Activists: GOP Immigration Agenda Is ‘Mass Deportation’

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Officials Grilled By Committee Over Gyrocopter Incident

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U.S. security officials are questioned by Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Capitol Hill regarding an incident earlier this month in which a postal worker landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

In another GOP anti-immigrant attack, House considers striking birthright citizenship

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

Forget about the Dreamers, I’ll just target newborns.

In the annals of stellar ideas courtesy of Republicans, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday about birthright citizenship, titled, “Is it the right policy for America?”

It happens to be more than just a “policy.” In fact, it’s a law emanating from the 14th Amendment that automatically confers citizenship on anyone born here. But perfectly in keeping with the GOP’s “papers please” crowd, Iowa Rep. Steve King would like to require that every child born in the U.S. prove that one of their parents is either a citizen or a legal resident.

The idea, also backed by Louisiana Sen. David Vitter—who wants to close the birthright citizenship “loophole”—is just one more in a long line of wildly anti-immigrant efforts that have flowed from the 114th Congress. A new report from the Alliance for Citizenship found, unsurprisingly, that the Republican-led 114th has already racked up 20 immigration hearings, taken 12 anti-immigrant votes, and hosted 12 GOP “expert” witnesses who are connected to anti-immigrant hate groups.

Marshall Fitz imagines how such a policy, envisioned by King and Vitter, might play out.

Making such a system work would require a new and cumbersome bureaucracy, bringing the Department of Homeland Security into every delivery room across the country. We would need a new federalized birth registry in order to ensure that citizenship status is allocated properly, something that is currently in the hands of states and localities. To put things in perspective: Roughly 4 million children are born in the U.S. every year, each of whom would encounter vast bureaucratic red tape. Instead of reducing unauthorized immigration, such a change could actually increase the numbers of people stuck in limbo, without legal status or nationality, as parents struggle to register their children for citizenship.

Now doesn’t that sound like the ideal solution to our country’s immigration woes?

11:20 AM PT: UPDATE: This just in from the hearing…

.@SteveKingIA says its debatable if slavery was major cause of civil war.. #immigration #HJC


Baltimore gangs unite in call for peace

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Members of rival gangs in Baltimore say they have “united” in a call for calm in the aftermath of Monday’s riots.

Watch Live: White House Press Briefing

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Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the daily briefing.

Phew! Japan’s PM Tells Congress That He Won’t Filibuster Anything

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells a joint session of Congress Wednesday that he has no ability to filibuster anything.

Senate kills amendment that would have made Iran agreement a treaty. Condoleezza Rice helps

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Condoleeza Rice says the Iran deal is “classically an executive agreement and doesn’t need to be a treaty… “

The Senate voted 39-57 Tuesday night for an amendment that would have required the upcoming nuclear agreement with Iran to be a treaty needing 67 votes for approval in the Senate. If the amendment submitted by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had passed, it most likely would have stripped away much if not most of the bill’s Democratic support and guaranteed a veto from President Obama. But, while this one was killed, there are some 60 other amendments to consider, including several poison pills. Republicans have submitted all the amendments.

Although not enthusiastic about it, Obama has given the bill tacit approval, saying he would sign it in its current form. Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has so far been successful, with the help of ranking committee Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland, in steering the bill past all the shoals. The bill currently has 66 co-sponsors, including 20 Democrats.

“Now look, if I could wave a magic wand, or if all of [a] sudden donkeys flew around the Capitol, I would love for us to have the ability to deem this a treaty,” Corker said. “I really would.”

Corker has personally favored some other amendments, too, including one that would have required President Obama to certify that Iran is not supporting terrorism that harms Americans. But Corker has been all about getting the bill passed, and the certification provision was removed from the original text in order to get more Democratic support. Its deletion was also essential in getting Obama to say he would sign the bill.

