By Tracey Webb
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 25, 2014
1. Boehner: GOPers are crybabies. House Speaker John Boehner is mocking his fellow House Republicans on immigration reform. Boehner says GOP lawmakers "will take the path of least resistance" when it comes to controversial issue. "Here's the attitude: 'Ohhhh, don't make me do this. Ohhhh, this is too hard'," an animated Boehner told a Middletown Rotary Club meeting in his hometown of Cincinnati. Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck later tried to soften the speaker's comments saying "As the speaker often says to his colleagues, 'You only tease the ones you love.'" The Senate passed comprehensive immigration legislation last July that has since languished in the House. We'll talk about whether Boehner's remarks jeopardizes his speakership with our political panel Sunday on State of the Union.
2. Gun rights and restrictions. The National Rifle Association is kicking off its annual convention amid a new gun control push financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. NRA President Wayne LaPierre vowed a strong pushback by the gun lobby. "They intend to finish the job, make no mistake about it, to fulfill their commitment, their dream of fundamentally transforming America into an America that when they're through you won't recognize, but mark my words, the NRA won't go quietly into the night," LaPierre told the gathering. Other opening day speakers included Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Bundy: I'm no racist. Rancher Cliven Bundy defended remarks he made about African Americans and invoked the name of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King to do it. "He didn't want this prejudice thing like the media tried to put on me yesterday. I'm not going to put up with that because that's not what he wanted. That's not what I want," Bundy said in a CNN interview Friday. Bundy created a firestorm when he opined that blacks may have been better off as slaves. His comments drew widespread condemnation, including from conservatives and Republicans who had previously embraced the rancher in his cattle-grazing dispute with the federal government.
4. Middle East peace fail. The Obama administration's drive to ratchet up Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has hit a brick wall. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas agreed to form a unity government, which prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suspend talks with Palestinian negotiators. President Obama addressed the latest collapse, saying resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was always going to be tough slog. "This is a problem that's been going on for 60, 70, 80 years. We didn't anticipate we were going to solve it in the course of a six or nine-month negotiation," Obama said Friday in South Korea. Prime Minister Netanyahu talks with Candy Crowley about what it will take to revive the peace process Sunday on State of the Union.