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Republicans Humiliate Boehner, Tee-Up Next Week's National Crisis

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Humiliating their leader again, House Republicans rejected Speaker John Boehner's last minute, desperate attempt to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for three weeks

Obama Signs Bill To Fund DHS Through Next Friday

AP | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a sho...

Here's What Will Happen If The DHS Shuts Down

Reuters | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

Feb 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of...

Mark Blumenthal

Why It's Hard To Predict Who Would Get Blamed For A DHS Shutdown | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics

On Friday afternoon, House Republicans said no to a funding bill that would have kept the Department of Homeland Security in business for another thre...

Elise Foley

House Can't Even Agree To Fund DHS For 3 Weeks | Elise Foley | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House Republican effort to punt on Department of Homeland Security funding failed on the floor Friday, leaving the GOP leadership in a...

Elise Foley

Senate Passes DHS Funding As House GOP Kicks Can Down The Road | Elise Foley | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved funding for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday morning, less than 24 hours before a shutdown. But the...

Own Goal

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Here's the irony of the Homeland Security funding fiasco. The Republicans have found their groove.

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...

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...

Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders Will Soon Be Able To Work In The U.S.

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA and AMY TAXIN | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — When Neha Mahajan's husband got a job transfer from New Delhi to New Jersey, she was excited to come along. But the thrill f...

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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 ...

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 ...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's Government Shutdown Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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.

Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.25.2015 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

On any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled, spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.

Escape Hatch, Can Kick or Shutdown?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.18.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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.

Poll Finds Republicans Would Take More Blame Over DHS Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

If the Department of Homeland Security gets shut down later this month over a funding battle, the debate over who's to blame could end up looking like...

Republican Majorities Struggle To Get Congress Working

Los Angeles Times | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of...

'Nightline' Misunderstands Fundamental EB-5 Program Functions and Safety

Ali Jahangiri | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Ali Jahangiri

The program is not perfect, but the overwhelming evidence shows that right now, it is working. That being said, there are several pieces of legislation in the pipeline that would drastically improve it.

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...