GOP divided on Boehner’s immigration response . . . House Republicans vowed Tuesday to confront President Obama’s temporary amnesty for illegal immigrants, but they continued to wrestle with how to do it, as conservatives balked at the GOP leadership’s plan to put off the fight until March.
Leaders were counting noses to see whether they had enough support for a three-pronged approach, which would include passing an omnibus spending bill to fund most of the government through the end of the fiscal year, while carving out funding for homeland security programs in a separate measure that would last until early next year, when Congress would revisit the amnesty controversy. Washington Times
New Black Panthers get DOJ kid gloves . . . The communist and racist New Black Panther Party plotted to bomb St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and assassinate local law enforcement officials, but the Justice Department so far has limited its prosecution of the group to an indictment of two members on minor gun charges. Washington Free Beacon
Docs showing WH getting IRS data withheld . . . An IRS watchdog is acknowledging that thousands of documents related to requests between the White House and the tax agency for unauthorized tax information exist — but says it must withhold them all due to privacy concerns. Fox News
Top Dem to Obama: Sanctions for Iran . . . Sen. Bob Menendez, the outgoing Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, says time has run out for negotiations to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. The New Jersey Democrat pledged to try to move a bill imposing new sanctions on Tehran as soon as possible. Washington Examiner
Jeb gets ready to battle the base . . . Jeb Bush is steeling for a fight with the GOP’s conservative base, signaling he will not bend from his centrist positions on immigration and Common Core education standards in 2016 — even if it costs him support with grassroots conservatives. The Hill
But is he one of them? . . . Admittedly, there are his heresies on Common Core and immigration, the two hottest-button issues of the day in that world—but that’s enough to make Jeb a moderate? Really? For those of us who covered Jeb’s two terms in Tallahassee, this is beyond mind-boggling. On issue after issue, Jeb’s track record in Florida pushed conservatism’s envelope to the breaking point. Politico
Could Rubio emerge? . . . The Florida senator is barely registering in polls, but he’s got the most potential of anyone in the crowded field. National Journal