What killed the latest immigration deal on Capitol Hill? One of the deadliest weapons was a single potent word. When President Donald Trump suggested in January that a compromise might actually be possible and he would be open to considering a path to citizenship for the so-called Dreamers, who came to the U.S. as children, Breitbart immediately slammed him as “Amnesty Don.” Immigration hard-liners in the House of Representatives followed suit, with Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) saying that Americans would reject “amnesty or anything that looks like amnesty.” Then, when a bipartisan immigration deal was proposed in the Senate, it was Trump’s turn to wield the A-word to bury it. In a tweet, he said the bill would create “a giant amnesty,” echoing a statement from the Department of Homeland Security that it was nothing more than a “mass amnesty bill for illegal aliens of all ages.” The bipartisan bill and a Trump-backed alternative went … [Read more...] about POLITICO Magazine When Did ‘Amnesty’ Become a Dirty Word?
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Driving the Day Good Tuesday morning. SIREN: INSIDE THE DEBT-CEILING DRAMA … THE NATION’S BORROWING LIMIT needs to be lifted in the next month or so, and House and Senate Republicans and the Trump administration have NO IDEA AND NO PLAN how it’s going to get done, according to sources in each corner of the fight. ELEMENTS IN THE WHITE HOUSE have signaled to Hill leaders they believe Congress will pass a clean increase -- lifting the debt cap without other provisions. This will not fly with some conservative members, who want some sort of policy concessions. HOUSE and SENATE REPUBLICANS tell us they have not decided on a strategy as of yet. The prevailing theory among GOP aides continues to be that the Senate will pass a clean debt ceiling increase and jam the House with it. That seems risky, and aides are worried. -- MITCH MCCONNELL, yesterday in Kentucky: “There is zero chance -- no chance -- we will not raise the debt ceiling.” Story Continued Below -- … [Read more...] about PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WAR — SPOTTED at Sinclair HQ: Laura Ingraham — TRUMP aides plot immigration deal — HOW THE TRUMP SONS are running the family biz — MNUCHIN’s wife gets heat for Insta post — B’DAY: Rich Lowry
Driving the Day Good Sunday morning. TRUMP SAYS HE’S GOING TO TEXAS -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:59 a.m.: “I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety.” -- THE KEY PHRASE: “As soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption.” The situation in Houston is very bad, and a presidential visit might take some time. We hear this week is a possibility.Story Continued Below GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS asks TEXAS GOV. GREG ABBOTT on ABC’S “THIS WEEK” about a Trump visit: STEPHANOPOULOS: “The White House has said the president is expecting to visit Texas this week. Does that make sense right now? And will that is averting resources away from the relief effort?” ABBOTT: “Well, it depends. As you know, we had a hurricane hit around the Corpus Christi area, that is now moving northeast and is over closer to the Houston area. And it depends on where he goes. We … [Read more...] about TRUMP TO HOUSTON as soon as possible — TRUMP knocks Claire McCaskill by initial only — SUNDAY BEST: Tillerson: the president speaks for himself on Charlottesville — B’DAY: Danielle Weisberg
Driving the Day WELCOME TO THE DOORSTEP OF 2018 -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:36 a.m.: “Why would smart voters want to put Democrats in Congress in 2018 Election when their policies will totally kill the great wealth created during the months since the Election. People are much better off now not to mention ISIS, VA, Judges, Strong Border, 2nd A, Tax Cuts & more?” -- FRONT PAGE OF THE L.A. TIMES (and other Tronc-owned papers like the Hartford Courant): “GOP faces Democratic wave in ‘18: For all their successes, Republicans end 2017 confronting bad signs for keeping control after midterm vote” http://bit.ly/2C0O213 Story Continued Below Happy New Year’s Eve! SPOTTED LAST NIGHT, at Wilbur Ross’s birthday party in Palm Beach: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Tom Quinn and Lynly Boor, David Koch, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and … [Read more...] about NEW YEAR’S EVE EDITION — TRUMP to lunch with RICK SCOTT — NYT: How Russia inquiry began — PETER BAKER on Trump’s reinventing of the presidency — ADAM CONNER engaged — B’DAY: Don Trump Jr.
