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Dems. Recall Holocaust In Push For More Syrian Refugees

Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the administration is planning to admit at least 185,000 refugees over the next two years, including 10,000 Syrians in the first year. In reaction, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the ranking member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security reiterated their call for more Syrian refugees. While Democrats push for more Syrian refugees, Republicans are highlighting the national security risks associated with admitting thousands of individuals from terrorist hot spots — particularly when ISIS has indicated it seeks to use the refugee flow as a means of infiltrating the West.

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Democrats Call For Improved Communication Following Steinle Murder

“Whenever an innocent person is lost to violence, as a society we should consider what steps we can take to make our communities safer. Moving forward, we believe San Francisco and the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice should improve communication to ensure all interests are weighed in future cases,” the two California lawmakers wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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Congressional Dems Junket to Karnes City, Rip into Obama

Eight Democratic members of Congress flew into south Texas on Monday to see the detention camps holding thousands of illegal aliens. Lead by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, they visited one camp in Karnes City and another near Dilley, and came away with stark impressions.

Big Tech Donors Mostly Lean Dem

National Journal took at look at campaign donations this cycle and details what it describes as ” some of the most influential political donors in tech this cycle” here. At the same time, with so many options available to inject money into political

CA Atty General Convenes Group to Provide Lawyers for Illegals

CA Atty General Convenes Group to Provide Lawyers for Illegals

California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris is looking to provide illegal immigrants who are flooding across the border with lawyers, which will ensure they get better treatment than Americans who are not guaranteed representation in civil cases. According to the Los

Goodlatte Says Obama Responsible for Crisis After Visiting Border

Goodlatte Says Obama Responsible for Crisis After Visiting Border

Fresh off a tour of the U.S. border with Mexico, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said it is clear that Obama administration policies have lead to the recent surge in unaccompanied minors and family units illegally entering the U.S.

Lawmakers Converge on the Border to See the Crisis for Themselves

Lawmakers Converge on the Border to See the Crisis for Themselves

House members are converging on the border this weekend and next week to see for themselves the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the southwest border. Since October more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained crossing into the

Union Threatens Dems Who Oppose Keystone Pipeline

Union Threatens Dems Who Oppose Keystone Pipeline

A construction trades union is jumping into the 2014 midterms. While it isn’t surprising when a union engages in politics, this particular union is going against the usual grain for union political expenditures by using its campaign dollars to threaten

Rangel Lawsuit Against Those Who Censured Him Dismissed by D.C. Court

Rangel Lawsuit Against Those Who Censured Him Dismissed by D.C. Court

A civil lawsuit against members of the House and Congressional staff filed by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) was dismissed by the U.S. District Court of Columbia on Wednesday. Rangel sued House Speaker John Boehner and other House members in April over

Two Republicans Quit House's 'Gang of Seven' Immigration Group

Two Republicans Quit House's 'Gang of Seven' Immigration Group

Two Republicans who were members of the House’s “gang of seven” that was writing the House’s comprehensive immigration reform bill quit the group on Friday.  Reps. John Carter (R-TX) and Sam Johnson (R-TX) withdrew from the group, citing a lack

House Committee Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

House Committee Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

By JIM ABRAMSAssociated PressWASHINGTONThe House is girding for another wrenching debate on abortion after a House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. Several recent court decisions

Holder: No Written Recusal on AP Phone Record Grab

Holder: No Written Recusal on AP Phone Record Grab

During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said there is nothing in writing verifying he actually recused himself from the Associated Press phone records seizure scandal. “We looked,” Holder said when being questioned

Anonymous Attacks Threaten to Derail Very Reforms They Want

Anonymous Attacks Threaten to Derail Very Reforms They Want

There’s been a rash of activity recently by the “hackivist” group Anonymous against US government websites as part of what’s been called #OpLastResort. The attacks started when group attacked Department of Justice computers on January 25th. The attack was significant

Secret Bipartisan House Immigration Group Set To Unveil Plan

Secret Bipartisan House Immigration Group Set To Unveil Plan

For almost four years, a secret bipartisan group of six House members has reportedly been working to fashion a comprehensive immigration reform bill that they plan to unveil sometime next week. Sources have confirmed to The Hill that the six

House Readies Its Own Immigration Plan

House Readies Its Own Immigration Plan

Today, it was revealed that a small group of House members have been meeting to draft legislation on immigration reform. The effort is reminiscent of the “Gang of 8” agreement in the Senate announced with great fan fare just over

Democrats To Expand Healthcare Coverage To DREAM Act Recipients

Democrats To Expand Healthcare Coverage To DREAM Act Recipients

A group of Reps. led by Barbara Lee (D-CA) is asking Obama to extend healthcare coverage to the children of illegal immigrants for whom he waived deportation months before the election. These “DREAMers” — so-called because they are recipients of

Katy Perry Teams Up With Anti-Taxers to Fight Big Government

Katy Perry Teams Up With Anti-Taxers to Fight Big Government

A coalition of 125 celebrity musicians, including pop singer Katy Perry, have joined forces with anti-tax advocates including Grover Norquist and the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) to oppose an intellectual property “reform” bill that critics charge expands government to the

Take Down 132 Websites in 'Cyber Monday' Crackdown

Take Down 132 Websites in 'Cyber Monday' Crackdown

132 websites were seized on Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and European officials for allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise. The seizures were timed for “Cyber Monday” because that is the day many online retailers offer great discounts and promotions.  This

Good News and Bad for Congressional 'Ethics'

The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), the most important ethics reform for the House in a generation, appears to be safe from being disbanded for now. While Republican leadership has never liked the idea of the OCE, this was the

Is Your Congressman or Senator a 'National Security Failure'?

The Center just released its ninth National Security Scorecard for the 111th Congress, 2009-2010, and identified several “Champions of National Security” – legislators who voted 100% with the Center’s positions on all votes for which they were present. Members of