FROM Nicole Gaouette
Mideast Envoy George Mitchell Resigns Former Senator George Mitchell brokered peace in Northern Ireland, but he's stepping down after two years as President Obama's special Mideast envoy. Nicole Gaouette reports on foreign policy for Bloomberg News .
Government Testers Sneak Bomb Parts Past Screeners The head of the Transportation Security Administration told Congress today that airport screeners are not the only layer of defense for American airports. This comes after yesterday's revelation that investigators smuggled liquid-based bomb components past security guards at 19 airports. Nicole Gaouette reports from Washington for the Los Angeles Times .
Administration Attempts to Relax Visa Regulations for Farmworkers Yesterday's Los Angeles Times reported that a shortage of farm workers threatens to leave un-harvested fruits and vegetables rotting in fields nationwide. The Departments of Labor , State and Homeland Security say they're trying to help farmers who are threatened with a shortage of workers to harvest crops. It's all about the complex process required for hiring legal workers and the stepped up enforcement that’s cutting supplies of illegal ones.
Talk Radio and the Immigration Debate The immigration bill now in the Senate would beef up border security, create a guest-worker program and create new rules for newcomers, but a new poll shows that 65% of Americans think it's all about "amnesty" for 12 million undocumented workers. The legislation is supported by President Bush and a fragile coalition of Democrats and Republicans who are feeling the heat of grassroots campaigning by the conservative right wing. Both Republican Senators from Georgia started out as co-sponsors, but backed off after an onslaught of phone calls, e-mails, faxes and letters sparked, in part, by conservative talk radio. How influential are these and how did get that way? When did they break ranks with President Bush?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.