The Johnson amendment was attached to S. 615—The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. That bill, passed by the Foreign Relations Committee on a unanimous vote April 14, would give Congress 30 days to review and, if it so chose, reject any deal curtailing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions. If Obama vetoed such a rejection, it would take 67 senators to override. While there might be enough senators to do so, Speaker John Boehner has said he doesn’t have enough override votes in the House if Congress did, in fact, reject an agreement, which is expected to be completely negotiated by June 30. Come below the fold for more on the bill’s prospects.

Texas Republican ties gay marriage to Baltimore riots

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Ikeita Cantu holds a sign supporting same sex marriage in front of the Supreme Court before the court hears arguments about gay marriage in Washington April 28, 2015. The nine justices of the Supreme Court began on Tuesday to hear arguments on whether the

Oh no, the horror. And so on.

If you’ve been waiting for some exceptionally knot-brained member of Congress to opine that Baltimore’s real problems stem from the rights Gay People Have These Days, wait no longer. The prize has been claimed by Rep. Bill Flores.

Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins hosted Rep. Bill Flores,

Yes, the anti-gay designated hate group has their own news show, and Republican members of Congress willingly appear on it. Why, you ask?


I believe that speaks for itself.

to discuss the anti-marriage-equality rally outside of the Supreme Court that both had attended that morning.

I wonder if they took two cars or if Tony Perkins just strapped Flores to his roof like a Romney family dog. Oh—the interview part? Yeah, let’s hear it. Show us what you’ve got, knot-brain.

“Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the issues that are raised there. Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in a way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that.”

So the problem in Baltimore is not, as Rand Paul says, that the poors have bad fathers. The problem is that the gay people are taking all the fathers and so nobody else can have any. Or something—the mechanism is unclear, but it has something to do with gay people wanting to be gay, that’s all we know for certain.

I have to admit, he’s pretty good at this. If this career in Congress doesn’t work out, Flores might be able to find a career as a talk show host for a designated hate group himself.

Obama Takes a Stroll With Teacher of the Year in D.C.

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President Obama walks outside the White House gates Wednesday with the National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples. The two stopped by a tea shop for drinks and a snack.

No surprise here: Errors surfacing in Clinton hit piece

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton addresses delegates during the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 5, 2012.  REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

The allegations in Peter Schweizer’s hit piece, Clinton Cash, basically go like this: Company or country gives donation to the Clinton Foundation or hires former President Bill Clinton to give a speech, then gets preferential treatment from Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Schweizer never has any proof of linkages, and in a lot of cases he doesn’t have proof of preferential treatment at all, as in the uranium mining deal in which the State Department was one of many agencies to sign off and Hillary Clinton was never involved in the decision. Now Buzzfeed is flagging an instance where Schweizer didn’t just exaggerate wildly, but got the facts wrong.

Schweizer claims that an Irish company got $2 million in telecommunications contracts in the Haitian earthquake recovery effort after having paid Bill Clinton $600,000 for speeches, and that these contracts were the first time the company had gotten USAID contracts.

But according to Clinton spokesperson Matt McKenna, neither the former president nor the Clinton Foundation was paid for two of the three speeches Clinton gave in Ireland, and that while the Foundation did receive a donation following his Sept. 29, 2010 speech, Clinton himself was not compensated. […]

Schweizer’s contention that Digicel had not received USAID grants prior to its involvement with Clinton also appears to be incorrect. According to federal records, Digicel received more than $29,000 in contracts from USAID in 2007 and 2008.

Also, an additional speech was given a year before Digicel got its first USAID contract, not weeks before as Schweizer alleged.

This is exactly the kind of screw-up Schweizer has been making for years, except that from his point of view, they’re not really screw-ups. Schweizer doesn’t need to be right, he just needs to be plausible enough to get the media to cover his claims prominently—the corrections and retractions won’t be as prominent, so he will have gotten his story out. As a Republican operative, that’s his goal. But his book was published by HarperCollins. Will the publishing house be offering a retraction or correction on this?