By John Feehery

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The question that surrounds Congressional action on the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations is not:  What would Jesus do?

Jesus famously said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

I don’t think that DHS fits under the God category, although defending America from terrorists who pray to a different God is certainly part of the responsibility for the Department.

These days the question is:  What would Ted Cruz do? (more…)

Congressional Democrats Want DHS to Close


By John Feehery

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Congressional Democrats desperately want Congressional Republicans to get blamed for closing down the Department of Homeland Security, the longer the better.

So they are doing everything they can to make that happen.

They believe that a shutdown could help them to take back the Senate and possibly to take back the House. (more…)

5 Reasons to Expect Congress Will Act to Keep Homeland Security Agency Open


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

Here are five reasons to expect that Congress will get its act together and fund the Department of Homeland Security before the agency’s money runs out at the end of the week:

1. Risk management: The risk of shutting down DHS is just too great. Given the turmoil in the Middle East thanks to Islamic State and worries at home about a flood of illegal immigrants coming across the U.S. border, there is no upside, politically or otherwise, in letting this vital government agency close.

2. The president doesn’t want it:  While a closure might serve Barack Obama’s political interests, it doesn’t serve his management interests. This is a distraction that the president simply doesn’t need right now. (more…)

The Great Distraction


By John Feehery


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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

People ask me how the 2016 presidential election will impact the legislative agenda this year.

My answer: Rudy Giuliani.

The former New York mayor is not even running for president (been there, done that). But he was quoted at a private fundraiser for Scott Walker — who is thinking about throwing his hat in the ring — saying that Barack Obama doesn’t truly love America.  (more…)

Pandora’s Box


By John Feehery

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According to Wikipedia,

In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to create her. So he did, using water and earth.[4] The gods endowed her with many gifts: Athena clothed her, Aphrodite gave her beauty, Apollo gave her musical ability, and Hermes gave her speech.[5]

When Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Prometheus’ brother Epimetheus. Pandora was given a wedding gift of a beautiful jar, with instructions to not open it under any circumstance. Impelled by her curiosity (given to her by the gods), Pandora opened it and all evil contained therein escaped and spread over the earth.

Over the last ten years, American leaders have unwittingly conspired to open Pandora’s box in the Middle East, and now we are reaping the evils. (more…)


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