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GOP Senate Leadership Bucks Cruz’s 60-Vote Debt Ceiling Bid.


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After a dramatic Senate tally in which top GOP leaders cast the crucial votes, must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills cleared Congress Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s signature.

The Senate approved the measure by a near party-line 55-43 vote. All of the “aye” votes came from Obama’s Democratic allies.

But the vote to pass the measure was anticlimactic after a dramatic 67-31 tally — held open for more than an hour — in which the measure cleared a filibuster hurdle insisted on by tea party Republican Ted Cruz of Texas. The Senate’s top two Republicans — both facing tea party challenges in their GOP primaries this year — provided crucial momentum after a knot of Republicans in the Senate well were clearly unhappy at having to walk the plank.

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After Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Minority Whip John Cornyn, voted “aye” several other Republicans switched their votes in solidarity. Twelve Republicans ultimately voted to help the measure advance but the tally appeared to be in doubt for several anxious minutes.

“A lot of people stepped up and did what they needed to do,” said Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who voted to advance the bill, as did Mark Kirk of Illinois, who said: “Members didn’t want to” vote for it.

The 12 Republicans who voted against Cruz’s measure were: John Barrasso, Wyo.; Susan Collins, Maine; Bob Corker, Tenn.; John Cornyn, Texas; Jeff Flake, Ariz.; Orrin Hatch, Utah; Mike Johanns, Neb.; Mark Kirk, Ill.; John McCain, Ariz.; Mitch McConnell, Ky.; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; John Thune, S.D.

Cruz’s demands irritated Republicans because it forced several of them, particularly McConnell, to cast a difficult vote. McConnell faces a May primary against tea party candidate Matt Bevin, whose supporters adamantly oppose increasing the debt limit.

“In my view, every Republican should stand together against raising the debt ceiling without meaningful structural reforms to rein in our out of control spending,” Cruz said.

After the tally, Cruz said he had no regrets, saying the “Senate has given President Obama a blank check.”

Asked about forcing a difficult vote upon McConnell, Cruz said: “That is ultimately a decision … for the voters of Kentucky.”

The legislation would permit Treasury to borrow normally for another 13 months and then reset the government’s borrowing cap, currently set at $17.2 trillion, after that.

It passed the House Tuesday after Republicans gave up efforts to use the debt ceiling measure to win concessions from Obama on GOP agenda items like winning approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The measure is required so that the government can borrow to pay bills like Social Security benefits, federal salaries, and payments to Medicare and Medicaid providers.

Quick action on the debt limit bill stands in contrast to lengthy showdowns in 2012 and last fall when Republicans sought to use the critically necessary measure as leverage to win concessions from Obama. They succeeded in 2011, winning about $2 trillion in spending cuts, but Obama has been unwilling to negotiate over the debt limit since his re-election, and Wednesday’s legislation is the third consecutive debt measure passed without White House concessions.

Republicans have been less confrontational after October’s 16-day partial government shutdown sent GOP poll numbers skidding and chastened the party’s tea party faction. Republicans have instead sought to focus voters’ attention on the implementation and effects of Obama’s health care law.

The measure is required so that the government can borrow to pay all of its bills, including Social Security benefits, federal salaries, payments to Medicare and Medicaid providers and interest on the accumulated debt. Congress has never failed to act to prevent a default on U.S. obligations, which most experts say would spook financial markets and spike interest rates.

Most Republicans say any increase in the debt ceiling should be accompanied by cuts to the spiraling costs of costly benefit programs like Medicare.

“We need some reform before we raise the debt ceiling. We need to demonstrate that we are taking steps that will reduce the accumulation of debt in the future,” said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, top Republican on the Budget Committee. “And the president and the Democratic Senate have just flatly refused. So they’ve just said, `We’ll accept no restraint on spending’.”

Some Republicans seemed irked that Cruz wouldn’t let the bill pass without forcing it to clear a 60-vote threshold that required some Republicans to walk the plank and help it advance..

“I’m not going to talk about that,” said Orrin Hatch when asked if Republicans are annoyed with Cruz.

