Averting the ‘fiscal cliff’ and Boehner’s silence, immigration reform and net migration

December 10, 2012

Time running out on fiscal cliff deal: “The contours of a deal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff are becoming increasingly clear. But progress has been slow, and time is running out for leaders to seal an agreement and sell it to restless lawmakers who so far have been given little information. With hope still alive for a resolution by Christmas, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) met Sunday at the White House, their first face-to-face meeting in nearly a month and their first one-on-one session since July 2011, when they last tried to forge a far-reaching compromise to tame the national debt.” (Washington Post)

President Obama, Boehner meet on fiscal cliff: “President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) met Sunday afternoon at the White House to continue discussions over how to avert the “fiscal cliff,” their first in-person gathering in nearly a month as the deadline to avert a massive tax hike is fast approaching. Aides to Boehner confirmed the meeting took place, but declined to provide further details. “We’re not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.” (Washington Post)

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The end of the wave: “Is mass migration from Mexico to the United States a thing of the past? At least for the moment, it is. Last May, the Pew Hispanic Center, in a study based on U.S. and Mexican statistics, reported that net migration from Mexico to this country had fallen to zero from 2005 to 2010. Pew said 20,000 more people moved to Mexico from the United States than from there to here in those years. That’s a vivid contrast with the years 1995 to 2000, when net inflow from Mexico was 2.2 million people,” writes AEI’ Michael Barone. (National Review)

Room for Debate asks: The overwhelming support of Latino and immigrant voters for President Obama last month has politicians and pundits talking, once again, about comprehensive immigration reform. The debate has taken greater urgency in Congress with both sides considering plans. But comprehensive immigration reform means different things to different people. What should we look for in attempts to improve what everyone seems to agree is a national problem? (New York Times)

Politico’s Arena asks: A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that Republicans have no clear spokesman or leader for their party. While 47 percent of participants see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan favorably, Romney has exited party politics, while Ryan has returned to his duties in the House. Democrats fared much better in the leadership department. President Barack Obama received favorable ratings by 52 percent of Americans, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a 60 percent favorability rating – good news for the potential 2016 candidate. Who do you think should step up to be the new face of the Republican Party? With Democrats at a clear advantage, do Republicans have enough time to recover before the 2014 midterm elections?

Heritage’s James Carafano: “See no evil’ makes bad foreign policy. (Washington Examiner)

New America Foundation’s Kevn Carey: Who will hold the colleges accountable? (New York Times)

Top Senate Democrat backs away from raising Medicare eligibility age. (ThinkProgress)

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