VIDEO: Immigration Manufactured Drama. On MSNBC

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Pu-leaze. Spare me the manufactured drama over immigration. Today, it’s 2014 midterm elections and the GOP calculation to hold the House and perhaps narrowly capture the Senate (despite a few “rogue” Republicans such as Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman). The strategy relies on voter turnout which for midterms, hinges on reliables–older, white voters. Some are against […]

VIDEO: Putin Pressure on Obama and the GOP. On MSNBC

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The Ukrainian Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with President Obama on Wednesday to discuss the escalating situation that, if not plunging us back into a Cold War, has certainly broken the so-called reset button between the U.S. and Russia. What happens there has big repercussions here: the debilitating situation has ratcheted up the pressure […]

VIDEO: Federal Minimum Wage Hike–Solution or Problem on MSNBC

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How best to preserve our eroding middle class and grow it in the near future so more Americans can have opportunities to succeed? This question is at the heart of a decades long Washington political battle between Republicans and Democrats. At least since the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama has been referring to growing the middle class […]

VIDEO: Guv Chris Christie and Prez Obama: Liability or Asset? On MSNBC

Distance. It’s happened to everyone: you’ve imposed it to keep someone at bay or someone has done it to you. Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, this practice has its roots in the grammar schoolyard. The powerful corridors of politics is no different, especially as the fundraising/campaigning cycle grows closer. Chris Christie is […]

To Save Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Advocates Must Volunteer at Old Folks Homes

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Our 24/7 Twitter-powered media culture covers politics like a horse race–scoreboards and all–and easily assigns blame. With comprehensive immigration reform, shining a harsh spotlight on Republicans is justified because they have been unable to reign in the fringe–despite hemorrhaging the Latino vote in 2012 and autopsy reports which conclude outreach to new voters such as minorities is beneficial […]

Immigration Reform: Where’s the Center?

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Immigration is that can that’s always being kicked down the road–displaced by the global financial meltdown, passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare“), Syria‘s gassing of civilians, heck, even this season’s premier of Scandal on ABC. But now that the government shutdown is finito, having narrowly averted a debt default, immigration is back…for now. […]

GOP Strat and the Fall or What I Said on MSNBC

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Before Congress‘ recess, immigration reform advocates strategized how to keep precious momentum after legislation survived as I write in “Congress Recess of Immigration Advocacy or My First “Bro fest” on SiriusXM’s Politics Powered by Twitter.” This is no small feat for immigration watchers who witnessed the bill die in the Senate in 2007. Supporters are trying […]

Immigration Losers: GOP and “The Deportation Prez” or What I Said on MSNBC

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Washington’s groupthink has the immigration heat solely turned up on the GOP. They certainly are in the news–with some House Republican holdouts threatening to derail an overhaul to the immigration laws, Speaker John Boehner unable to tame his unruly conference, and the crazies–the Congressman Steve Kings of the world, who compare immigrants to dogs, liken DREAMers–students […]