Morning Bits

Big Labor is flipping out over the H1-B visa provisions in the Gang of Eight plan. “A deal struck Tuesday to secure Republican support for the Senate immigration bill has set off a war of words between labor unions and the tech industry. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a member of the chamber’s Gang of Eight, secured a compromise on a package of tech-friendly amendments by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) after days of back-and-forth negotiations.”

The Capitol Building

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Our Middle East allies would do a lot less quaking in their boots if the president were as resolute as the U.S. Senate: “The U.S. Senate voted 99-0 to adopt a resolution calling for continued and stronger sanctions against Iran. The resolution, S. Res. 65, also includes a statement of support for Israel if that nation decides to act against Iran.”

No wonder immigration exclusionists are wigging out. The Gang of Eight’s bill got stronger in the Judiciary Committee, says Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “There were 301 amendments filed to improve S. 744 submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Out of the 161 amendments discussed in the committee, 93 were added to the bill. There is still room for improvement, but several important steps were taken to improve security and protect American jobs and workers. Senators were able to make the border fencing requirements more specific. The Cornyn-Leahy Amendment – created with Rubio’s help – ensures that border fencing and other resources are deployed effectively across the southern border and at ports of entry by insisting that no less than one billion dollars be used to deploy, repair or replace border fencing.” Read the whole thing.

Republicans freaking out about the “rule of law” really need to be challenged: “Restrictionists describe comprehensive reform as an ill-advised reward for bad behavior and defiance of the rule of law. But granting temporary, renewable work permits and a path to citizenship to those who endure the arduous and bureaucratic process of legalization and naturalization doesn’t reward law-breaking; it rewards a conscious choice to embrace the rules and to cooperate with the laws of the land.” And it costs a pretty penny too.

The Brits weren’t sweating bullets about whether to call it terrorism. “In an attack that raised new fears of terrorism in Britain, a man walking near a military barracks in south London on Wednesday was rammed by a car on a sidewalk and was then hacked to death by two knife-wielding assailants, according to witness accounts carried by British news media. . . .One suspect was described as being in serious condition. One of the men shouted ‘Allahu akbar,’ or ‘God is great,’ as the attack proceeded, government officials said.”

They must really be melting down over at the White House. Jay Carney is now being polite. “Jay Carney To Press: ‘You’re Good At Your Jobs And You’re Smart.’” But when they are too good they get labelled criminals.

Here’s something we should be wringing our hands about: “Iran is pressing ahead with the construction of a research reactor that Western experts say could offer it a second way of producing material for a nuclear bomb if it decides to make one, a U.N. report showed on Wednesday. Iran has transported the reactor vessel – which would hold the fuel – to the heavy water plant near the central town of Arak but has not yet installed it, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report issued to member states.”

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