Unless the seven unify quickly behind the alternative — that the Oklahoma twisters are the sort of natural calamity meriting immediate federal assistance without regard to spending caps — the congressional debate over a relief and recovery package will probably bog down quickly.Share on Facebook
Top conservative leaders, along with tea party activists from across the nation, have crafted a letter of opposition to the Senate’s bipartisan immigration overhaul.
The open letter to the Senate, which will be released Tuesday, marks the first large-scale attempt to halt the bill as it gains momentum with a key Senate committee vote expected this week.Share on Facebook
By late this summer, the State Department plans to send dozens of additional diplomatic security agents to high-threat embassies, install millions of dollars of advanced fire-survival gear and surveillance cameras in those diplomatic posts, and improve training for employees headed to the riskiest missions.
The price tag for the security improvements proposed after the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 has reached $1.4 billion to meet the most urgent needs, including additional personnel. But diplomats and lawmakers say it will take years and billions more dollars to fully carry out the changes called for ….Share on Facebook
The reasons are simple and have been replicated on many a battlefield across Syria in this vastly asymmetrical war, yet they also highlight the complexity of the conflict — the difficulty of uniting rebel ranks, the inconsistency of rebel supplies of weapons and ammunition, and the creativity of Syrian army tactics.Share on Facebook
The Judiciary Committee has considered 99 amendments to the bill so far and will next take up interior enforcement provisions, with work still ongoing to reach deals on an assortment of contentious pieces, including the number of visas for high-skilled immigrants and whether committed gay couples will be included in the bill.Share on Facebook
GA-Sen: We’re not sure how credible this pollster is, but an early look indicates that the Republican primary is a complete tossup. Jack Kingston, Karen Handel, Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun are bunched tightly in the mid-teens, with David Perdue at 6% and over 30% undecided.Share on Facebook
The Obama administration had bet that “naming and shaming” the groups, first in industry reports and then in the Pentagon’s own detailed survey of Chinese military capabilities, might prompt China’s new leadership to crack down on the military’s highly organized team of hackers — or at least urge them to become more subtle.Share on Facebook
The two men barely spoke in the run-up to the 2012 elections, with one exception immediately after the January 2011 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., when McCain praised the president’s handling of the episode. Following that, Obama invited McCain for a face-to-face Oval Office meeting.
But that was about the sum of their interactions — until last November’s elections.Share on Facebook
Obama press secretary Jay Carney had previously acknowledged that the counsel’s office knew that the audit had been completed in April.
The report that White House lawyers may have known the report’s findings weeks before they became public will likely fuel GOP questions about when other senior administration officials first learned about the scandal and if the president should have been notified sooner.Share on Facebook