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Feb 04, 2013
EU Wish List for U.S. PolicyBy Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal
As President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy team takes shape in Washington, European leaders’ hopes for his second term are topped by a U.S.-Europe free trade deal and a new push for Mideast peace.Read more
Broad Powers Seen for Obama in CyberstrikesBy David E. Sanger and Thomas Shanker, The New York Times
A secret legal review on the use of America’s growing arsenal of cyberweapons has concluded that President Obama has the broad power to order a pre-emptive strike if the United States detects credible evidence of a major digital attack looming from abroad, according to officials involved in the review.Read more
Targeted Killings: Obama’s Endless WarBy James Kitfield, National Journal
In his Inaugural Address, President Obama offered a paean to peace for a nation wearied by war. Americans will show the courage to strive to resolve our differences with other countries peacefully, he pledged, because no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war,” Obama said.Read more
Feb 01, 2013
Bipartisan BaloneyBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
In Washington, when senators from the two parties arrive simultaneously at a microphone, you’ve got yourself a “gang.” Threats of bipartisanship soon follow. White papers and frameworks are issued. The lifespan of a gang is well-documented: Its members rush through the marble halls of Congress, trailed by a clot of reporters. Then it’s on to the green rooms before they become extinct. Yet, even in Washington, hope still triumphs over experience. So this week, members of the “gang of eight” came to the microphone pushing immigration reform, and the old folk tales of bipartisanship were once again in the news.Read more
Can Immigration Fix The GOP's Hispanic Problem?By Amy Walter, Cook Politics Report
By now, just about everyone understands that Republicans have a problem with Hispanic voters. The bigger question now is if a bi-partisan immigration bill will be the cure.Read more
Senate Passes Debt Limit ExtensionBy Susan Davis, USA Today
The U.S. Senate approved a bill, 64-34, that would suspend the nation's borrowing authority through May 18. The measure, already approved by the House, will be sent to President Obama, who has pledged to sign it into law.Read more
The Assault-Weapons Ban Isn't Happening—Get Over ItBy Molly Ball, The Atlantic
First, the bad news for fans of gun control: A new assault-weapons ban probably isn't going to happen. This has become abundantly clear in recent days as top Democrats, including Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Vice President Joe Biden, have downplayed the proposal's chances.Read more
2nd Oval Office Readied in White House Rehab ProjectBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
This summer there will be two Oval Offices in the White House complex, and it won’t be a case of double vision.
In preparation for a major, two-year renovation of the West Wing, the government is undertaking extensive work to complete a new executive office for President Obama at the south end of the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building, RCP has learned.Read more
Jan 31, 2013
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Rubio's MomentBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
Sen. Marco Rubio is having a moment. He’s a charismatic senator from a battleground state whose Cuban heritage and support for immigration reform are helping his party begin a new courtship with Hispanic voters. This much we know. But Rubio is exploiting an opportunity that goes beyond simply good timing and the right last name. He is getting the chance to be first at bat in a larger effort: the post-election audition for GOP leadership. Of all the would-be Republican stars—and the list is long and likely to grow—Rubio is getting a chance to show exactly what it looks like to move the party in a new direction.Read more
Why Labor Has Learned to Love Immigration ReformBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
When President Obama delivered a major speech trumpeting immigration reform from Las Vegas earlier this week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sat in the front row, right in front of the podium.Read more
As Sequestration Looms, Contractors Don’t FretBy Jim Tankersley, The Washington Post
The next few months could look even scarier than the last few for defense contractors already battered by federal budget cuts, thanks to the threat of automatic reductions looming in March. But industry executives had a surprising message for shareholders this week: Don’t worry about it.Read more
John Kerry Bids Farewell to U.S. SenateBy Susan Davis, USA Today
Sen. John Kerry bid farewell to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, reflecting on a 28-year tenure that began on a wave of anti-war activism, included a failed 2004 presidential run and will begin a new chapter as the nation's top diplomat on Friday.Read more
Nuclear Test Could Open Window on North KoreaBy David E. Sanger and Thomas Shanker, The New York Times
The world is warning North Korea against going ahead with its third nuclear test, but inside the American intelligence community, some officials are quietly hoping it happens. A test could give them their first real view in years into whether the North has made significant progress toward a weapon that could threaten the United States or its allies.Read more
Jan 30, 2013
Obama Presses Congress on Immigration ReformBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
President Obama used a speech in Las Vegas on Tuesday to urge Congress to move swiftly this year -- after decades of false starts -- to repair what he called America’s “broken” immigration system.Read more
Obama Starts Push for Immigration ReformBy Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
President Obama flew to this once-red state, turned blue largely by the votes of Latinos, to launch an effort to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. But in doing so, he carefully avoided ultimatums that might disrupt bipartisan talks underway in the Senate and House.Read more
Immigration reform's new fansBy Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times
Can Republicans find a way out of the political dead end they marched into during the 2012 campaign? Can President Obama make his second term more productive than the final gridlocked years of his first? Can Democrats and Republicans in Congress relearn the forgotten art of compromise after years of angry polarization?Read more
Is Washington Getting Less Dysfunctional?By Molly Ball, The Atlantic
Don't look now, but things are actually getting done in Washington, D.C.
Witness the last month: We didn't go over the fiscal cliff. We averted (at least for the moment) a debt-ceiling standoff. On Monday, Congress passed, with barely any drama, aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy. And the bipartisan push for comprehensive immigration reform seems to be going awfully well.
Immigration Plan Could be Long-Term Boon to GOPBy Susan Davis and Martha T. Moore, USA Today
A renewed bipartisan push to rewrite U.S. immigration laws presents Republicans with their clearest opportunity to make up lost ground with one of the fastest growing forces in American politics.Read more
Jan 29, 2013
Obama to Begin Immigration Reform Push in NevadaBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
President Obama on Tuesday will ask American workers, employers, lawmakers, and interest groups to help enact a new immigration system this year that would grant undocumented immigrants an earned path to U.S. citizenship.
The kickoff of Obama’s public campaign for reform, which the president postponed until his second term, will take place in Las Vegas a day after a key, bipartisan group of senators launched a push for immigration changes that Obama hopes can lead to action in the House.