Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. The top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them.
“It’s not a deal-breaker,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “Let them have their face-saver. But let us have the resources to do what we have to do.” Continue reading
The immigration debate flared back to life on Capitol Hill a day after President Obama requested $3.7 billion to cope with the flood of children at the southern U.S. border. For a closer look at the politics and rhetoric driving the debate, Gwen Ifill turns to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico and Todd Zwillich of The Takeaway. Continue reading
Wednesday marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnicity and sex. Gwen Ifill is joined by Todd Purdum to discuss his new book, “An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” which tells the story of how the legislation came to be. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — House Republicans have made the first change in their leadership since Majority Leader Eric Cantor unexpectedly lost a primary election last week. They’ve elected California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to replace him in the No. 2 job.
Today in the Morning Line: House GOP to vote Thursday on two leadership posts McCarthy the front-runner for majority leader; three-way battle for whip Obama tells Hill leaders he doesn’t plan to seek congressional authority for Iraq Faith & Freedom … Continue reading
Facing partisan gridlock, President Obama has bypassed Congress by using executive actions on issues like equal pay, student loans and carbon pollution. But each order faces backlash that the president has overstepped his power. Jeffrey Brown gets debate from Jonathan Turley of The George Washington University and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice. Continue reading
Pressure is mounting for the U.S. to come up with a course of action against the uprising of ISIL in Iraq. Judy Woodruff talks to Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who says reforms have to happen in Iraq before the U.S. decide what kind of assistance to provide. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says the U.S. should launch airstrikes and put some boots on the ground to oppose the extreme elements in Iraq. Continue reading