Lawmakers renew immigration effort as a shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (AP) - Backed by the White House, Democratic and Republican lawmakers dug into a politically fraught search for compromise on immigration Wednesday, seeking to take advantage of a window of opportunity opened by President Donald Trump. They're under pressure to find a breakthrough before a deadline next week that ...

Issa Retirement Boosts Dems’ 2018 Prospects

Arkin & Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
California Rep. Darrell Issa, considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the 2018 midterms, announced Tuesday he would retire instead of seeking re-election. The news came just two days after fellow Californian and chairman of the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce declared his intention to retire from Congress. Together, the impending exits could provide a significant boon to Democrats, who had been eyeing the Southern California seats as ripe for the taking.

Political Advice for Oprah

David Axelrod, CNN
Oprah is a cultural icon; a familiar and revered brand so well-known and pervasive that she no longer needs a surname. She is brilliant, thoughtful and famously well-read, with a long history of activism. She has a great American story, enormous empathy and an extraordinary ability to communicate powerfully and authentically, as we saw during her speech at the Golden Globes

An Artistic Class Cowed by Political Correctness

Thomas Farnan, New York Observer
And that, right there, is the problem with America right now. We have an artistic class cowed by political correctness. They do not tread into forbidden areas when their peers say don’t go there. Wolff looked at Donald Trump and reported a manifest falsehood that only affirmed the prejudices of his peers: clinical senility. Trump is nothing but a frenzied beehive.