Driving the Day Happy Friday. THE GOVERNMENT IS DARN CLOSE TO SHUTTING DOWN. Funding runs dry tonight at 11:59:59. We were in the Capitol until late last night. The intraparty dynamics right now point to political loggerheads. -- REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE seem pretty comfortable in their political position. SPEAKER PAUL RYAN’S House passed a month-long government funding bill, with six years of children’s insurance funding. The GOP leadership says Senate Democrats should take it up immediately because they don’t, in fact, disagree with anything in the bill. But instead, Democrats want Republicans to include DACA in this package. Story Continued Below TOP GOP MINDS involved in these talks on the Hill tell us that they will not, under any circumstance, consider DACA or a budget deal if the government is closed. THEY SAY a deal must be reached to fund the government, then they can talk about immigration and budget caps. SENIOR REPUBLICANS SAY they … [Read more...] about SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: Who blinks first — WE GOT YOU COVERED FROM THE CAPITOL: What to expect, when to expect it — POTUS IN FLORIDA: TRUMP to Mar-a-Lago as government is on brink of closure
Last Updated Jan 10, 2017 9:57 PM EST CBS News’ Emily Schultheis, Jillian Hughes and Charlie Brooks contributed to this live blog.9:55 p.m. ET Mr. Obama concluded by quoting the slogan for his first campaign, “Yes We Can.”“I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents, that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists, that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice, that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon, a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written,” he said. “Yes we can. Yes we did. Yes we can.”9:52 p.m. ET Thanking his staff and the legions of volunteers who helped his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, Mr. Obama said: “You did change the world.”“To all of you out there – every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town and kind family who welcomed them in, every volunteer who … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo President Obama’s farewell speech
NEW YORK — Among the many promises Donald Trump made a year ago to assure people he wouldn't profit off his presidency, one stood out for its boldness: a pledge to donate the profits from any foreign governments staying in his namesake hotels to the U.S. Treasury. Today, after a year in which groups associated with Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait have booked rooms, hosted events and spent thousands of dollars at the president's hotel in Washington, no such payments to the Treasury have been made. Trump officials, who have openly questioned how closely they should scrutinize their guests, initially pledged to make a payment at the end of 2017 and now say they would have "information to share" near the end of next month. An Associated Press analysis of the promises Trump made to draw a "red line" between his businesses and his administration found that, while he has kept to the letter of many pledges, he has exploited the vague language of others, creating at least the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Trump business ethics pledges left room for profiting off his presidency
Usually during a presidential campaign, if you ask an ambitious member of a political party if their party's presidential nominee has the judgment and temperament to be president you will get a brisk answer. The Republican will say, "Yes." The Democrat, too. But the Republican Party is not having a traditional presidential campaign. Even simple questions get tricky fast. Some of the key Republicans supporting Donald Trump and planning to stand up for him at his convention cannot testify to his fitness for the job. They hope the quality of his campaign will prove he's ready for the presidency, but campaigns don't offer many opportunities to answer such fundamental questions. Rubio weighs in on calls to be Trump's running mate Marco Rubio: Reelection bid not "safest route forward" for me I asked Sen. Marco Rubio on "Face the Nation" whether he thought Donald Trump had the better character and judgment when compared to Hillary Clinton. "That's the challenge Donald has over the next … [Read more...] about Is Donald Trump ready to be president? GOP leaders hesitate
Member stations Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., will announce Tuesday that he is running for president. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Rourke/AP Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., will announce Tuesday that he is running for president. Matt Rourke/AP This post was updated at 7:34 pm ET to reflect comment from Christie. Gov. Chris Christie plans to make his long-awaited announcement that he's running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States next Tuesday at the place where he was president 35 years ago — Livingston High School in northern New Jersey, sources familiar with his plans tell WNYC. (More here from WNYC.) Christie was president of his class in junior high and high school for four years running before graduating in 1980. He played on his championship baseball team and maintains several friendships from his time there. In the decades before he became … [Read more...] about Christie To Announce Tuesday That He’s Running For President
close Video Trump seizes spotlight on guns Turns emotional debate into gripping television. This is a rush transcript from "Media Buzz," February 25, 2018. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: On the Buzz Meter this Sunday, President Trump embraces the gun control debate, saying he'll consider a range of measures to stop mass shootings and gets a bit of credit from the media, some of it from his harshest critics. (START VIDEO CLIPS) JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: I haven't said this very often since the president was sworn in, but thank you, Mr. President, for what you did yesterday. And letting these people speak. CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: I thought putting this together today was great. I thought letting all those people talk until he talked was absolutely first rate. CHRIS STIREWALT, FOX NEWS: The big victory for the White House in this. They took a chance. This could have gone really poorly. (END VIDEO CLIPS) KURTZ: But guns are a … [Read more...] about President Trump seizes spotlight on guns