President Obama won initial support at home among lawmakers and abroad for a U.S. plan to defeat the Islamic State group as part of a broad coalition. Secretary of State John Kerry sought backing from Arab and Gulf leaders, while Russian and Syrian officials said they would oppose American action without additional approval. Foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
Showing bipartisan American unity in the effort to fight the Islamic State militant group, Republican House Speaker John Boehner Thursday said Congress “ought to give the president what he’s asking for.” Continue reading
“The question is how broadly can the president extend the categories and still stay on the side of spectrum of ensuring the laws are faithfully executed?” said Cristina Rodriguez, who left the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 2013 to teach at Yale Law School. Continue reading
Almost a week into the Obama administration’s emergency action in northern Iraq, the campaign is attracting surprisingly broad bipartisan support. Republicans have issued several I-told-you-so statements and called for stronger action, and dovish Democrats say they’re concerned about slipping into a new war. But outright opposition has been muted. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — House Republicans expressed optimism on Friday that a revised, $694 million bill addressing the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would win over reluctant conservatives and give a divided GOP a political win.
Determined to head home Friday for the five-week summer break, GOP leaders altered the bill, adding $35 million for the National Guard and clarifying a provision on quickly returning unaccompanied minors from Central America to their home countries. Continue reading
Minutes from a vote on legislation to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border, and hours from scheduled adjournment for the summer, a conservative revolt left the speaker with no choice but to pull his border bill from the floor. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: Health care, immigration intertwined for GOP lawsuit and opposition Timeline of a lawsuit Is impeachment for real – or just a Democratic (and some Republicans’) fantasy? House GOP set to move on border bill; Reid … Continue reading
Obama-Boehner relationship hits a new low: Over the years the rapport between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner has been described at times as “topsy-turvy,” “complicated,” and “soured.” But their relationship might have hit a new low Thursday with the president and House speaker publicly rebuking one another at dueling events in Texas and Washington. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s top news, including how incumbents held their ground against the tea party in last Tuesday’s primaries, Rep. John Boehner’s threat to sue President Obama for abusing presidential powers, as well as accusations swirling around missing IRS emails. Continue reading
Maybe there’s something in the air in Minnesota.
During a two-day trip to the Gopher State, the president referred to himself Thursday as a “caged bear,” who is on the “loose” when he’s able to get outside the White House. Continue reading