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May 5th, 2013
02:34 PM ET

State of the Union Crib Sheet for Sunday May 5th

Show Highlights

On this Cinco de Mayo Sunday, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin joined Candy to discuss the Boston bombing investigation and implications of the attack for immigration reform, as well as future prospects for gun control legislation.

Rep. Peter King of New York also weighed in on Boston, as well as the latest developments in the ongoing conflict in Syria.

A panel of experts including Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Jessica Stern, Suhail Khan and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discussed the causes and process of terrorist radicalization and ways to identify someone who has become self-radicalized.

Finally, AB Stoddard of The Hill and Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News broke down the week’s big political news.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D) Illinois, on immigration reform.

“It's hard to believe 12 years after 9/11 we're having this conversation, but you put your finger on it. There is not enough coordination between these different agencies so that we know someone should not have been re-admitted to the United States. Our bill addresses that directly. We have up to 11 million people coming forward to register. So we know who they are. And that is going to make us more secure. I mentioned the border security. We're also dealing with this whole exit/entry visa issue. And we have security in the workplace. At the end of the day, immigration reform is doing things that should have been done long ago and makes it an absolute priority of this government.”

Sen. Durbin on what is needed to pass gun control legislation

"What we need to see is a change in political sentiment within the Senate. We need to pick up five more votes, and that's quite a task, I might add, as whip in the Senate, but we can do this. I hope the American people don't give up. I know the president hasn't given up,"

 Rep. Peter King (R) New York, on providing arms to Syrian rebels.

“I have real concerns. The reason I say that is so much time has gone by, and unfortunately, to a large extent, Al-Qaeda elements have a lot of control within the rebel movements. My concern is that, by arming the rebels, we could be strengthening Al-Qaeda so whatever arming we do - obviously, Assad is evil, and everyone is interested that he go - but if we are going to arm the rebels, we have to make sure those arms don't end up in the possession of Al-Qaeda supporters, nor at the end game with Al-Qaeda going to be in a position to take over this movement.” 


Sen. Dick Durbin:
Senate can still pass gun bill

"Immigration will make America safer"

Rep. Peter King:
Crackdown on student visas

Getting answers on Benghazi

Arming rebels could help Al Qaeda

Radicalization panel:

Political panel:




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