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Pro-immigration senators are now proposing a "border surge."
In an effort to secure passage of the embattled immigration bill, two Republicans, Bob Corker and John Hoeven, are proposing an amendment that would, according to The New York Times, call for an increase in "the current border patrol force to 40,000 agents from 21,000, as well as for the completion of 700 miles of fence on the nation's southern border."
From the evidence so far, there's no good reason to let the National Security Agency continue its massively intrusive practice of logging our private phone calls. Congress should pull the plug.
In 1951, a man named Walter Byers became the first-ever executive director of the NCAA, an organization that at the time was both toothless and penniless. That year, the NCAA had been forced to abandon its short-lived "Sanity Code," an effort to rein in excesses in college athletics. Byers, who had been an assistant at the Big Ten Conference, was given a room at the Big Ten for his office. He had one employee: his assistant. He was 29 years old.
President Obama's second term is already beleaguered by the same barrier that stymied his first four years -- a Congress that seems unable or unwilling to get its most serious business done. He looks longingly if not overly optimistically toward the 2014 congressional elections to bring him a Democratic majority on Capitol Hill that may be a pipedream.
If the national economy isn't stimulating enough jobs for millions, how can mayors, business and other metro-area leaders figure out routes to decent-paying jobs for more of their people?
Immigration ironically has become the sort of wedge issue for Republicans that Republicans used to inflict on Democrats.
Back when liberal Democrats dominated Washington in the 1960s, Republicans like Richard M. Nixon divided their opposition with issues like racial quotas, welfare reform and "crime in the streets." Their success showed up in the "Reagan Democrats," among others who helped the Grand Old Party win five of the six presidential elections between 1968 and 1988.
It makes no difference if Edward Snowden, who had fled to Hong Kong and revealed that the American government was spying upon American citizens, is a traitor or a hero.
The roof fell in on John Boehner's House of Representatives last week. The Republican leadership's humiliating defeat on a deeply flawed and inhumane farm bill was as clear a lesson as we'll get about the real causes of dysfunction in the nation's capital.