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  • AWOL on the Hill

    So what happens now? That's what thinking Americans not stirred up by hysterical talk-show ideologues and bloggers from both the right and the left should demand of politicians to keep the number of illegal immigrants from reaching 13 million in the next year or two, with no sane approach to the problem at hand.

  • Pace casualty of party politics; Bush feared Senate fight

    The Bush administration sought to avert a political fight with such Senate Democrats as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Carl Levin over Iraq and homosexuals in the military by not renominating Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace to a second term as Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

  • Reid offers course for energy independence

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yesterday opened debate on energy legislation by blaming President Bush for skyrocketing gasoline prices and pledging Democrats would break U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

  • A serious approach

    The recent Senate debate over immigration reform provides a textbook illustration of how not to approach the issue in a reasonable, responsible way: Avoid the messy process of holding committee hearings. Bring together a cabal of lawmakers and staff ("masters of the universe," as Sen. Jeff Sessions, an opponent of the bill, called them) to negotiate the substance of the bill. Have committee staff cobble together language behind closed doors and make it available at 2 a.m. Saturday just two days before debate, ensuring that senators could not possibly have time to read and understand the bill before debate begins.

  • Reid presses Bush over GOP votes

    The top Senate Democrat said yesterday that President Bush must prove he can deliver more Republican votes before Democrats will put the immigration bill, which collapsed last week, back on the Senate schedule.

  • Democrats" bid to rebuke Gonzales fails

    Senate Democrats yesterday failed to pass a resolution expressing no confidence in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, in a vote Republicans decried as a political stunt but without explicitly defending the embattled attorney general.

  • Senate plan to rebuke Gonzales dismissed


  • Bush aiming to win over GOP senators on illegals bill


  • Why I was opposed

    Last year, President Bush set out his views on immigration reform to the American people, saying there must be "a rational middle ground between granting an automatic path to citizenship for every illegal immigrant, and a program of mass deportation."

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