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McConnell Cools on Immigration Reform:


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By Elliot Jager

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that differences between the House and Senate on immigration reform are too big to bridge in 2014, The Hill reported.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bipartisan immigration bill in June that would set a path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.

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McConnell said the differences between the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House are “irresolvable,” the Hill reported.

“I don’t see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a different place,” said McConnell.

McConnell is facing off against tea party opponent Matt Bevin in Kentucky’s GOP primary. Bevin has taken a hard-nosed anti-immigration stance.

Republican strategists including William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, and Erick Erickson, the editor-in-chief of RedState, have argued that this is not the time to tackle immigration. Doing so, they say, would call attention to divisions within the party and take attention away from the failures of President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

House Republican leaders led by Speaker John Boehner had issued a statement of principles on immigration, in conjunction with the recent House retreat, that would revamp the country’s immigration laws a little at a time and in a way that non-tea party conservatives could live with.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who helped to craft the principles, said he does not know if an immigration law can be passed. “That is clearly in doubt,” he told ABC’s “This Week” and depends on whether Democrats were willing to “secure the border,” and “agree to not having an amnesty,” The Hill reported.

Republican Rep. Jeff Denham of California who supports immigration reform, said that the House leadership has not given up,  according to Breitbart. 

“I think leadership’s focus and my focus is to get [immigration] done as early as possible. It’s part of our conference agenda right now. It doesn’t go on the agenda without scheduling bills and scheduling time on the floor,” Denham said.

Meanwhile, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who backed the Senate immigration bill, said that McConnell was probably right about prospects for immigration reform.

“The Democrats want amnesty and the Republicans would like to solve this problem, but in the House they’re not about to give amnesty,” he said.

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GOP Lining Up Against Boehner Immigration Plan.


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By Lisa Barron

The GOP House leadership has yet to unveil its new framework for immigration reform, but conservatives are already gearing up for a challenge.

House Speaker John Boehner is expected to release a plan to fellow Republicans at a three-day Chesapeake Bay retreat starting Wednesday that would give millions of  immigrants already in the country illegally a path to legal status; it would also offer a path to citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

That has some of the party’s conservative strategists pushing back publicly.

“It’s one of the few things that could actually disrupt what looks like a strong Republican year,” William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, told The New York Times, calling the push “a recipe for disaster.”

National Review editorial on Monday  titled “Don’t Do It,” also argued against reform at this stage.

“The basic tactical reason not to act now is that the last thing the party needs is a brutal intramural fight when it has been dealt a winning hand on Obamacare,” the editors wrote.
“The other prudential reason not to act is that President Obama obviously can’t be trusted. Any immigration deal would have to trade enhanced enforcement for an amnesty. Since the president refuses to enforce key provisions of his own healthcare law, let alone provisions of immigration law he finds uncongenial, he obviously can’t be relied on to follow up on his end of any bargain,” they added.

Some legislators also are staunchly opposed to the plan. Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa believes that undocumented immigrants who are allowed to become citizens will eventually vote for Democrats, according to The Los Angeles Times.

“It’s political suicide for Republicans to do this,” he told the newspaper.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is expected to make his case for an overhaul of immigration policy in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

“There are important economic consequences for passing immigration reform, from expanding economic opportunity to creating jobs, to reducing the deficit,” a senior administration official told The Los Angeles Times Monday, adding, “There are a whole lot of good reasons for the Congress to take action on this.”

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Kristol: Palin Can Rehabilitate Herself with Alaska Senate Win.


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By Dan Weil

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can get her political career back on track with a victory in the Alaska Senate race next year, says The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol.

Palin quit as governor in July 2009, nearly 18 months before the end of her term.

“The way Palin would possibly resurrect herself, if that’s the right word, or rehabilitate herself I guess a better way of putting it, [is to] run for Senate in Alaska in 2014,” Kristol told ABC’s “This Week” program.

Palin has said she is considering running.

If she won the Republican primary, she likely would face incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in the general election.

“I’m not urging” Palin to run, Kristol cautioned. “I’m just saying if I were her adviser I would say, ‘Take on the incumbent. You have to win a primary, then you have to beat an incumbent Democrat. It’s not easy.'”

But there would be a payoff if she’s successful, Kristol said.

“Suddenly, if she can imagine that, ‘Sarah Palin, freshman senator, Jan. 15, in Washington having beaten an incumbent,’ that would be pretty interesting.”

Palin has to overcome her mid-term departure as governor, Kristol said. She had become embroiled in ethical issues and said her entire day was spent fighting the claims. She said she did not intend to fight for a second term, which meant that if she stayed in office she would be a lame-duck governor.

“Stepping down as governor of Alaska was a big problem,” said Kristol. “People don’t like to see a governor, . . . absent some medical reason or whatever, just leave office early. And she’d been a good governor . . . until then.

“That, I think, is something she has to recover from in terms of being a serious leader in the party. She still has a lot of loyalty. She can still shape the debate. She has a great political touch.”

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Bill Kristol: ‘A Year Ago Obama Said al-Qaida on Run, Now It’s US on Run’.


