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Sam Stein

Bitter Fights Over DHS Brought Down A Democrat In 2002. Could It Happen To The GOP In 2016? | Sam Stein | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 13 years later, it remains one of the most infamous campaign ads of the post 9/11 era. A 30-second spot that then-Rep. Saxby ...

Elise Foley

John Boehner Shrugs On Possible DHS Shutdown: 'I'm Waiting For The Senate' | Elise Foley | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than 48 hours left to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled We...

The Homeland Security Impasse

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republicans promised things would get better if they were put in charge of Congress. Yet, due to a lack of leadership and seemingly irresolvable differences among their members, they are holding up funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which is set to run out this Friday.

GOP Lawmakers Clash Over Shutdown

Politico | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

A tense debate broke out during a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans on Tuesday, a sign of the serious hurdles GOP leaders face ahead of a crit...

Elise Foley

Senate Republicans Offer Deal On DHS Funding | Elise Foley | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Almost as quickly as it came about, a plan from Senate Republican leaders to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security has...

What a Funding Lapse at DHS Means to You

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

The current congressional stalemate over funding the Department of Homeland Security past the end of the week has real-world implications for everyone in this country. DHS's primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of all U.S. residents. Anything that disrupts that mission puts all of us in danger.

Elise Foley

Mitch McConnell Unveils Plan B Against Obama Immigration Actions | Elise Foley | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate finally appears to have a Plan B -- or at least the beginnings of one -- to break the standstill on funding the Department of...

Big Bills vs. Little Bills

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It is amusing for Democrats to watch the "Ted Cruz wing" of the GOP try to defend their big DHS bill, just as it will be amusing to watch them howl later this week when it gets split in two. All a Democrat will have to do to really rub it in will be to say, "But you've been saying all along that immigration reform can only be done one tiny step at a time!"

Elise Foley

Days Before DHS Funding Runs Out, The Post-Shutdown Debate Is Heating Up | Elise Foley | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- TSA agents would remain in airports, patrol agents would still be manning the border and Coast Guard officers would continue monitoring ...

Obama Issues Big Warning

Reuters | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

(Recasts with Republican comments, Senate vote) By David Lawder and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - A shor...

Elise Foley

Obama Administration Moves To Overturn Judge's Immigration Ruling | Elise Foley | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice officially filed on Monday an appeal and a request for a stay of a judge's recent decision to block President ...

New Republican Congress Is a Dangerous Failure

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Give us a majority, and we'll show you what the GOP can do. That was the basic sales premise of the midterm elections. Controlling both chambers of Congress, Republicans would show Americans that their party is a governing party.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The GOP wasted no time in creating yet another self-induced government shutdown showdown. Not even two full months into their control of Congress, and they are pushing a critical federal department towards shutting down, all in an effort to make a political point.

Escape Hatch, Can Kick or Shutdown?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of President Obama's new immigration policy, which has thrown a curve ball into the Republican congressional strategy of having a big political battle over immigration next week.

Congress Ought to Be Ashamed: Stop Playing Politics With Our National Security

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Republicans and Democrats are playing politics with U.S. national security. Senate Democrats may be blocking debate right now, but it was the House Republican caucus that passed an appropriations bill for the Homeland Security Department knowing full well that Democrats would refuse to support it.

'Green News Report' - February 12, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Eleventh time's the charm: House GOP passes the Keystone XL bill -- again; Apple Computers invests big in big solar; and record snow in Boston with more on the way.

John Boehner: DHS Shutdown 'Would Be Bad,' But It Could Happen

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he couldn't rule out a possible shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security. The AP reports Boehner sa...

Sam Stein

House Republicans Plead With Mitch McConnell To Weaken Filibuster | Sam Stein | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Stymied in their attempts to pass a bill that would curb President Barack Obama's immigration orders, some conservative House Republican...

Boehner and McConnell Argue Over Who Should Cave First

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The emerging dynamic between John Boehner and Mitch McConnell is one to watch, because it is heading for a showdown in the next few weeks. Sooner or later, one of them is going to have to cave in to the hard, cold reality that Republicans just do not have the votes to impose their will on a Democratic president.

White House Hits 'Irresponsible' GOP

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that it was "irresponsible for Republicans in Congress" to play politics with fundi...

Elise Foley

John Boehner On DHS Funding: 'Ask The Senate Democrats When They're Going To Get Off Their Ass' | Elise Foley | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) showed no signs Wednesday of wavering on immigration measures in the funding bill for the Department...

Sam Stein

Homeland Security Chief Says 30,000 Will Be Furloughed If Department Shuts Down | Sam Stein | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Sunday that he would have to furlough at least 30,000 workers if Congress does not agree...

The Shame Of America's Family Detention Camps

The New York Times | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

The president’s new policies apply only to immigrants who have been in the United States for more than five years; they do nothing to address the em...

Elise Foley

House Republicans To Senate: We Did Our Job On DHS Funding, Now You Do Yours | Elise Foley | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate failed a third time on Thursday to move forward with a House-passed bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security ...

Republicans' Losing Game on Homeland Security Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress have, once again, successfully painted themselves into a corner. Even though they've done exactly this previously (in exactly the same way), they now have absolutely no idea how to get out of this dilemma (which they created for themselves).