Obama, Boehner sought secret amnesty deal . . . Two days after his party’s midterm romp, House Speaker John Boehner became the second leading Republican to warn that unilateral action by President Barack Obama on immigration would “poison the well” for any cooperation with the new GOP Congress.
Among the causes of the standoff: a year of previously unreported talks between Messrs. Boehner and Obama over a legislative compromise to fix the balky immigration system
The two men started talking after the 2012 election, according to detailed accounts provided by several aides on both sides. The discussions ended this summer with the two sitting stony-faced around a white wrought-iron table outside the Oval Office.
“When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself,” Mr. Boehner said Thursday of possible unilateral immigration action by the president. “And he’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path.” Wall Street Journal
White House: No big reshuffle planned . . . White House press secretary Josh Earnest ruled out any type of reshuffling or firing of White House staff two days after Democrats took a drubbing in the midterm elections. Examiner
Obama’s Latino gambit backfires . . . Obama gambled that delaying executive action on immigration reform would preserve Democratic control of the Senate. He lost. And he may have lost even more than the upper chamber, further eroding Democrats’ standing with Hispanics who have grown increasingly disillusioned with his presidency. Polling data from a number of states show that Latinos widely stayed home on Election Day. Examiner
Issa: Docs put Holder in middle of Fast and Furious . . . House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told Fox News on Thursday that a massive trove of emails handed to his office on the eve of the elections indicates Attorney General Eric Holder was “at the heart” of deliberations over the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. Fox News
GOP targets EPA . . . House Republicans plan to pass three bills later this month that would rein in an Environmental Protection Agency they say is imposing costly new regulations on American companies without justification. The Blaze
Boehner to push Obamacare repeal, immigration . . . House Speaker John Boehner said at a press conference today that “it is just time to deal with” the issue of immigration reform, indicating he hopes to enact an immigration law in the coming year. Republicans will also use their new dominance of Congress to repeal or cut back Obamacare, approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline and trim the nation’s debt. Reuters
Latino Leader demands Obama legalize 5-8 million . . . “Success on immigration means a full approach to reform, which to me means expanding protections to 5-8 million undocumented people currently living in this country. Go big, President Obama.” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
Perry slams abuse of power charge . . . Texas Governor Rick Perry made his first court appearance on Thursday to answer felony abuse of power charges and afterward criticized a special prosecution that has cast a shadow over his possible Republican presidential run in 2016. Reuters
With documentary, Carson appears to be running . . . Yes, the 2016 race for the White House has already gotten started — and it looks like Dr. Ben Carson is first in the ring. Carson, a famous pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative political star, will air a nearly 40 minute-long ad introducing himself to the American people this weekend, an aide to Carson confirms to ABC News.