Despite President Barack Obama’s words four years ago that al Qaida is “on the run,” it now appears that the United States is in that position, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Four years ago President Obama gave a much heralded speech as outreach to the Muslim world,” Kristol said during a panel discussion. “And now, four years later we are closing embassies throughout the Muslim world. A year ago, the president said al-Qaida is on the run. And now we seem to be on the run.”

The administration closed 22 embassies http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/peter-king-chambliss-threat/2013/08/04/id/518622 throughout northern Africa and the Middle East on Sunday following intercepted communications of al Qaida operatives of possible coordinated attacks.

“I’m not criticizing the decision to close the embassies,” Kristol said. “That’s probably the right thing to do for the sake of trying to save American lives and others, but it’s a terrible thing. “That you know, just a year ago boasting al-Qaida is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

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By Greg Richter

Santorum: Obama’s Failures After Benghazi Led to Current Threat.


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By By Amy Woods and Audrey Hudson

Republican Rick Santorum on Sunday blamed President Barack Obama’s policies for creating the current terrorist threat that has closed more than 20 embassies around the world.

“I think it’s a huge deal, and I think it’s really the consequence of the policies of this administration,” Santorum said on NBC’sMeet the Press,” pointing to last year’s attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

“We’ve seen really nothing other than cover-ups,” said Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator and candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. “What we’ve seen is an administration that has refused to confront radical Islam, that has embraced the Muslim Brotherhood.

Other commentators echoed the theme on Sunday that the embassy closures are a result of the perceived weakness of President Barack Obama and America around the world.

“Four years ago President Obama gave a much heralded speech as outreach to the Muslim world, and now four years later we’re closing embassies throughout the Muslim world,” William Kristol, Weekly Standard editor, said on “Fox News Sunday“.

“A year ago the president said Al Qaida is on the run, and now we seem to be on the run,” Kristol said. “I’m not criticizing the decision to close the embassies, that’s probably the right thing to do for the sake of trying to save American lives and others, but it’s a terrible thing. An unprecedented closure.”

The State Department closed the embassies and consulates for one day and also issued a worldwide travel warning to Americans for the month of August that Al Qaida might be planning an attack.

Former GOP Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who now heads the Heritage Foundation, said the threat is real but it is being fueled by observations of America’s foreign adversaries that the U.S. has been weakened.

“There is a perception of weakness of this administration,” DeMint said.

“The instability around the world is clearly related to at least a perception of a lack of resolve of the United States and a perception of weakness,” DeMint said.

“I’m not questioning what the president’s doing here, in fact I think he should probably be over-cautious rather than under-cautious after Benghazi, but I think what we’re seeing is a reaction to a perception that the United States does not have the will to act,” DeMint said.

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Harman: Kristol Leading GOP on ‘Suicide Mission’.


Former California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman said Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol of leading the Republican Party on a “suicide mission” by opposing the Senate’s immigration bill.

Both appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” where host Chris Wallace brought up the fact that Kristol’s publication had issued a joint editorial with The National Review that said, “Passing any version of the Gang of Eight‘s bill would be worse public policy than passing nothing. House Republicans can do the country a service by putting a stake through its heart.”

Harman, seated right next to Kristol, said the Republican Party would suffer politically if it didn’t help pass immigration reform.

“I think my friend, Bill, is leading his party on a suicide mission,” she said, noting that many Republicans are pushing for reform.

“Good luck winning any presidential election in any near century,” she said, turning to face Kristol.

“Kristol shot back, “I think we’ll do just fine in the next presidential election and in the Senate elections in 2014.”

Obama had 60 senators and huge majority in the House during his first two years in office, but took no action on immigration, Kristol said.

“Did he move an immigration bill to deal with this pressing problem?” an animated Kristol said. “The tragedy of these people in the shadows? I missed that.”

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By Greg Richter

Bill Kristol: Rubio ‘Should Walk Away’ From Immigration Bill.


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By Lisa Barron

Conservative journalist Bill Kristol is advising Sen. Marco Rubio to abandon the bipartisan immigration bill he helped write and push through the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday against heavy odds.

“He should walk away from it. He should say, ‘I made a good faith effort, but you know what, this is not a piece of legislation,'” Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, said Tuesday on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

Calling the bill drafted by the so-called Gang of Eight a “big government, liberal piece of legislation,” Kristol said it will never work and that Congress could do better addressing immigration “issue by issue” in separate bills.

“Think of the trust you have to have in bureaucracy to make all this work. There’ll be certifications and border security, there’ll be tests of whether people paid back taxes,” he said.

“If you like Obamacare, you should like this immigration bill. I honestly think conservatives should oppose it on those grounds alone,” Kristol said.

“I couldn’t vote for this bill,” he added. “I just don’t think it’s good conservative governance, and I don’t think there’s any need to compromise with [New York Democratic Sen.] Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama at this point. There’s no crisis.”

Kristol called on Rubio and other lawmakers not to act on impulse and think that doing something “is better than doing nothing.”

“Because once you legalize, you legalize. “It’s done . . . Once you cross the bridge, you can’t get back,” he said.

Kristol advised Republicans not to tackle immigration reform until the party has a larger majority in Congress or until there’s a Republican in the White House, perhaps in 2017.

“If you have to live with the status quo for a few years, then let’s live with the status quo for a few years,” he said.

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