June 1st, 2014
09:01 AM ET
6 years ago

The "Inside Politics" Forecast: Is the U.S. Border Patrol the next Administration flashpoint?

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.

"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:

Obama / Putin

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.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Inside Politics • Mitch McConnell • Russia • Veterans Affairs
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    It's time to stand up against corruption , NOW !

    Mexico is a narco state and the USA is the main customer .

    June 1, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. Chris-E...al

    I say we should trade 3million illegals for our jailed marine in Mexico . That bunch in the W.H. could care less . Just do as you please and dont get that sleep disorder seen about and dont even try to walk and chew gum at the same time that could be so dangerous you may trippp and bump your head .

    June 1, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Lizzie

    "The Veterans Affairs crisis ended this week in the resignation of General Shinseki"
    Problem solved,

    June 1, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Absolutely. The administration's actions this past week, in bringing hundreds of illegals into the U.S. from the Mexican border, who were from Central and South America, and busing them all over the country, and turning them LOOSE in America.........is simply UNACCEPTABLE behavior for our government.

    June 1, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. waco liberal obama

    Americas First fruitcake/fruitloop president

    June 1, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    @waco liberal obama – Obama called his terrorist allies...
    -----------------------
    You should have stopped with wakko!

    June 1, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Easye123

    The GOP needs to yield to the Tea Party in Texas so the dems don't turn the state blue

    June 1, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Waco – Seek help.

    June 1, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    @Waco liberal ...off my meds.

    You need help....LOL Need to ask, how has that basement you've been living in? Only see Faux and fools on the picture tube huh? Well, let me clue you in on a secret....when President Obama took over this country, was near financial destruction...nothing worse since the great depression. 900,000 people were losing jobs every month. The auto industry was almost down to a used car lot. And we were in 2 wars paid for and charged on the China credit card...because lil Dubya thought it was a good idea to tell geniuses like you "the wars will pay for themselves" Duh....and you believed all of it. And you think President Obama is an inside terrorist after assign BinLaden to an eternal grave with the fishes. You certainly won't be confused with a thinking person. Please proceed

    June 1, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. it must be said

    If Obama and the Democrats had their way, they would ABOLISH the Border Patrol, take down all border barriers and fences and erect sign posts directing the flood of illegals to various USA locations. Heck now we even have video of them BUSING illegals to various USA cities!! WE ARE PAYING FOR THAT!!! Obama and the Democrats are using OUR TAX DOLLARS to AID the invasion of this country by ILLEGALS!!

    June 1, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Gunderson

    WOULD YOU RUN THAT BY ME ONE MORE TIME? Tea Time! Now some of you want to believe the near collapse of the economy at the end of the Bush Administration was caused by the Republican's but it wasn't. It was the housing collapse caused by relaxing the rules to take out a mortgage by the democrats, namely Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. Many took out mortgages but had no means to pay for them. The old adage there is no Free Lunch was never more in Vogue! Leahman Brothers lost 600 billion dollars alone. As far as the Auto Industry goes, the Unions priced themselves out of business. The Obama Administration was spending over a Trillion a year in Red Ink until the Sequester. So, Tea Brain, if you are going t post something, just the facts, please. Now because of Obama Care many are working a 29 hour work week, if they are working at all. There is an old Chinese? saying, People that fail to learn from History are bound to repeat it.

    June 1, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. CALIFORNIA

    Scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal...........................

    June 1, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Kameron

    Quick. Change the subject.

    June 1, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. rla

    This progressive bunch in charge has no class let alone moral grounding! PS the country is in worse shape than when bush left office which is a true accomplishment– YET I see these political / secular trolls spouting the Bush failures as justification for the blatant failure of this administration... Do these people actually have an intellect???

    June 1, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Norma Vessels

    "What's in that Tea Anyway".. I was going to let "@Waclliberal" know what I thought of his "rock solid mess of mis-information, and out and out lies" until I read your post. I agree totally with you. I shudder to think what a mess we'd be in today, if another Republican had gotten into office these past 5 and a half years.

