CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.
1. THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION FLASHPOINT
The Veterans Affairs crisis ended this week in the resignation of General Shinseki, but Steve Inskeep of NPR says the next agency to come under scrutiny might be Homeland Security.
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"There have been a lot of questions about the Border Patrol shooting unarmed people, including Mexicans,” said Inskeep.
“There have been a lot of questions about Americans being searched by the Border Patrol. And a lot of questions in that agency about transparency, some of the same kinds of questions being asked about the VA.”
2. ALL ABOUT RUSSIA
How are the stops on a POTUS trip selected? Well, in the case of President Obama’s trip to Poland, Brussels and France next week, Margaret Talev of Bloomberg reports it’s all about Putin.
“Every stop is really tailored to sort of tweak this relationship with Russia,” said Talev. “To show President Putin how strong U.S. alliances are with NATO allies, with the G-7, and then in Normandy, to show here's what the U.S. and Russia could do when they were on the same side together.”
Picture of a previous Putin and Obama meeting showing their always contentious relationship:
3. THE COUNTRY KEEPING NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS UP AT NIGHT
While Obama announced a U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan this week, many national security analysts tell CNN’s Jake Tapper that they have their eye on another country - Syria.
“The experts I spoke to worry that the next terrorist attack on American interests, either at home or abroad, will come from someone involved in Syria's instability,” said Tapper.
4. MCCONNELL’S BEHIND THE SCENES CAMPAIGN
A lot of Republicans running this year have declared they don’t know if they will support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for another turn at the helm. But Politico’s Manu Raju reports that McConnell has been going behind the scenes trying to shore up support to become the Majority Leader if he wins his reelection and the Republicans take the Senate.
Raju cites Ben Sasse, running for a seat in Nebraska, as an example of one of McConnell’s converts and says his cool relationship with McConnell changed after the primary.
“After Sasse won his primary, he was on the phone with Mitch McConnell,” said Raju. “He cut a check to Mitch McConnell. And he had lunch with Senate Republicans right before they left for their recess.”
An ad against Sasse that ran in the primaries from a Super PAC with ties to McConnell:
5. WILL THE TEA PARTY TURN TEXAS BLUE?
The dominant headline of this primary season is the GOP establishment “crushing” the Tea Party, but there’s one state where the movement is alive and well - Texas. And The Atlantic’s Molly Ball tells the Inside Politics panel that their success in the runoffs, with their far right views on topics such as immigration, could hasten the Lone Star state’s turn from red to blue.
I know, how dare Texans say anything in regards to immigration. Nothing turns a state blue like saying "Secure our Borders." lol. Don't Texans know this is the USA; the only country in the world whose political leaders care less about its borders and citizens and more about the millions of illegal immigrants?
There are an estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the United States, and most of them work off the books and under the table for Republican business owners, farmers, manufacturers. contractors. etc. The Chamber of Commerce is an arm of the Republican Party and one of its biggest contributors,.It is not surprising that Republicans have opposed immigration reform. If all the illegals registered and reported the off the books, under the table work they had been doing for these Republican businesses, the IRS would want to see BOTH sets of books these people have been keeping. Without doubt, these people owe the IRS money.
It should be noted there is a reward for turning in tax cheats. You can bet the Republican folks hiring the illegals are cheating the IRS. Feel free to turn them in and collect your reward!
I am a Canadian.I have an American husband.There are so many that are treated so poorly at the borders.I understand the need to go after the bad guys. A lot of intimdation and bullying goes on at the border.I experienced it myself. The humilation(searched for no reason) .There are few good staff at the border,most are arrogant assholes with chip on their shoulders.There are a lot of racist border staff. So many people are afraid to speak up, I was too. My minor sons were questioned without me been present.I asked if that was allowed.the border officer said we make up our own rules here as of 9/11. The agency needs a shake up.There is a struggle for power.They do treat Americans poorly.I have witnessed sexism and bulling within the agency.This should not be tolerated.Families are torn apart unnecessarily.I am away from my husband and kids for years now awaiting a Waiver" I am not a criminal.Border staff decided to pick on my family on day. I get anxiety at the thought of borders.My family has been left factured and humilated.I have political believe as a factor to play too. Most border staff are Republicans and have a huge disdain for the president. I feel broken emotionally.This needs to stop. For the readers that are quick to criticize would you like your family to be mistreated? It is not right.I am in pain.So many people are afraid to speak up. Something has to be done.
How can we defend our Citizens, our Country when we cannot control our borders?
I'm not concerned with people who come here to find a better way of life (so much). I'm VERY concerned about a vehicle full of "illegal aliens" that turns out to be filled with germ warfare agents, a dirty bomb or some other massive amount of high grade explosives that come in equally unprotected.
This President doesn't deserve any more blame or respect for his handling of our border issues than any of the previous administrations.
Till Congress writes and overwrites existing laws to reflect a more assertive border policy, THEN FUNDS IT PROPERLY, things will not get any better. The time to find out that a truckload of explosives or anthrax has gotten through our borders is NOT after people start dying.