The controversy over Arizona's new immigration policy grew with yesterday's decision by the Justice Department to file suit to stop the law before it takes effect later this month.
That will be the focus of today's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation. While the lawyers argue over the bill's constitutionality, politicians of both parties in Arizona support it and polls show a majority of Americans are behind it as well. Clearly, the 2010 election landscape in Arizona — where a Senate seat, the governorship, and eight House seats are at stake this year — is likely to be driven by immigration policy.
Also: Michael Steele fights to keep his job as RNC chair in the wake of another gaffe ... James Traficant's hope of going from Congress to prison to Congress again is halted two-thirds of the way through ... President Obama bypasses GOP objections by naming Donald Berwick to head up the Medicare/Medicaid program in a recess appointment ... and the latest Senate stuff in West Virginia (Byrd seat), Kansas (GOP primary between Tiahrt & Moran) and Wisconsin (is Russ Feingold suddenly in trouble?).
Last week's program, focusing on the passing of Robert Byrd, can be heard here.
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