President Obama unveils his proposals for comprehensive immigration reform today in Las Vegas. He’s expected to largely embrace the plan proposed yesterday by the Gang of 8 in the Senate, with some key differences. The big question is whether either plan can pass the Republican House.
The State Department closed the office working to shut down the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, meaning the Obama administration is unable or unwilling to make good on one of the president’s campaign promises from 2008.
All talk and no action: Echoing what Paul Krugman wrote yesterday, New York Times columnist David Brooks writes about how — thus far — there have been plenty of calls by Republicans to change the party than evidence of actual change. And Brooks goes one step further, suggesting that the Republican party is headed for a split.
Bad news for Mitch McConnell: A new poll finds only 17 percent of Kentucky voters say they plan to support his re-election. And with Democratic groups vowing to work with Tea Party types to oust the Minority Leader, McConnell’s got an uphill battle ahead of him.
There’s a very real possibility that Republicans in Iowa could nominate an extreme candidate — Rep. Steve King — as their choice to replace the retiring Sen. Tom Harkin. And that would be a boon for Democrats in the Hawkeye State.