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Congress: Grandstanding?

“When the Obama administration decided last week to temporarily suspend the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants, Republicans in Congress threw a fit, complaining that such decisions should be made by Congress, not by unilateral presidential action. But what else was President Obama to do? Republicans have long had the ability to legislate a lasting fix to the problem but have repeatedly failed to do so,” the L.A. Times editorial board writes, adding, “But such actions are disingenuous. If the big problem for Republicans is not what the president did but rather how he went about it, then Rubio and his colleagues should exert control over the issue by enacting a real Dream Act. Surely, those young people are still in need of a permanent solution.” And it adds: “Frankly, neither party is in terribly good standing with the powerful voting bloc, which recognizes that both Democrats and Republicans have repeatedly failed to enact any version of the act into law.”

“A House committee is poised to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over more Justice Department documents on a flawed gun-smuggling probe that resulted in hundreds of guns illicitly purchased in Arizona gun shops winding up in Mexico,” the AP writes. The likelihood of a contempt vote rose after Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., failed to reach agreement Tuesday in a 20-minute meeting at the Capitol. Issa wanted the documents immediately. Holder told reporters he would not turn over documents on the gun-smuggling probe called Operation Fast and Furious unless Issa agreed to another meeting congressional briefing on the Justice Department material.”