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New House Majority Leader: Border Security, Then Legalization



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Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who replaced Virginia representative Eric Cantor as House majority leader this month, said that there is an “opportunity” to negotiate for the legalization of illegal immigrants, but only after the border is secured.

“I believe there’s an opportunity,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “But if you don’t secure the borders, there’s nothing.”

McCarthy seemed determine not to repeat Cantor’s mistake of appearing out of step with the Republican base on immigration.

“I’m on record saying nothing about immigration, until we secure the borders,” McCarthy said. “Until you secure the borders, you cannot have the conversation about anything else.”

One of the top House Democrats advocating for legislation along the lines of the Senate immigration bill has given up, at least on the legislative process.

“Nothing’s going to happen,” Representative Luis Gutierrez told the Washington Post. “My point of view is, this is over. There’s no reason to continue to wait. Every day, 1,000 people get deported. The president should stop deportations. There’s no reason to wait.”

McCarthy blamed the current influx of unaccompanied children on a lack of border security.

“Look at the humanitarian crisis that is happening right now along the border states. These are children coming from three major countries in Central America. They’re going across. Kids are dying,” he said. “It’s because our borders are not secure.”

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Bill Clinton: Hillary Shouldn’t Run on Obama’s Record



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Bill Clinton believes it would be foolish for any Democratic presidential candidate to attempt to run on President Obama’s economic record in 2016.

“That’s not what anybody should do,” Clinton told NBC’s David Gregory during an interview that aired Sunday on Meet the Press. ”You should run on making it better. But he didn’t cause the meltdown. The actions that his administration took kept it from being worse. And there had been a concerted effort to stop implementing his economic plan in the second term so none of you have any idea whether they would have worked or not.”

That comment came in response to Gregory asking, “What challenges would a Democratic candidate for president face running on the Obama economy?”

Clinton said he doesn’t know if his wife will run for president, though. “I’m a footsoldier in an army,” he said. ”I will do what I am instructed to do.”

The former president also tried to help mitigate the public-relations problem caused when Hillary Clinton said they were “dead broke” when they left the White House.

“It is factually true that we were several million dollars in debt,” Clinton said. ”Everybody now assumes that what happened in the intervening years was automatic; I’m shocked that it’s happened. I’m shocked that people still want me to come give talks.”

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Obama’s Ex-Lawyer: Boehner Can Defund Obama, Not Sue Him



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The attorney who advised President Obama to circumvent Congress with an array of executive orders disputed House speaker John Boehner’s right to challenge those maneuvers in court, but she did acknowledge that the House has the authority to defund those initiatives.

Kathryn Ruemmler’s comments came just months after she worked with Obama during a government shutdown over whether Congress would defund Obamacare. “Congress has a lot of tools available to it to challenge the president if they disagree to the things that he’s doing,” Ruemmler, who stepped down as White House counsel in May, said on Meet the Press. “Most importantly, the power of the purse. But, you know, a lawsuit, to say it’s frivolous I think is an understatement.”

“The power of the purse” — that was the conservative argument for why it was appropriate for the House to pass a spending bill that funded all of government except for the Affordable Care Act.

“The Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse, the most important check we have on an overreaching executive,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), one of the advocates for attempting to defund Obamacare, in August. “Now is the best chance we have to exercise this power in order to defund Obamacare.”

Ruemmler was an important part of “helping develop options to carry out Mr. Obama’s decision to take unilateral executive actions to bypass congressional inaction,” according to the New York Times’ Charlie Savage.

“She advised Mr. Obama that he could make recess appointments during a Senate vacation in 2012 even though the Senate was holding ‘pro forma’ sessions to avoid a formal recess, arguing that if the courts disagreed, the presidency would most likely be no worse off than if Mr. Obama did not challenge the tactic, officials said,” Savage wrote.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that those so-called “recess appointments” were unconstitutional. The defeat was Obama’s twelfth unanimous loss at the Supreme Court since January 2012.

“Not every case in which the president has exceeded his authority has made it all the way to the Supreme Court,” Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) a former law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito, told National Review Online. “The fact that his track record is as bad as it is in the Supreme Court . . . is yet another indication of the fact that we’ve got a president who is playing fast and loose with the Constitution.”

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Obama’s Former Ambassador to Iraq: Crisis a ‘National-Security Emergency for the U.S.’



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Former United States ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey warned that the ongoing crisis in the Middle Eastern country poses a serious threat to the U.S. and its allies.

“The most important thing . . . is that this is a national-security emergency for the United States,” said Jeffrey, who served in the diplomatic post under President Obama from 2010 to 2012. He also served as George W. Bush’s deputy national-security adviser.

“It’s a huge terrorist threat, it’s our allies and partners under stress, it’s a possible civil war in the middle of the Middle East, and it’s even an impact on our oil and energy security,” he said on Face the Nation. “We need to act and we need to continue acting very quickly.”

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Nation’s Vanden Heuvel Tells Bill Kristol to Enlist in Iraqi Army if He’s So Worried about Region



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The Nation’s editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel, sparred with Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard by voicing her opposition to re-engaging in Iraq and urging Kristol to sign up to fight on behalf of the Iraqis if he is so concerned about the long-term outcome in the region.

“I have to say — sitting next to Bill Kristol, man, I mean — the architects of catastrophe that have cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives, there should be accountability,” she said on This Week. “We don’t need armchair warriors — if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi army.”

“That’s a very cute line, Katrina,” he quipped back.

He noted that while President George W. Bush was widely criticized and paid a price politically for going into Iraq, the Bush administration ultimately “left things peaceful” in the country, before President Barack Obama withdrew and allowed the situation to get worse. President Obama had even said the region was peaceful thanks to American forces in Iraq as recently as 2011, Kristol added.

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Issa: ‘Hard to Believe’ Lerner Doesn’t Have Copies of E-mails



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House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa finds it very implausible that Lois Lerner didn’t keep copies of her e-mails that are now missing. Under the Federal Records Act, Lerner, a longtime IRS employee, would know that she is required by law to preserve those e-mails.

“To not have print-to-paper, which is the policy that she had to know, is pretty hard to believe,” the California Republican said on CNN’s State of the Union. “Do I believe that she printed to paper? Yes, she’s an attorney of long standing and it’s kind of hard to believe that you wouldn’t cover with your own paper copies.”

Issa questioned Lerner’s attorney’s claims that she did not print out her e-mails, and said the attorney has “outright lied a number of times” throughout the investigation in an effort to get Lerner “off the hook after flubbing the taking of the Fifth.”

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Lois Lerner’s Attorney: She’s ‘As Upset as Anybody Else’ about Lost E-mails



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Lois Lerner isn’t to blame for the loss of thousands of e-mails sent during the period of the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups, according to her attorney. In fact, she wishes they could be retrieved.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, William Taylor explained that Lerner’s computer screen “went blue” one day, and ultimately resulted in her losing all of her e-mails from a two-year span.

“She was as upset as anybody else was about the loss of the e-mails,” Taylor said. “The truth is this was one of those things that happened — at the time she did everything she could to retrieve it.”

“That’s the story — that’s all there is to it,” he added.

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