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House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) apologized Thursday to his committee's ranking Democratic member for cutting off his microphone at the end of a hearing Wednesday, according to a local report.
Issa told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he personally apologized to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). His apology comes after the House earlier Thursday voted down a motion to censure the chairman for his treatment of Cummings.
The air war in the Wisconsin governor's race will heat up on Friday as Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to hit the airwaves for the first time in 2014, two people tracking the ad buy told Post Politics.
Walker's ad comes as Democrat Mary Burke released her first commercial of the campaign this week. Her ad, which will start Friday, takes Walker to task over jobs and touts her own record on the same subject.
After mounting speculation that she might switch districts, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) announced Thursday that she will stay put and run for reelection in the 9th district, a boon to House Democrats with an eye on holding her competitive district.
"I am flattered that some of my old neighbors and friends asked me to consider running for Congress in District 7. But I love my job representing the people of the 9th district and there is so much more to be done on behalf of the middle class," she said in a statement on her Facebook page.
Donald Trump on Thursday warned Republicans against passing comprehensive immigration reform, saying immigrants will vote en masse for Democrats and are stealing Americans' jobs.
"Of those 11 million potential voters, which will go to 30 million in the not too distant future, you will not get any of those votes," Trump told the conservative gathering known as CPAC in suburban Washington.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he is "prepared" to make a White House run, according to an interview published Thursday, but stopped short of committing to a bid.
"I am prepared to run for president of the United States. I don't believe that I am the only person out there who can fight this fight, but I am certainly prepared to look seriously at that race," Sanders said in an interview with The Nation.
The Senate rejected a controversial proposal Thursday to remove military commanders from decisions on whether to prosecute major crimes in the ranks as the concerns of Pentagon leaders trumped calls from veterans groups to dramatically overhaul how the Defense Department handles assault and rape cases.
President Obama on Thursday called “unconstitutional” a planned referendum in the Crimea over whether people there want to remain part of Ukraine, and reiterated a series of steps Russian President Vladimir Putin could take to “de-escalate” the conflict in the region.
Speaking in the White House Briefing Room, Obama said his administration and European nations concerned about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine were “moving forward together” to sanction Russia, namely officials behind the military move into Crimea. Earlier in the day, Obama signed an executive order authorizing such sanctions, which he hopes will encourage Putin to pull back Russia-aligned forces in Crimea and allow international observers to insure the protection of Ukrainian, including ethnic Russians.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Thursday evoked half-century-old images of school segregation, accusing Attorney General Eric Holder of attempting to “stand in the schoolhouse door” to stop minority and low-income students from attending charter schools.
“We’ve got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools,” Jindal said.
The “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” took place in 1963, when pro-segregation Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood at the door of the University of Alabama to prevent two black students from attending class.
As governor, Jindal has made education reform one of his signature policy agenda items, pushing in particular for vouchers for poor students to attend charter schools.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said in his CPAC address that Republicans need to talk about what they're for rather than what they're against — playing up his achievements and those of several other GOP governors and contrasting them with the gridlock in Congress.
“Our ideas are better than their ideas, and that’s what we have to stand up for,” Christie said.
President Obama dismissed criticism Thursday from immigration advocates who called him the "deporter-in-chief" and instead declared himself the "champion-in-chief" of comprehensive immigration reform.
At a town hall meeting with Latinos at the Newseum, Obama faced tough questions about his record on deportations of undocumented immigrants, which this month is set to top 2 million since he took office.