Sunday, March 1, 2015

House Fails To Pass Bill Funding Homeland Security

The House of Representatives failed on Friday to pass a bill temporarily funding the Department of Homeland Security, raising the likelihood that DHS will enter a partial shutdown at midnight.

The bill would have funded the department at current levels for three weeks, giving Congress more time to negotiate a long-term solution. But the Democratic minority held firm against the stopgap plan — Democrats say they will only support a clean bill that funds the department through the end of the fiscal year — and Republican leadership was not able to gather enough GOP votes to pass the measure, which fell 203 to 224.…

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Trump Isn’t Sure About Bush, But ‘I’m Actually A Nice Person’

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

OXON HILL, Md. — Donald Trump is no fan of Jeb Bush, and he isn’t sure he could support the former Florida governor if Bush became the Republican presidential nominee.

“I’d have to think about that. But I certainly don’t know right now,” the New York real estate developer told McClatchy in an interview Friday.

Trump is particularly bothered by Bush’s support for the Common Core educational standards and a path to legalization for some immigrants.

“I think it’s going to be very hard for him, certainly to get the nomination, and I think it’s going to be hard for him to win the race,” Trump said.…

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Rubio On Immigration: I’ve Learned My Lesson

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

OXON HILL, Md. — Senator Marco Rubio of Florida delighted a gathering of conservative activists from around the country Friday morning, saying America doesn’t owe him anything but that he owes a “debt to America that I will never be able to repay.”

Before a mostly full ballroom at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, the Republican and potential presidential candidate recounted his personal history, one that took his parents — with little money, no connections and limited education — from Cuba to South Florida.

“Less than four decades later, all four of their children live the lives and the dreams that my parents once had for themselves,” Rubio told the gathering.…

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