Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) poured cold water on talk of Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) watered-down DREAM Act proposal, saying he doubts it could pass the GOP House.
New data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows that 70 percent of guns found in Mexico originate from the United States. Supporters of stricter gun regulations say those numbers reflect the unintended influence of the United States on Mexico’s devastating drug violence.
Today, the Republican-controlled House will vote to extend lower interest rates for college loans for at least another year, proposing to pay for the extension by cutting $6 billion from a preventive heath care fund created by the Affordable Care Act.
George Zimmerman has raised $200,000 for his legal fees from his website. The shooter in the Trayvon Martin scandal’s bail was set at $150,000, and he paid only ten percent of that. But Zimmerman’s lawyer said on CNN last night that the bail may have been higher had the judge known about the money raised from his website.
The U.S. economy grew 2.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest data from the Commerce Department. The growth was lower than expected — analysts had pegged growth at 2.5 percent. Growth dropped from the last quarter of 2011, when the economy expanded 2.8 percent.
The House passed a cyber security bill last night that the president has said he would veto. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is aimed at helping businesses deal with cyber security threats through information sharing, but opponents of the bill, including Obama, warn that it intrudes on personal privacy.
Lawmakers from both parties are now raising the possibility that, with little expected to get done on Capitol Hill before the November election, most major issues will have to be punted on until 2013. “I’ve been through a lot of lame ducks, and you really can’t do [everything that needs to be done] just in a lame duck,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
After maxing-out to presidential campaigns, big donors are moving to support allied Super PACs where they can give unlimited amounts of money. It’s just another indication of how the new groups are fundamentally changing the nature of politics.
The Pentagon and CIA do not have to release photos and videos from last year’s raid of Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound after a federal judge sided with the Obama administration on a lawsuit brought against those agencies.
And finally: Comedienne Amy Poehler is known for impression of Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live and her “Parks and Recreations” character’s infatuation with the secretary of state, and last night, Poehler’s Clinton earned an endorsement from the real thing. “You do me better than me,” Clinton said to Poehler impression.