George W. Bush unpopular as he steps back into the spotlight

April 17, 2013

EARLIER ON THE FIX:

Can Mark Sanford survive?

Roger Wicker, 101

Jay Carney tries to keep hope alive on guns

Can Sen. Kay Hagan get away with what other red state Democrats can’t?

The gun amendments need 60 votes to pass. But why?

What the failure on background checks tells us about Washington

First quarter fundraising: 5 numbers that matter

The unwinnable war on terrorism?

‘The Daily Show’ on immigration reform and the GOP ‘path to presidentship’ (VIDEO)

On immigration reform, Americans want to have their cake and eat it too

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

Gun control amendment fails: The Manchin-Toomey amendment to expand background checks on gun sales was defeated by the Senate, with four Democrats voting against it and four Republicans breaking ranks to vote for it. A visibly angry President Obama called it a "pretty shameful day for Washington." Seven other amendments including an assault weapons ban and a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines also failed to win passage.

Sanford's tough day: It was not a good day for Mark Sanford. House Republicans' campaign arm abandoned him, a Democratic super PAC went up on the air against him, and documents show that his ex-wife has accused him of running afoul of their divorce agreement on at least three other occasions in addition to the trespassing complaint that surfaced Tuesday.

Letter to Obama contains suspicious substance: Authorities intercepted a letter Tuesday addressed to Obama containing a substance that initially tested positive for ricin. CNN reported the letter had similar language and signatures to the letter to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that also initially tested positive for ricin.

Bush's numbers not good: Former president George W. Bush is back in the public spotlight with the upcoming dedication of his presidential library, and the public doesn't think too highly of him. Thirty-five percent of Americans view him positively while 44 percent view him negatively, the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows. Twenty-one percent said they were neutral.

Concerns over immigration measure: The immigration bill from the Senate's "Gang of Eight" has been released. It's 844 pages long and you can read it here. Advocates expressed concerns Wednesday that the path to citizenship outlined in the bill is too burdensome, expensive and uncertain.

Mass. Democratic debate canceled: Democrats canceled a previously scheduled Senate debate between Massachusetts Reps. Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch, due to the Monday bombings at the Boston Marathon.

THE FIX MIX:

Jumping rope on a whole new level...

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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