A memo on Obama administration immigration policy suggests unilaterally delaying and reducing punishment for those apprehended for being in the U.S. illegally. Several Republicans in Congress see this as a potential move by Obama to enact an amnesty agenda without the consent of the legislative branch. What does this tell us about the Obama agenda? Is it possible to make the case Obama has that kind of authority on his own? We ask California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who says such a move by Obama would be ‘declaring war on the American people’.
Archives for July 2010
As the Congress battles over climate change legislation and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Capitol Steps meet some of the true believers in the green movement. Our guest is Steps star and co-founder Elaina Newport.
Haitian Horrors and Hope
Six months ago, a devastating earthquake leveled much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. And while the television cameras have left, how well or how poorly is the recovery process going? What are current living conditions like for most people? What are the greatest priorities? How are the people dealing emotionally and spiritually with the destruction? We ask John Boyd, president of Mission Aviation Fellowship, a Christian missions group with more than two decades of service to the people of Haiti.
Until the past couple of years, former Fox News and MSNBC reporter Rita Cosby never knew the story of her father’s difficult youth in Poland. But in discovering some family possessions, she finally prompted her dad to discuss his service in the Polish resistance to Nazi Germany, his time as a POW and his unforgettable encounter with U.S. forces. Rita Cosby joins us to share the incredible story and to highlight the work the USO does for our troops. It’s work you can support at quiethero.org.
The Fight Over Net Neutrality
Washington continues to be a battleground between the government and the private sector in many areas of the economy – and the internet is no different. So will one side or the other win, or is the answer somewhere in the middle? Radio America’s Jasen Sokol has the story in a segment produced by Tienyue Wu.
U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran Jesse Kelly is running for Congress in Arizona. In addition to his passion for secure borders, how would Kelly vote on key issues related to our economy, the war on terrorism and health care. We catch up with Kelly just three weeks before a tough GOP primary.
Electoral College Chaos
Many Democrats were very upset with the 2000 presidential election, after Al Gore won the popular vote but George W. Bush captured the electoral college vote and the White House. Now, several left-leaning states are hoping to avoid another such episode by awarding their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote. What do Democratic state leaders believe this will achieve? Is it remotely Constitutional? Does the electoral college need and improvement? We ask Larry Sabato, professor of political science at the University of Virginia and author of “A More Perfect Constitution”.
Confronting North Korea
Tensions along the Korean Peninsula are higher than usual in the wake of North Korea sinking a South Korean vessel. What is the U.S. policy on North Korea and how much of it depends on Chinese involvement? And is China inclined to force North Korea back into line? Radio America’s Jasen Sokol has the story in a report produced by Tienyue Wu.
Attacking the Debt
Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist recently testified before the bipartisan panel tasked with recommending ways to reduce the national debt. What approach does he expect to come from the committee? What are some of his ideas to bring down federal spending? Why is dealing with the cost of the federal workforce a major key to spending restraint? We discuss it all with Grover Norquist.
From record deficits and massive spending in Washington to states awash in red ink to local governments wasting money, many voters and activists have had enough. Spending Revolt is a coalition of groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste and Americans for Prosperity. AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen explains what triggered this movement more than anything else and what it is asking from voters more than anything else.