Passage of the debt limit measure without any extraneous issues comes after House GOP leaders tried for weeks to find a formula to pass a version of their own that included Republican agenda items like approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and repeal of an element of the health care law. But a sizable faction of House Republicans simply refuse to vote for any increase in the government’s borrowing abilities, which forced House Speaker John Boehner to turn to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to pass the measure on the strength of Democrats.

The debt measure permits Treasury to borrow regularly through March 15, 2015, putting the issue off until after the November elections and setting it up for the new Congress to handle next year. If Republicans take over the Senate, they’re likely to insist on linking the debt ceiling to spending cuts and other GOP agenda items, but for now at least, the issue is being handled the old fashioned way, with the party of the incumbent president being responsible for supplying the votes to pass it but with the minority party not standing in the way.

“I think we will go back to the responsible way of making sure that our country does not default,” said Democratic Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray.

Senate action Wednesday would safely clear the debt issue off of Washington’s plate weeks in advance of the Feb. 27 deadline set last week by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. The debt limit was reset to $17.2 trillion after a four-month suspension of the prior, $16.7 trillion limit expired last Friday. Lew promptly began employing accounting maneuvers to buy time for Congress to act.

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Ex-G.W. Bush Aide Wallace: Boehner Deserves Medal of Freedom.


House Speaker John Boehner pushed through Tuesday’s debt ceiling vote to keep Republicans from being falsely blamed for gumming up the government and enable them to keep their eyes on the prize: the 2014 elections, says Nicolle Wallace, former communications chief for President George W. Bush.

“The truth is the Republicans . . . will be judged by too many voters as responsible for these things,” Wallace told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“We have such important elections on the horizon; these midterm elections are much more important for our party than theirs, we have much more at stake.

“We have seen the wreckage caused by having . . . an extreme progressive liberal in the Oval Office. Our only recourse, now, is to further solidify our majority in the House and to try to take back the Senate, and it matters how our party is viewed when it comes to these big Washington food fights,” she said Tuesday.

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Wallace, who was also senior adviser for the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign, said Boehner should get an award for his Herculean work in keeping a turbulent party together.

“John Boehner deserves whatever that highest civilian honor is, the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” Wallace said.

“He has a very difficult job . . . He is there not just to pass laws, but to keep the government running and to get things done. I admire every step he’s taken; even during the government shutdown last fall, through all of this, he’s been strong and he’s been honest.

“He’s in a really tough position, and I don’t think ‘sympathy’s’ the right word because I don’t pity him at all, I admire him, but I have a lot of empathy with what he’s wrestling with.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

GOP Eyes Scott Walker for 2016 as Christie’s Star Fades.


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By Melanie Batley

Republican Party strategists say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could be the new hope to lead the GOP presidential ticket in 2016 as the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal takes its toll on the presumed frontrunner, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Walker, according to pundits, carries the necessary appeal among conservatives to win a GOP primary, but his success in a blue state indicates he may be one of the few possible contenders capable of winning over independent voters in a general election, Politico reports.

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“Chris Christie took a big fall after bridge-gate. It makes sense that Scott Walker’s stock would rise,” Ron Bonjean, a GOP strategist and Wisconsin native, told Politico. “I think he has as excellent a chance as anyone else in the GOP primary at this point.”

Walker was elected governor in 2010 and went on to survive a bruising recall fight in 2012 that was fueled by the unions who were irate over his proposed budget repair plan and changes to collective bargaining rights for state employees.

“Look at the guy — he got elected in Milwaukee County twice [as Milwaukee County Executive], then governor, then a recall election,” a former top Romney bundler told The Daily Beast. “He’s battle-tested.”

Walker currently faces a re-election battle against Democrat Mary Burke, the daughter of the founder of bicycle manufacturer Trek. He already has a significant financial advantage over Burke, having raised $4.6 million in the second half of 2013. Burke has just $1.3 million, $400,000 of which are her own funds.

“I’ve heard a lot of interest in Walker,” Charlie Black, veteran GOP strategist and adviser to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, told Politico. He added that if Walker wins re-election, he’ll “have a great record not only in Wisconsin but a great electoral record, having won three times in five years in a blue state.”

