The Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill by a 68-32 margin on Thursday, but the House shows no sign of taking up the legislation. Plus: An Ex-Pentagon general is the target of leak investigation into Iran's nuclear program.
Hear no bill, see no bill? The Senate passed a sweeping immigration overhaul bill by a vote of 68-32, but “Republican leaders in the U.S. House made clear there is one thing they intend to do with the comprehensive immigration reform passed with great pageantry by the Senate Thursday: Ignore it.” NBC News: “Senate negotiators sought to run up the margin of the vote, hoping that overwhelmingly majority support would put political pressure on House leaders to move on the measure. So far there is no sign that strategy has worked, leaving efforts to fix an immigration system all sides admit is broken in legislative limbo. “
Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation. “Legal sources tell NBC News that the former second ranking officer in the U.S. military is now the target of a Justice Department investigation into a politically sensitive leak of classified information about a covert U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program,” reports NBC’s Michael Isikoff, who will be on Friday’s The Daily Rundown with more on his story. “According to legal sources, Retired Marine Gen. James ‘Hoss’ Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has received a target letter informing him that he’s under investigation for allegedly leaking information about a massive attack using a computer virus named Stuxnet on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Gen. Cartwright, 63, becomes the latest individual targeted over alleged leaks by the Obama administration, which has already prosecuted or charged eight individuals under the Espionage Act.”
Background check checked. “Federal investigators have told lawmakers they have evidence that USIS, the contractor that screened Edward Snowden for his top-secret clearance, repeatedly misled the government about the thoroughness of its background checks, according to people familiar with the matter,” the reports. “The alleged transgressions are so serious that a federal watchdog indicated he plans to recommend that the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees most background checks, end ties with USIS unless it can show it is performing responsibly, the people said.”