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“Secretary Johnson is two months into his tenure as head of the federal government’s third largest department, and thus far I have been encouraged by his willingness to work closely with the legislative branch,” says committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican.

“Mr. Johnson is now the face of America’s counterterrorism operations, and the department has much to be proud of and much to improve upon,” the Texas Republican adds.

CPAC DELIGHTS

The deep thinkers are getting ready to gather. Here is a selection of topics to be covered during assorted forums and breakout sessions at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, which begins in eight days at a resort on the Potomac River, just eight miles south of the White House.

The telling titles: “Does the U.S. Congress Matter Anymore?”; “Health Care After ObamaCare: A Practical Guide for Living When No One Has Insurance and America Runs Out of Doctors”; “The American Dream vs. the Obama Nightmare: Income Inequality”; “Can There Be Meaningful Immigration Reform Without Citizenship?”; “What Should Be America’s Place in the World in 2017 — After Obama.”

But wait, there’s more: “More Guns, Less Crime: How Law Enforcement Is Beginning to Embrace a Well-Armed Civilian Population”; “Rocky Mountain High: Does Legalized Pot Mean Society’s Going Up in Smoke?”; “Clairvoyance and Hard Data: Electoral Trends for 2014, 2016, and 2040.”

WRONG MESSAGE

The “New York Dream Act,” already has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Democrat, who said he would sign the bill that would provide state financial aid to the children of illegal immigrants, now under consideration in the state Legislature. Not everyone heralds the idea.

“Tens of millions of immigrants have struggled to legally come to the United States. Tens of millions more are waiting on line overseas, trying to immigrate legally. They’ve done the right thing and that isn’t easy. When we pass legislation offering state grants to illegal immigrants, we’re sending the wrong message to all of those legal immigrants,” says Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a Republican from Fishkill.

“We’re rewarding the people who cheated the system. We’re telling the people who played by the rules that they were foolish, that they could have just cheated. That’s not a message the United States should send to the millions of people around the world who are dreaming about coming to America.”

Mr. Lalor adds, “When American citizens themselves, including legal immigrants, are struggling to pay for college, Albany shouldn’t ask them to put their tax dollars to tuition assistance for illegal immigrants. It’s simply not fair.”

The bill is expected to pass in the New York Assembly this week, then it’s on to the Senate. The question lingers, as it does wherever similar legislation emerges: who will pay for it all?

POLL DU JOUR

93 percent of registered U.S. voters have confidence in the military.

74 percent have confidence in the FBI, 69 percent in the Supreme Court,

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