Commentators say Walker is also unique for his solidly middle class image and status as a Washington outsider. Nevertheless, they say, the GOP field for 2016 remains wide open, and Christie’s national political profile could still recover.

“There are no frontrunners. There are six to 10 really good candidates,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, according to Politico. “I think we’ll have a very broad campaign group.”

Gingrich added, “Assuming that he survives the bridge problem, and I think he will, Christie is going to end up a very formidable candidate.”

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Report: Ex-CIA Deputy Director May Have Altered Benghazi Talking Points.


Image: Report: Ex-CIA Deputy Director May Have Altered Benghazi Talking PointsMichael Morell

By Lisa Barron

The recent Senate Intelligence Committee report on Benghazi suggests that the former deputy director of the CIA played a role in shaping the official “talking points” about the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Michael Morell may have altered the government’s explanation for the assault to benefit the Obama administration, reports Fox News.

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The panel’s reports showed that on Sept.15, four days after the attacks and one day before U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on various Sunday talk shows, Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya stating that they were “not/not an escalation of protests.”

But that same day, according to Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge, although Morell cut the word “Islamic” from the talking points, he left the word “demonstration.”

And despite the fact that the CIA and the FBI on Sept. 18 reviewed the closed circuit footage showing there were no protests, President Obama still referred to a demonstration two days later, reported Fox.

Intelligence analysts stayed with the explanation “without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements to corroborate that assertion. The IC (intelligence community) took too long to correct these erroneous reports,” said the Senate report.

In November 2012, as the controversy over the talking points escalated, Morell accompanied Rice to a meeting with Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Morell defended Rice’s TV appearances and maintained there was confusion about what happened in Benghazi, Graham told Fox.

“What I found curious is that he did not accept responsibility for changing the talking points. He told me the FBI had done this. I called the FBI — they went ballistic. And I am sure somebody from the FBI called Mike Morell, but within 24 hours, his statement was changed where he admitted the CIA had done it,” Graham said.

Herridge pointed to an interview Morell gave to The Wall Street Journal last August in which he spoke about his interest “in advising future presidential campaigns,” and noted that The Journal, citing unnamed officials, also reported that Morell “is close to Hillary Clinton.”

“He’s put himself out there as a political player,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. Judicial Watch is reportedly suing in federal court for the talking points documents and recently obtained 70 heavily redacted pages.

“You have to wonder what he was thinking at the time he was deleting these talking points in a way that benefited the Obama administration, and Hillary Clinton personally,” Fitton said.

Since leaving government Morell has joined Beacon Global Strategies, a government relations firm founded by Philippe Reines, whom the New York Times magazine recently described as “Clinton’s principal gatekeeper.”

Morell issued a written statement to Fox saying that the Senate report “…strongly supports the CIA’s long-standing position that neither the unclassified talking points nor the classified analysis on which they were based were in any way politicized. While not perfect, neither the talking points nor the analysis were produced with any political agenda in mind. None.”

“I think given what was said by him and others, and where they’re headed, down the political road, would justify revisiting this issue,” Graham told Fox.

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McCain: Arizona GOP Reprimand ‘Fires Me Up’ to Run Again.


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By Elliot Jager

Sen. John McCain said “extremists” were behind his censure by the Arizona Republican Party but that it just encourages him to seek re-election.

McCain’s accusers say he is too tight with liberal Democrats and their positions,Breitbart News reported.  McCain said it’s all about his support for Obamacare.

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“It’s regrettable, but I think it’s a case where a lot of extremists have taken over the Republican Party and one of their complaints about me was that I support Obamacare. That’s unethical to say that,” McCain told the site.

McCain said the state GOP reprimand “fires me up” as he weighs whether to run for re-election in 2016, when he would be 80 years old.

“We’ve got polling data that shows overwhelming support. I’ve won every election in Arizona by very large margins, quite often with the opposition of [the right flank] of the party,” Politico reported.

