FROM Joseph Budzinski
Administration Tightens Screws on Undocumented, Employers " Comprehensive Immigration Reform " was a big loser this year for President Bush and many Democrats, mostly because it included a pathway to legalization for 12 million undocumented workers, which was denounced as "amnesty." Now the Administration has announced a multi-agency crackdown to begin in the next 30 days, with measures that include new pressure on employers to fire illegal immigrant workers. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warns that tough enforcement will cause economic pain, but that employers should have seen it coming. Opponents say it'll make things worse. Supporters say it's about time. We debate the impact on the construction industry and grocery prices. Can local communities take matters into their own hands?
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?