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Historic Immigration Overhaul Clears Senate

June 27, 2013 The Senate approved a measure Thursday to make the most dramatic changes to immigration law in 25 years. It would give a path to citizenship to some 11 million undocumented immigrants, dramatically boost border security, and create a new work-visa program for future immigrants. The measure passed with a bipartisan ...

Analysis: Why Democrats Are Afraid of Border Security

June 12, 2013 For the Senate to pass a comprehensive immigration-reform bill, Republicans are going to have to start trusting Democrats or Democrats are going to have to start trusting Republicans. Good luck with that. Senate Republicans don't believe President Obama will enforce the bill's border-security provisions--and they don't want to let millions ...

What Services Should Immigrants Get?

May 21, 2013 What are immigrants in the United States entitled to? Tax breaks? Health care? Disability insurance? Food stamps? As the Senate Judiciary Committee wades through a major immigration bill, it is clear that there is no consensus, even among the bill’s sponsors, about how to treat the immigrants who would become ...

The Border Hawks Have Already Won

May 10, 2013 Questioning the security of the border, a go-to tactic for the forces seeking to derail immigration reform, has lost some of its punch. The Homeland Security Department has spent the past decade implementing recommendations from border-security hawks—adding fencing and ground agents, as well as beefing up intelligence along the U.S.-Mexico ...

How Can Luddite Adults Help Digital-Savvy Teens?

February 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I am one step ahead of my 10-year-old son on my iPhone skills, but that's only because I know my iTunes password and he doesn't. He can text faster on the cheap cell phone I bought him than he can type on the cheap laptop I bought him. How am ...

Obama to draw few ultimatums in immigration speech

January 29, 2013 President Obama will make no ultimatums in his immigration speech on Tuesday other than to insist that any legislation must be comprehensive, according to administration officials. Obama also wants immigration legislation to establish a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants, a proposal that makes many Republicans uncomfortable. Sen. Mike ...

Romney campaign says he wouldn't abolish FEMA

October 30, 2012 Politicians decry the Federal Emergency Management Agency at their peril. They never know when they might find themselves shamefully explaining away a misstatement or even a snarky remark about the federal disaster assistance agency in the wake of a big storm. Like now. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested last ...

White House holds back on sequester details

October 25, 2012 There’s a funny thing happening at federal agencies. When it comes to the details of the looming $1.2 trillion cut to their budgets, agency officials find themselves unable to explain just how those cuts would affect myriad programs on the ground. Instead, they have a unified message: talk to the ...

Public would accept tax hikes in debt deal

October 17, 2012 Voters are more likely to embrace tax increases for households making $250,000 or more than cuts to Medicare or other domestic spending, according to the latest United Technologies/National JournalCongressional Connection Poll. They are also more worried about cuts in entitlement programs than about tax hikes as a part of any ...

Arne Duncan would stay at Education for 2nd Obama term

September 27, 2012 If President Obama wins a second term, Education Secretary Arne Duncan will stay in his job, he toldNational Journal on Thursday. “I am staying, unless the president gets sick of me,” Duncan said after speaking at a K-12 Education Forum sponsored by the Hamilton Project. That’s unlikely to happen, considering ...