves. Voters in South Florida's 25th Congressional District will see an unfamiliar option on congressional ballots today: 32-year-old first-time candidate