• Bottom Line

    A lot of questions came in this week about that Republican family feud that’s been making headlines. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul have been engaged in a public debate recently, arguing over several topics including domestic spending and the NSA’s surveillance program. Many of you wondered about the motivations behind the fight, as well as the implications for 2016.

    Sandi Szecsy Wolff asked: What are issues they - and the Republican party - can collaborate on? Republicans don't cannibalize, so what are issues that we can debate, but generally come to a consensus as a party?

    Patsy Estes Mowery Coley wrote in on Facebook: I would like to know what are the two subjects they are disagreeing on? Aren't they suppose to fight for the people that voted for them and not what the party wants. Listen to your voters and you will have the answer to your questions. When are they gonna listen to the people that voted for them? When did it become what

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  • Top Line

    When Patrick Kennedy returned to Congress following a DWI for driving drunk in 2006, he made a point of going to thank fellow members of Congress who had sent him “get well” cards in rehab.

    The former Rhode Island congressman tells “Top Line” that he came across story after story from members of Congress who were also personally affected by mental illness or addiction.

    “All of them told me about how a parent committed suicide, or their spouse tried to commit suicide, or a daughter had an eating disorder, or a son a substance abuse disorder,” Kennedy recalls.

    But many of those same members, Kennedy says, were unwilling to vote for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that Kennedy sponsored in the House of Representatives in 2008 in an effort to improve insurance coverage guidelines for mental illness.

    “I went up to them and said, ‘Hey, how was it that you couldn't vote for this and they said … It's personal, and I can't afford to have any of you folks from

    Read More »from Patrick Kennedy: Members of Congress battle mental illness in their families but vote against help
  • The life of a DREAMer: One young woman’s journey to live legally in the U.S.

    Power Players

    Evelyn Rivera is a "DREAMer." Her family came to the United States from Colombia when she was 3 years old and, for much of her childhood, Rivera didn’t know that she was an undocumented immigrant.

    Rivera tells “Power Players” that although she was born in Colombia, she feels “very American in blood, in my language [and] in saying the pledge to the flag of the United States.”

    Rivera now lives in the United States legally under a program started by the Obama administration in 2012 that grants temporary legal status to DREAMers -- children who were brought to America by their parents and whose cases would fall under proposed federal immigration legislation called the DREAM Act. She is campaigning as part of the pro-immigration reform group United We Dream for a path to citizenship for the entire undocumented community.

    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, recently made headlines by claiming many DREAMers are drug runners, telling Newsmax that “for everyone who’s a

    Read More »from The life of a DREAMer: One young woman’s journey to live legally in the U.S.

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