FROM Ernest Istook
The 14th Amendment, Illegal Immigration and the Republican Party South Carolina’s Republican Senator Lindsey Graham created a furor last month by saying that people come to this country “ to have babies .” He said, “it’s called drop and leave,” suggesting that families go home after their newborns have become citizens of the United States under the 14th Amendment . Republicans John McCain and Mitch McConnell have joined Graham’s call for hearings on amending the amendment. Is the current dispute about race? Will it play a role in the November elections?
Illegal Immigration, the 14th Amendment and the Republican Party Anyone born in the US is a citizen of the United States, even if the parents are illegal immigrants. That's the way the 14th Amendment has been applied. Now some Republicans want to amend the amendment, while some say the children of illegals could be factored out by an act of Congress. But other Republicans, including aides to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, say "birthright citizenship" is a proud legacy of the GOP and unique to America. The 14th Amendment gave equal rights to blacks. Is the current dispute about race? Will it play a role in November's elections?
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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.