Odds & Ends

As the country awaits the grand jury announcement in Ferguson and the world awaits the results of the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear weapons, here are some things I’ve been reading:

For years, immigration activists have been protesting against the federal government’s Secure Communities Program. President Obama’s executive action does away with it. The question remains whether or not the new Priority Enforcement Program will be an improvement.

Speaking of Ferguson, do you think maybe Attorney General Eric Holder’s new guidelines for law enforcement are directed at any place in particular? You bettcha!

You’re going to have to read Robert Costa’s rundown of the problems faced by Republicans after President Obama’s announcement about immigration to find out who said this: “That’s the trouble with having some of these new, young punks around here. They ought to listen to us old geezers.”

CNN has done a fascinating mash-up of what President Obama said in his address to the country on immigration and what former President George W. Bush said during his. This is one time when the Obama = Bush meme works.

Can someone please tell me where I go to nominate Peggy Noonan for the “Pearl-Clutcher of the Year” award?

Al Giordano reminds us that this week, there is big stuff happening on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border.

And finally, one thing that’s come out of all this hysteria about President Obama’s action on immigration is that we found out that Speaker Boehner doesn’t have a dog.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.