The state GOP said McCain, an Arizona Republican, has a “long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring, and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as amnesty, funding for Obamacare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees, assaults on the Constitution and Second Amendment,” the resolution read.

McCain responded that he had “led the fight for 25 days on the floor of the Senate” against Obamacare.

He opposed the conservative strategy of closing down the government in October 2013 rather than allowing any spending bill that funds the Affordable Care Act to pass.

He said that Republicans would be blamed for any shutdown and warned: “I know how the movie ends: We don’t defund Obamacare until we have 67 Republicans in the United States Senate,” Politico reported.

Meanwhile, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s vice presidential running mate, came to his defense in a Monday Facebook posting: “I consider Senator John McCain an American hero and a friend. He fights to remind our president that the federal government’s first priority must be strong defense of our homeland, and … he fights against big-spending colleagues who don’t prioritize for our military’s needs,” The Washington Post reported.

Palin said that while they did not agree on all the issues, including immigration reform and the debt, Palin said she found it “perplexing” that McCain’s efforts to block the Obama agenda had been ignored and possibly undermined by his opponents to the right in Arizona.

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McCain: Jimmy Carter’s Failure ‘Pales in Comparison’ to Obama’s.


The Obama administration’s dearth of leadership has surpassed the failure of Jimmy Carter’s presidency and is helping al-Qaida gain footholds around the globe, laying the foundation for extremist Muslim terror groups to take up residence on U.S. soil, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said Tuesday on a Phoenix radio show.

“If you don’t care about Syria, my dear listeners, if you don’t care about Syria, it’s becoming a regional conflict,” he said while a guest on The Mike Broomhead Show.

“It’s spread to Lebanon. It’s spread to Turkey. It’s spread to Jordan. It is spreading throughout the region, and sooner or later it will affect the United States of America if you allow a place to become a base for al-Qaida.”

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McCain fielded listeners’ questions and offered his take on everything from the Super Bowl to Syria. He slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for failing to take responsibility for the deaths of a United States ambassador and three others in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 people.

McCain railed against Obama, Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry, who he criticized for negotiating with Russia while that nation supports Syria with arms during the civil war there.

“Eleven thousand people have been tortured to death and killed and beaten and murdered in the custody of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” McCain said, referring to Assad as “a monster” who instructs his soldiers to “rape, torture and murder.”

McCain directed most of his ire at Obama and Clinton. McCain vowed to launch a thorough investigation of the Benghazi incident if the GOP wins control of the Senate in the midterm elections this fall.

“I will be chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and we will not quit until we get the testimony of those survivors, those brave Americans that fought,” he promised.

The senator lauded New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for swiftly acting on the bridge-closing scandal and immediately firing top level aides involved. Hillary Clinton, McCain chided, should learn something from Christie’s accountability.

“What the hell is going on when our secretary of state is not held responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, nor has anyone ever been held responsible for the deaths of four Americans?” he railed. “There’s a real double standard. Chris Christie held people responsible for what was obviously an abuse of power. Hillary Clinton has never taken responsibility even though the intelligence committee, Republican Party report, mentioned her specifically.”

Obama’s leadership is so deficient that Jimmy Carter’s epic failure as president “pales in comparison,” McCain says.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” he said. “I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.”

McCain said it’s unfathomable that Obama complains about not being able to accomplish anything because of the gridlock in Washington.

“He’s the president and he’s talking like he’s a bystander, an observer.”

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By Melissa Clyne

McCain: US Should Have Kept Residual Forces in Iraq.


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By Amy Woods

U.S. Sen. John McCain suggested Sunday sending Gen. David Petraeus, former commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, and Ryan Crocker, former ambassador to Iraq, back to the Mideast to help quell the violence spreading throughout the region.

“[Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-] Maliki trusts them,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“It’s not just Iraq,” he said. “When you look at Iraq/Syria, you are seeing an al-Qaida enclave there, and that is very dangerous to American national security.”

