Since the presidential election we have been told, repeatedly and gleefully, that the Republican Party is doomed, that demographics and history are on the side of President Barack Obama and the progressive movement, that the GOP base is unhinged, and that Tea Party radicalism threatens to upend conservative hopes not only in 2014 but also in 2016. But in the space of one week that story, true or not, has been eclipsed by another one: Washington finally has turned on Obama.
Following accusations that the Department of Justice obtained the phone records of multiple members of the Associated Press, the White House is pushing to revive a federal law protecting reporters in court, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
A fiery partisan exchange broke out Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee heard a second day of testimony on the bipartisan immigration proposal agreed to by the so-called “Gang of Eight” Republicans and Democrats.
Ranking member Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) lashed out at Senator Charles Schumer after the New York Democrat suggested critics of immigration reform were using last week’s attacks on the Boston Marathon, which left three dead and 170 wounded, as an “excuse” to delay the bill.
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) slammed the cycle of North Korean nuclear threats, calling it “repetitious confrontation,” and rebuked Chinese behavior as “very disappointing” for not doing more to put down the bellicose rhetoric coming from the North Koreans Sunday on “Face the Nation.” “China does hold the key to the problem,” McCain said. “China …
Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) sent a letter today to Senate Judiciary’s Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) requesting a hearing on the sudden release of 2,228 immigrant detainees from Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities.