• ‘Proud wacko bird’ Ted Cruz calls Obama biggest obstacle to immigration reform

    The Fine Print

    As the immigration debate begins before the full Senate for the first time, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has become one of the most vocal opponents to the current bill. But Cruz says the true obstacle to immigration reform is not him, but President Obama.

    “The biggest obstacle to passing common sense immigration reform is President Barack Obama,” Cruz tells The Fine Print, going on to say that the White House’s “insistence” on including a path to citizenship is standing in the way of the bill’s ultimate passage.

    “The path the White House is going down, I believe, is designed for this bill to fail,” Cruz says. “It is designed for it to sail through the Senate and then crash in the House to let the president go and campaign in 2014 on this issue.”

    Over his six-month run in the Senate, Cruz has developed a reputation for not toeing the line with party leadership, and has even been called a “wacko bird” by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

    Though Cruz says he’s not sure exactly what a

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  • Priebus: GOP hurt by dumb comments; needs to work harder to be competitive in 2016

    Politics Confidential

    Reince Priebus says the GOP needs to work harder to be competitive in the next presidential election in 2016. But those efforts aren’t aided by “hurtful” comments from some in the GOP that have alienated women voters.

    “I don't think any party has a monopoly on dumb things that are said, so I'm not going to sit here and defend those comments,” Priebus tells Politics Confidential.

    Asked specifically about Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s recent remark that education in the U.S. has suffered in part because “both parents started working and the mom is in the workplace,” Priebus said he disagrees with the remark but understands what Bryant meant to say.

    “I think he was trying to say that people are busy,” he said. “We've got a lot of pressure on moms that are becoming more and more the breadwinners in our society. And I think he was trying to make an analogy there. Clearly, I don't agree with it.”

    Priebus says one of the major challenges facing the GOP is how to

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  • Bottom Line

    A lot of questions coming in over the past 24 hours about two big stories in the news right now. First, a lot of you had questions about that stunning report out late Wednesday night from The Guardian that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records for millions of Americans under a top secret court order.

    Irene Miscia Martin wrote in on Facebook: Are they profiling for terroristic activity for the safety of our citizens or being nose-y?

    Samuel Aleman tweeted: Why is this a surprise? Ok we live in a free country with rule of law, but the fact is that 9/11 changed our reality

    I also received a lot of questions about President Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that he will appoint U.N. ambassador Susan Rice as his new national security advisor—an appointment that does not require a senate confirmation.

    Karen Mccaffrey tweeted: Why did he pick her?

    Colin King asked: What are her real credentials?

    And Todd Hamlin wrote in one Facebook: Graham and McCain are

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