The recent al-Qaida insurgence in Iraq has the country slipping toward a civil war less than three years after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

“Now we see Fallujah vehicles driving down the main street with al-Qaida flags,” McCain said. “It’s very distressing to those veterans who fought so hard. This president wanted out. We got out. It would never say the number of troops that they wanted to have there, so Maliki decided to go his own way, and we’re now seeing dramatically increased Iranian influence there in Iraq.

“We could have kept a residual force there, and anybody who tells you we couldn’t is not telling the truth,” he added.

During the interview, the Republican slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for refusing to consider amendments to the unemployment-insurance bill.

“If we could have open debate in the United States Senate and amendments, then maybe we could make it better in the long run,” McCain said. “Instead, it’s being rammed through, cut off debate, no amendments, and that’s not the way the Senate should function.”

McCain addressed the Chris Christie bridge scandal on the talk show and said the New Jersey governor and likely presidential candidate will survive “as long as another shoe doesn’t drop.”

“I don’t think he could have handled it any better than he has so far,” McCain said of Christie’s lengthy press conference last week in response to revelations about a politically motivated traffic jam planned by the governor’s staff.
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Republicans Shocked over Cheney Exit from Senate Race.


Wyoming Republicans expressed surprise today as Liz Cheney ended her primary challenge of U.S. Senator Michael Enzi, citing undisclosed health issues in her family.

“We were all shocked,” said Susan Thomas, a member of the state party’s executive committee and widow of former Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming. “It would have been a close race. It was going to be a tough, hard-hitting race. This is obviously pretty big in her family or she wouldn’t have done this.”

In a posting to her Facebook account, Cheney said she was leaving the race because “serious health issues have recently arisen in our family.”

Cheney, 47, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she was motivated to enter the contest because of her children and that “their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority.”

The challenger faced an uphill battle, and was criticized for not living in the state for long. The race pitted anti- government spending Tea Party activists against more traditional Republicans and reflected divisions that have burdened the party nationally since 2010, with some incumbents challenged if they’re viewed as too willing to compromise or not vocal enough in their opposition to Democrats.

Enzi, 69, who said July 16 that he would seek a fourth term, had said that Cheney told him that she wouldn’t run if he did, an assertion she challenged after entering the race.

Liz Cheney’s comments opposing same-sex marriage had set off a feud with her sister, Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian and married her partner last year.

In the statement, Cheney thanked her supporters.

“As a mother and a patriot, I know that the work of defending freedom and protecting liberty must continue for each generation,” she said. “Though this campaign stops today, my commitment to keep fighting with you and your families for the fundamental values that have made this nation and Wyoming great will never stop.”

Dick Cheney had criticized Enzi, as he sought to boost his daughter’s campaign.

“He doesn’t get much money from Wyoming,” Cheney said Oct. 27 on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “In the quarter just reported, Liz got 25 percent of her funds from Wyoming; he got 13 percent of his from Wyoming.”

Liz Cheney had called Enzi part of an aging Republican establishment. Enzi held a 92 percent rating from the American Conservative Union, a Washington-based group that opposes President Barack Obama’s agenda.

The primary challenge split the Republican party, with incumbents such as Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, volunteering to campaign for Enzi.

“I have grown to admire and respect Mike Enzi — I’ll tell you, he’s one of these solid guys,” McCain said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” in July. “I know nothing that Mike Enzi would do that didn’t deserve re-election.”

Thomas said she’d be surprised if any other serious candidates challenge Enzi.

“I don’t think so,” she said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think there will be anybody as strong as Liz.”

The stakes for the race were higher for the Cheney brand than the Republican Party’s efforts to win control of the Senate in 2014. In such a heavily Republican state — Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama by 41 percentage points in November — the primary’s winner is almost certain to win the seat.

“However that race went, we would have had a Republican senator,” said Marti Halverson, a member of the Republican National Committee from Wyoming.

Cheney and her husband moved to the Jackson Hole area in the state’s picturesque northwest corner in 2012. Speculation about her political ambition started immediately.

Her parents, Dick and Lynne Cheney, live on an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course with views of the Teton Mountain Range. They hosted a $30,000-per-couple fundraiser for Romney in 2012 at the home.

