U.S. House Republicans try resurrecting border funds bill

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People hoping to reach the U.S. ride atop the wagon of a freight train, known as La Bestia (The Beast) in IxtepecBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will try in coming days to pass legislation giving President Barack Obama additional funds to deal with a flood of Central American child immigrants, after Republicans who control the chamber on Thursday revolted against a $659 million measure. Republicans held a hastily called closed meeting at the Capitol after plans fell apart to pass their immigration funding bill. Republicans left Thursday's session telling reporters they will stay in Washington until they hold a vote on the House floor on legislation dealing with the tens of thousands of children, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, who have amassed at the southwestern border. Whatever bill House Republicans can manage to pass is likely to be rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is weighing its own $2.7 billion emergency funding bill.

CIA concedes it spied on U.S. Senate investigators, apologizes

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The logo of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is shown in the lobby of the CIA headquarters in La..By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA conceded on Thursday that it had improperly monitored computers used by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee in an investigation of CIA interrogation tactics and secret prisons for terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement that the agency's inspector general had determined that "some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent" with an understanding between the agency and the Senate panel. Boyd said CIA Director John Brennan had informed Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Senate committee's chair, and its senior Republican, Senator Saxby Chambliss, of the finding and apologized.

House Republican flailing over border bill drags on

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Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Welcome to leadership, Rep. Scalise.

The newly minted House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise had a really, really bad first effort today, so bad that his vote counting on the big border crisis response bill had to be pulled from the floor, and then maybe resurrected as apparently some members demanded that this vote had to happen before leaving town. So they didn’t leave town, and have scheduled another meeting for Friday morning when they work on the vote count, again. All of which has led to this delicious Politico headline: “House GOP in disarray: A fight over the border bill”.

In a Thursday afternoon meeting, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) heard from a number of Republicans who did not want to leave Washington until a package passed the House.

But all day Thursday, the votes in support of the original $659 million border bill faded away, and it’s unclear if Scalise will be able to recapture votes in support of the package. Thursday was his first day as whip.

Lawmakers were supposed to be heading home Thursday to begin a five-week recess. But the House schedule was in such flux that members walked off the floor canceling and rebooking flights to go home. […]

The turmoil is stunning considering how far to the right the GOP leadership pulled this bill. Boehner, McCarthy and Scalise, the new GOP whip, crafted a process that would have given the House a vote on legislation to stop the Obama administration from expanding its deferred deportation program. But even that wasn’t enough.

Why the turmoil is stunning to Politico is a bit of a mystery, considering we’ve been here before. Even down to Ted Cruz’s machinations. It’s still absolutely unclear that there are votes to have this pass, as Daily Beast’s Tim Mak tweets:

Rep John Fleming relays that Boehner told the troops that they were “not even close” to 218 votes on the border bill
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So they’re just prolonging the pain, apparently. Just what the country needs. But it should make an August back home extra special for Republicans.

CIA Boss Apologizes for Hacking Senate Computers

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CIA Director John Brennan has privately apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders now that the spy agency’s inspector general has found that its employees did act improperly when searching Senate computers earlier this year.



Obamacare Challengers Urge Quick Supreme Court Review

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Two federal courts reached opposite conclusions on that issue last week.

Christie Says he will be in New Hampshire ‘Often’

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire on Thursday.



Sen. Harry Reid’s office rubs some salt in Republican wounds on House border bill blunder

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd L) stifles a sob as he awards astronaut Neil Armstrong (L) with the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington November 16, 2011. Also pictured is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (2nd R)

After House Republicans pulled their attempt at a border bill in a conspicuous display of party incompetence, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his office rubbed some salt in those wounds:

“Senator Reid agrees with House Republican leaders’ statement that President Obama has the authority to take steps on immigration reform on his own,” [spokesman Adam Jentleson] said. “He’s glad Republicans have come around and hopes this means they’ll be dropping their frivolous lawsuit against the President, instead of continuing to waste the American people’s time and money.”

Obama: The House Republicans ‘Voted To Sue Me’

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Speaking at a White House event, President Obama talks about the House Republicans vote to sue him.



House Postpones Recess After GOP Revolt Nixes Border Vote

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GOP leaders abruptly canceled a scheduled vote on a $659 million funding bill for the border crisis after failing to secure enough votes to pass it.



Black Eye: GOP Leaders Nix Border Vote After Tea Party Revolt

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GOP leaders abruptly cancel a scheduled vote on a $659 million funding bill for the border crisis after failing to secure enough votes to pass it.