WASHINGTON — Sidestepping immigration hardliners, House Republican leaders are moving to make a deal with Democrats to pass a spending bill that would keep the government running past next week. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community’s top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.
Last week, President Obama announced executive orders to defer deportation relief to nearly 5 million immigrants and expand border security. Now the task of implementation falls on the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Jeh Johnson joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the controversy surrounding the president’s action and what message it sends to those who want to cross the border illegally. Continue reading
New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus join Judy Woodruff to discuss President Obama’s call to arms on immigration, a lawsuit by the Republican House over the president’s health care law and a look ahead at the 2016 presidential race. Continue reading
Following President Obama’s speech on immigration, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., questioned the president’s legal authority to implement his plan. Referring to Obama’s past actions on the issue, Issa said, “Well, you don’t sink a ship and then talk about patching the hull.” Judy Woodruff gets reaction from the congressman. Continue reading
After President Obama’s address to the nation on immigration, the GOP is gearing up to push back against the plan, said Washington Post reporter Robert Costa in a conversation with Gwen Ifill. While Democrats were excited by the potential for connecting with Hispanic voters in 2016, Costa predicted that Republicans could retaliate by refusing to approve government funding, set to expire Dec. 11. Continue reading
President Obama addressed the nation Thursday night to announce his plan to change the nation’s immigration system through executive action. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff get reaction from New York Times columnist David Brooks, who argues the president is tackling the problem in the wrong way, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who says there is nothing unconstitutional about these actions. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama faced immediate demands for bold action to stem deportations Tuesday, a day after declaring immigration legislation dead and announcing plans to act on his own.
At the same time GOP opposition to the president’s go-it-alone strategy mounted, setting up an election-year clash with no certain outcome. 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
Gwen Ifill gets a preview of the State of the Union from White House press secretary Jay Carney, who says President Obama has an optimistic outlook for the economy and bipartisan collaboration. Carney says the president will encourage Congress to legislate as well as use his executive authority to accomplish his plans for 2014. Continue reading