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Politics Feb 23Congress has no plan to prevent a Homeland Security shutdown this week
As some of us have been predicting, funding for the Department of Homeland Security has come down to the final week. Just five days from DHS running out of funding and shutting down, there is STILL no clear off ramp.
Politics Feb 19Who said it? Bush vs. Obama on Islam
Today in the Morning Line: The president defends his words on terror A problem for the White House Can you tell which quotes are from President Obama and which are from former President George W. Bush? Word play: Leading…
Politics Feb 18Does having a college degree matter in a president?
Today in the Morning Line: Scott Walker doesn’t have a college degree. Should anyone care? Nine presidents — two on Mount Rushmore — didn’t have college degrees But just one president in the last 114 years didn’t have one…
Politics Feb 17Texas judge blocks Obama immigration action
Today in the Morning Line: Federal judge halts Obama’s executive action the day before it’s set to take place Obama administration to appeal decision Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of foreign policy Why Jeb Bush has to talk about…
Politics Feb 12What’s behind Jeb Bush’s orchestrated rollout
For someone who is supposedly not running yet for president, Jeb Bush is running what is pretty close to a full-on presidential campaign.
Politics Feb 11As Obama requests military force, a brief history of war power
Today in the Morning Line: Details emerge of Obama’s request to Congress for military authorization to fight the Islamic State group A brief history of war power tension The U.S. hasn’t declared war since WWII, plus all 11 times…
Politics Feb 10A little bipartisanship begins to show in Washington
Don’t get us wrong, Morning Line is not painting a picture of blossoming bipartisanship at the U.S. Capitol. But, slowly, quietly, a few green shoots are sprouting, nearly unnoticed in the shadow of dark (also true) headlines about partisan divide.
Politics Feb 09Decision time for President Obama on arming Ukraine
President Obama’s meeting today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington is fraught with all kinds of geopolitical consequences.
Politics Feb 05With an eye on the primary, Jeb Bush signals a campaign against liberalism
One of the potential criticisms of Jeb Bush as a presidential candidate is that he doesn’t have the “fire in the belly,” that he’s been out of the game. Well, he was no Fred Thompson at his speech and following…
Politics Feb 04Why shutting down Homeland Security won’t affect Obama’s immigration executive action
Today in the Morning Line: If DHS shut down, 85 percent of the agency’s workers would still work That includes the agency tasked with carrying out the president’s immigration executive action Some things would stop, including FEMA disaster planning,…