    June 1, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. Oliver Orlando

    Obama's loyalties: Illegal Immigrants vs. US Citizens.

    – 2013 Government Shutdown. Illegal immigrants get stage, restrooms, clean-up package so they can protest US Law in the "closed" National Mall. US citizens kept out of Federal museums and facilities while US veterans are booted from visiting war memorials

    – Obamacare: even though illegal immigrants are "not eligible" for Obamacare, Obama announces on Univision that immigration status will NOT be checked or reported to proper law enforcement.

    – US Marine still trapped in Mexico for accidentally crossing the border

    – the US education system is not even in the top 10 education systems on the world, now is being flooded with illegal immigrants who don't speak English and demand English-as-a-second-language. Oh well. There goes the funding for advanced science and math courses.

    – highest food stamp participation rate in decades, yet Obama sends the FDA to educate Mexicans on how to get them

    – 3600 illegal immigrants convicted of murder and/or sex crimes set free

    Obama's loyalties = illegal immigrants

    June 1, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. rick

    yes.. The thousands of illegal imigrants.. Ever heard of the word ?invasion?.. What ever other country you go to. It is REQUIRED you learn the local language. And not FORCED to endure the countless phone messages of -if you speak english.. Press 1- crap! And all of them are NOT inoculated for diseases that they are CARRIERS OF that the CDC has mostly eradicated in america.. Over the last year here localy there has been over a dozen car accedents with fatalities caused by illegals who are running for bushes before the echo stops from walls close by. Obvious to local police when at scene of accedents.. A empty vehicle means only 1 thing. Illegal alien at cause of accedent. Had to work several myself in past. They come here. Ship money back to home country. Money used to fund drug cartel.. Ship drugs north.. If start shipping back the REAL PROBLEM and fence/patrol boarders like OTHER COUNTRIES DO.. Problem will be solved.. And our troups get combat experence BEFORE going elsewhere. So.. Redefine TERRORIST...

    June 1, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. rs

    Shoot, the GOP will politicize and fundraise off of the President's breakfast given half a chance. So tiresome.....

    June 1, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Name

    pls do ur best to dont let any body spoil america for us.

    June 1, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Tom l

    Is anyone aware that the recession ended 6 months into Obama's first term in office?

    June 1, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. dave

    It's so easy to start scandals, Americans are so ill-informed,naive. For instance, one poster said that Shinseki had no experience in dealing with bureaucracies, they didn't realize that Shinseki was he Commander of 7th Army, and USAEUR, been a high ranking soldier in the Army for a long time. The Army is the largest bureaucracy in the World. Thinking that an Army lifer is not familar with bureaucracy is about the dumbest thing in the World. Then that lifer reaches the highest ranks they have to offer,that's one expert,beyond compare, on bureaucracy. Who they get to replace him has to be lesser, much, much, lesser. It's going to be funny when they pick him/her, roll on the ground laughing.

    June 1, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Time

    Is it true that buses are transporting illegal immigrants in different parts of our country? If it is – there is a traitor amongst us and he/she or they should be brought to justice.

    June 1, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Steve

    If the Border Patrol is shooting unarmed people while they're trying to sneak illegally into the country, that is fine with me. How are the Border Patrol agents supposed to know that any particular invader is unarmed before he/she crosses the border and it's too late? Some of these invaders could be carrying weapons of mass destruction. What are loyal Americans supposed to do, just let them walk into the country?

    June 1, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Solomon Walker

    Impeach.

    This is the United States of Drugs thanks to Mr. Cokehead Obama and his meth/heroin buddies that make deliveries to peaceful communities all over the US and are tanking each.

    If Washington, DC were a foreign nation, we would have occupied it by now, to put this into perspective.

    Impeach.

    June 1, 2014 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Leftcoastrocky

    Mr. President, let's get AHEAD of the potential U.S. Border Patrol issue please.

    June 1, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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