War on women? Looks like Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tex.) has plenty of support: “Most Americans would favor sweeping new national restrictions on abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But the poll also shows many Americans remain conflicted in their views on abortion. By a margin of 59 percent to 30 percent, respondents to the new poll said they would favor a federal law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”
The immigration reform battle has real consequences for the states. “[A] new study showed that state and local tax revenues in Kentucky and Indiana would increase by nearly $56 million annually if reform passed.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wins this round in the farm bill fight. “The House on Thursday narrowly passed a massive farm bill, after Republicans took the risky step of carving out the food stamp program — a move Democrats effectively boycotted. The bill passed on a 216-208 vote.”
Boehner is more adept at managing the ongoing conflict within his conference than he gets credit for. “The GOP vote was a huge improvement from last month, when 62 Republicans defected, and the GOP leadership suffered a rare floor defeat. The fall of that farm bill raised questions about Boehner’s leadership and the competence of the GOP’s whipping operation. In response to the defeat, GOP leaders bowed to conservative wishes and carved food stamp funding out of the bill. The victory on Thursday made that plan a success.” This is why you should never count out immigration reform.
In the struggle over delaying the employer mandate, Republicans have some darn good arguments. “In May of this year, [the Congressional Budget Office] updated its estimates of the [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] insurance coverage provisions and projected that the employer mandate would generate $10 billion in employer payments in fiscal year 2014 and $140 billion over the coming decade. At a minimum, the administration’s decision has jeopardized the $10 billion assumed to be collected in 2014. . . . Moreover, the administration’s decision to forgo income verification for some applicants for subsidies in the exchanges, as well as to forgo independent verification of employer-provided insurance status in some cases and rely instead on applicant attestations, raises many additional budgetary questions.” Read the whole thing.
I’d pay money to watch Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Liz Cheney duke it out over national security. “Rand Paul: I’ve got Mike Enzi’s back vs. Liz Cheney.”
With an ongoing bloodbath, the Syrian rebels get more bad news. “With almost 100,000 dead in Syria and proposed peace talks at a standstill, former President Jimmy Carter plans to send officials from his foundation to work toward a last-ditch agreement between President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and opposition forces, The Cable has learned. The peace initiative is raising questions with Syrian opposition leaders who feel that an American envoy sent by a former American president sends the wrong message to Assad: That the United States is open to talking with him rather than overthrowing his regime.”