Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Senator Jeff Flake isn’t giving up on immigration reform.  The junior Senator from Arizona said that he plans to force a vote on a proposal as soon as the Senate returns from its winter recess after next week.  Flake proposed a fallback option for immigration reform last week when it looked like larger plans being put forth by Senators from both sides of the aisle were going to fall through. A Republican plan that would’ve granted a pathway to citizenship…

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Congressman Schiff: Contempt of Congress “Likely” for Steve Bannon

Congressman Schiff: Contempt of Congress “Likely” for Steve Bannon

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff said Friday that it is likely at this point that former top White House adviser Steve Bannon will face contempt of Congress charges for refusing to answer their questions.  The Committee has been engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Bannon and his legal team for weeks about questions the Committee is trying to get him to answer. The body is interested in information Bannon has as part of, first, the Trump…

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Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

White House Chief of Staff Jon Kelly announced new measures aimed at improving the White House’s security clearance process this week.  The move comes in the wake of intense scrutiny the White House has received over the way it handled domestic abuse allegations leveled against a senior member of the team. Revelations were made public in recent weeks that both of former White House Staff Secretary’s Rob Porter’s ex-wives had come forward with allegations that he had physically, emotionally and…

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Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children are left in limbo as immigration reform once again failed to pass in the Congress this week.  The fate of DREAMers is up in the air as Congress enters a week-long recess and a March 5th deadline for the DACA program, which protects those immigrants from deportation, looms. Republicans in the Senate put forth a plan last week that would have granted nearly 2 million…

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Former Mass. Gov. & Republican 2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Declares for Open Utah Senate Seat

Former Mass. Gov. & Republican 2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Declares for Open Utah Senate Seat

Former Governor of Massachusetts and former Republican candidate for president in 2012 Mitt Romney, has announced a bid for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Orrin Hatch.  Romney announced the run in a Tweet Friday morning. Mitt Romney on Twitter I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah’s values to Washington. https://t.co/TDkas6gD2p Romney portrayed his candidacy as one where his Midwestern-Utah values could be a cure for some…

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Immigration Reform Dies Again

Immigration Reform Dies Again

Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats.  Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats?  We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/Immigration_Reform_Dies_Again.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A bipartisan plan put forth by a group of twenty-two senators has drawn the ire of the White House and other agencies in the Trump administration, and failed in a vote in the Senate.  “The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. The bill would grant a 10-12-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were…

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Blue Cross of Idaho Sells Plans Outside of Obamacare’s Requirements

Blue Cross of Idaho Sells Plans Outside of Obamacare’s Requirements

Updated 5:30 p.m. Blue Cross of Idaho announced on Wednesday that it will begin offering insurance plans in the state that do not meet Obamacare’s requirements.  The announcement comes in the wake of a controversial executive order from Governor Butch Otter that allows plans that do not meet all of the federal law’s requirements to be sold in the state. Governor Otter’s plan is to bring less expensive options to the state.  He says Obamacare plans are too expensive and…

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McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

McConnell: Open Debate on Immigration Does Not Mean Unlimited Debate

Senator Mitch McConnell is making one thing clear: it is now or never on immigration.  The Majority Leader has vowed to have an open debate policy when it came to an immigration bill this week, notably allowing an “opportunity for a thousand flowers to bloom,” he said. But McConnell is making it clear that open-debate doesn’t mean endless debate.  And yesterday he said debate on an immigration bill will end this week, giving the Senate 2-3 days to come up…

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Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

Second Federal Judge Strikes Down DACA End

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of New York has become the second federal judge to place an injunction the Trump administration’s ending of the DACA program, the program that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country at a young age.  Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco placed a nationwide injunction on the ending of the program in January. Garaufis wrote that the Trump administration could not end DACA until a “decision on…

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