Pushing for Immigration Reform from the Right
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A coalition of conservatives is on Capitol Hill today to lobby Republicans for immigration reform. They range from the Chamber of Commerce to evangelicals who've been "praying 4 reform," which they say does not mean "amnesty." Can they move enough GOP members to get House leaders to allow a vote on bipartisan measures? Also, Did the White House Approve Spying on ally leaders? On Today's Talking Point, a first-hand account of American Special Forces hunting for warlord Joseph Kony in the jungles of Congo.
Banner image: Republican tax reformer Grover Norquist is among those calling for immigration reform. Photo: Gage Skidmore
Did the White House OK Spying on Ally Leaders? ()
President Obama has tried to distance himself from American spying on foreign leaders. Now, US intelligence officers are pushing back, claiming the White House and the State Department signed off last summer on the targeting of phone conversations by friendly foreign leaders. That's according to Ken Dilanian, national security correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
Immigration Reform: A Push from the Right ()
A so-called "conservative fly-in" of 600 corporate executives, police chiefs, farmers and evangelicals rallied at the Chamber of Commerce office on Capitol Hill today. They're smaller in number than the crowds of immigration advocates who've appeared on the Washington Mall, but this time some Republicans might be listening. About 80 GOP members may need the support of Latino voters badly enough to agree to some form of legalization and a "path to citizenship." Does this leadership-lobby have the clout to get immigration reform moving again? Does it have the backing of its own grassroots members?
- Alan Gomez: USA Today, @alangomez
- Galen Carey: National Association of Evangelicals, @GalenCarey
- Mark Krikorian: Center for Immigration Studies, @MarkSKrikorian
- Frank Sharry: America's Voice, @FrankSharry
- Ruben Navarrette, Jr.: Washington Post Writers Group, @RubenNavarrette
Today's Talking Point
US Troops Aid Effort to Capture African Warlord Joseph Kony ()
The video Kony 2012, released last year by a group called "Invisible Children," was viewed 88 million times in its first month. The activists behind it helped secure a little-known commitment of 100 American Special Forces to capture or kill an African war lord who is no threat to the United States but who kidnaps children and trains them to terrorize local villages. In the Washington Post, Rajiv Chandrasekaran describes a 15-hour trek in a rainstorm through suffocating jungle in Congo. It happened last month, and it was the first time American Special operations advisers provided field support in the hunt for Joseph Kony, who leads the Lord's Resistance Army.
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