So, that happened. This week, the fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration policy returns to the halls of Congress, with opponents of the president’s executive actions threatening to cease funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Is this a smart idea? Of course not. But we’ll talk about it as if it might make sense to someone.
Listen to this week’s “So, That Happened” below:
Some highlights from this week:
“Ultimately the borders aren’t going to be open if DHS shuts down. People are not going to be getting on planes without being checked. Immigration is not going to stop deporting people.” — Elise Foley
Meanwhile, potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush went through the ancient campaign ritual of giving a foreign policy philosophy speech, to prove that he cares about foreign policy, and ancient rituals. Did you notice that Jeb Bush has the same last name as another president with a foreign policy? Because this was the week that every political reporter finally noticed that.
“It’s weird because we come to this point and then we start talking about ‘Oh, it’s the so-and-so doctrine.’ I was looking for signs of a ‘Jeb Doctrine’ and not a ‘Bush Doctrine,’ and I didn’t see much distinctions.” — Jason Linkins
Finally, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been having what we are told are world-historical chitchats with people like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and current Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen. What do these meetings augur? Well, none of us were present at the meetings, so we’ll do what media experts call “guessing.”
“I think that sometimes Clinton’s people will say, ‘Look, they aren’t that far away on most policy issues,’ and to some extent that’s true, but actually the rhetoric kind of does matter in a political campaign. … Hillary Clinton is just not that good at talking populist.” — Zach Carter
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