FROM Gary Segura
Playing Politics with Homeland Security Just hours after Republicans won control of the Senate last November, the new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised no more government shutdowns. But the budget for the Department of Homeland Security still hasn't passed — and the current money runs out on Friday. Republicans are divided over what to do to protest the President's unilateral action on immigration. At stake is the budget for Homeland Security -- including the Border Patrol, the Coast Guard and the TSA. Democrats are warning about a terrorist threat to Minnesota's Mall of America and the need for FEMA workers in the snowbound Northeast. It's politics and public safety with time running out: the deadline is Friday.
Immigration Reform: A Mixed Bag for Republicans Immigration reform means one thing to Republicans on Capitol Hill and something else to the GOP's chances of winning the White House in 2016. When Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Congressional seat in last week's Virginia primary to a tea partier, conventional wisdom blamed his willingness to work with Democrats for some immigration reform. But Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, an outspoken proponent of "comprehensive" reform, won in South Carolina without being forced into a run-off. Although "comprehensive" reform is being declared "dead" in Congress, smaller steps are alive and well in many state legislatures also controlled by the GOP. What are the lessons for the Republican Party? We hear how a new generation of so-called "Dreamers" has learned to play a nonpartisan game to accomplish their interests.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?