After moving to the area, Liz Cheney started making frequent appearances at county-level Republican Party events, sometimes joined by her father.

Her campaign announcement highlighted her family’s more than 100-year Wyoming history, including her father’s representation of the state in Congress from 1979 to 1989, an effort to preempt charges that she’s a carpetbagger who moved from suburban Washington, D.C., to run for office.

 

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Boehner: Immigration Reform Will Be Tackled ‘One Step at a Time’.


House Speaker John Boehner is expected to back step-by-step measures to revamp the country’s immigration laws in a way that non-tea party conservatives can live with, The New York Times reported.
He previously signaled that he would take positions — on the budget and immigration — opposed by the tea party faction saying that it had “lost all credibility.”
Boehner is still against the Senate’s immigration bill as too sweeping a way to address the presence of all 11 million illegal immigrants, according to the Times.
“The American people are skeptical of big, comprehensive bills, and frankly, they should be,” he said. “The only way to make sure immigration reform works this time is to address these complicated issues one step at a time.
“I think doing so will give the American people confidence that we’re dealing with these issues in a thoughtful way and a deliberative way,” Boehner said.
Boehner lately hired immigration specialist Rebecca Tallent who had worked for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., an advocate of immigration reform.
Non-tea party Republicans could back a series of individual bills — after the 2014 primary season — that would grant legal status to, among others, agricultural laborers and those who were brought to the United States illegally as minors by their parents, according to the Times.
House Republicans will discuss immigration reform at a retreat later in January.Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, architect of the budget deal, is expected to play a key role in articulating a Republican immigration strategy, the Times reported.

Immigration reform could help Republicans make inroads in the sizable bloc of Hispanic voters which Mitt Romney overwhelmingly lost to President Barack Obama, the Times reported.
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By Elliot Jager

Langone: Pope’s Comments on Rich Upsets Wealthy Church Donors.


Billionaire investor Ken Langone has told New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan that Pope Francis may be hurting fundraising projects for the Roman Catholic Church with his controversial criticism of capitalism.

Langone, the Home Depot founder who is leading the push to raise $180 million to give New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral a facelift, said at least one seven-figure donor is reluctant to give financial aid to the church following the pontiff’s comments, according to CNBC.

The pope angered capitalists in the U.S. and around the world with his attack in November on trickle-down economics, which he said leads to a “culture of prosperity” that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.

Langone, who calls himself a devout Catholic and prays every morning, told CNBC he had brought up the problem a couple of times with Dolan.

“I’ve told the cardinal, ‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country,'” Langone said.

The pope made his comments about capitalism during his first “exhortation”, a 224-page document that appeared to vilify the rich while attacking “an economy of exclusion and inequality” resulting from “the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation.”

The pope also lambasted the “idolatry of money” and called capitalism “the new tyranny,” adding that in many cases the wealthy were “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”

The criticism was immediately slammed by the likes of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, who called it “pure Marxism,” and Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, who said he was “not enamored” with the pope’s “economic perspective.”

In response to Langone’s comments, Dolan told CNBC that the Pope Francis’ message had been misinterpreted. He said he told Langone, “Well, Ken, that would be a misunderstanding of the Holy Father‘s message. The pope loves poor people. He also loves rich people. ‘Ken, thanks for bringing it to my attention. We’ve gotta correct to make sure this gentleman understands the Holy Father’s message properly.’ And then I think he’s gonna say, ‘Oh, OK. If that’s the case, count me in for St. Patrick’s Cathedral.'”

Dolan added that in his conversations with the pope, he had praised Americans for their spirit of giving.

“In the one long sit-down that I had with him, the Holy Father told me that he has a lot of gratitude for the generosity of the Catholic Church in the United States. He’s aware of our help to the missions, to the poor of the world, to international development, to peace . . . and justice.”

Still, Langone urged the pope “to celebrate a positive point of view rather than focusing on the negative.” He also that “there is no nation on earth that is so forthcoming, so giving” as the United States.

According to CNBC, the U.S. ranks No. 1 in the Charities Aid Foundation’s most recent World Giving Index.

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