President Obama knows he's unlikely to get support from Texas' predominantly Republican congressional delegation, but being rebuffed will make it easier for him to shift blame to the GOP.
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A Pew report found that the number of full-time newspaper reporters covering state politics fell dramatically in the past decade, raising questions about their ability to closely monitor politicians.
There are plenty of reasons, for and against, a presidential visit to the border. In any case, a visit wouldn't do much to diminish the criticism over the administration's handling of the crisis.
Republicans have not won the state where they nominated their ticket since 1992, when the party renominated the first President Bush in Houston.
A Cleveland convention would continue a dry spell for red states, which haven't hosted a Republican convention since delegates gathered in Texas in 1992.
As protesters block buses full of detainees from entering a border patrol station, many Murrieta residents say the federal government is the real root of the problem.
The president's announcement that he would shift immigration enforcement resources to the Southern border failed to placate anyone.
Both President Obama and congressional Republicans seek to rev up their respective bases in the executive action fight.
"Young Outsiders" are Republican-leaning voters who don't like the GOP. Meanwhile, "Hard-Pressed Skeptics" are Democratic-leaning voters who could vote Republican in significant numbers this year.
Described as either a boost to U.S. jobs and the economy or as "crony capitalism," the Export-Import Bank's future has grown cloudier under new House Majority Rep. Kevin McCarthy.