White House storylines for Fed. 20, 2013: immigration, sequester and foreign affairs
SEQUESTER STORYLINE: President Barack Obama will be interviewed by eight local TV anchors, invited to the White House to talk to him about the looming March 1 deadline for a series of automatic spending cuts--referred to as the "sequester." The White House invited the anchors from selected TV markets in order to pressure GOP members of Congress.
IMMIGRATION STORYLINE: In order to put a cork in the bottle of complaints from Republicans that Obama was not talking to the four Senate Republicans who are part of the "Gang of 8" drafting bi-partisan immigration legislation--and to dilute a report the White House drafted its own bill--Obama picked up the phone Tuesday afternoon and called "Gang of 8" GOP members Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Marco Rubio,
The White House revealed there have been five meetings at staff levels with all the parties...watch for more....no deadline pressure yet from Obama on hatching a bill as long as there is progress.