Edward Snowden's father has the appropriate paper work filed for a quick vacation to visit his son on the beautiful sunny Moscow shores, where he'll tell his leaker son to stay put. Or at least to never come home. Lon Snowden announced his travel plans with his attorney, Bruce Fein, Sunday morning on ABC's This Week. Fein said there are no firm plans for the elder Snowden to visit his son yet, but he'll have arrangements made "very soon." But the Snowden patriarch made perhaps the biggest wave when he said he'll advise his son to stay away from the U.S. for a while. "I’m not open to it, and that’s what I’ll share with my son in terms of a plea deal," Lon Snowden said, when asked if he'll tell his son to return home. But Snowden said the only was he'll support his son's return is if he's guaranteed a fair trial. "As a father I want my son to come home if I believe that the justice system … is going to be applied correctly," he said.
Sen. John McCain revealed he wants the President to do much more than cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his appearance on Fox News Sunday. He said it was "fine" that Obama cancelled the meeting, but more measures must be taken according to the Arizona Republican. "The president comparing him to a kid in the back of the classroom, I think, is very indicative of the president’s lack of appreciation of who Vladimir Putin is," McCain said. "He’s an old KGB colonel that has no illusions about our relationship, does not care about a relationship with the United States, continues to oppress his people, continues to oppress the media and continues to act in an autocratic and unhelpful fashion." McCain suggested the U.S. take a harsher stance supporting things Russia opposes beyond this "symbolic" gesture from the President, like expanding the Magnitsky Act, a bill passed last year to enforce more human rights in Russia. McCain also suggested helping Georgia join NATO and expanding defense systems in Russia. "We also need very badly to understand that Mr. Putin does not have the United States-Russia relationships in any priority and treat him in a realistic fashion," McCain said. "That’s the way to treat Mr. Putin, not just cancelling a meeting."
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez talked about his similar feelings towards Putin on ABC's This Week. "We seem to be more invested in this effort to create a relationship with Russia that can be productive for both countries more than [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is," Menendez said. "And so it seems to me that as we've tried to restart this relationship several times, that maybe now is a moment to pause and think about how we're going to move forward with Russia."
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus for the first time responded to reports Fox Television Studios would be producing the Diane Lane-starring Hillary Clinton miniseries with NBC ahead of the 2016 election during his interview on CNN's State of the Union. Priebus refused to criticize Fox News for their participation in the Hillary hysterics, despite promising to boycott NBC and CNN for their work. "Our party has to quit availing itself to biased moderators and companies that put on television, in this particular case, documentaries and miniseries about a particular candidate that we all know is gearing up to run for President," Priebus said. When host Candy Crowley pressed him, arguing what Fox was doing was no different than CNN and NBC, Priebus refused to budge. He compared boycotting Fox over this to boycotting Diane Lane for staring in the movie or Diet Coke for being served to the grips. "I'm going to boycott the company that puts the miniseries and the documentaries on the air for the American people to view," he said. "I'm not interested in whether they used the same sound studio, or they used same set."
Rep. Steve King tried to defend his offensive comments about undocumented immigrants on NBC Meet the Press, only to get smacked down by Republican strategist Ana Navarro. King made headlines when he said that "for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert," while discussing the repercussions of immigration reform. King briefly had an interview with David Gregory wherein he refused to accept that what he said was wrong. "My numbers have not been debunked. I said valedictorians compared to people who would be legalized under the act that are drug smugglers coming across the border. My characterization was exclusively to drug smugglers," King said, despite Gregory explaining how there's no evidence what he said is true. There's no way to track how many valedictorians or drug smugglers would benefit from reform. King wasn't backing down. "Then, what's their number? How many valedictorians do they suggest? And I’ll tell you, I've seen the drug smugglers," he said. "For this to be characterized by Dick Durbin as valedictorians, I'm telling the American people that I recognize that. ... But this proposes to legalize a lot of people that will include the people who are drug smugglers up to the age of 35."
Things seemed over and done with, and Gregory moved on with the show's roundtable discussion. That's when Navarro made a shot at King, so Gregory brought him back on. "I think Congressman King should go get some therapy for his melon fixation. I think there might be medication for that. I think he's a mediocre congressman with no legislative record and the only time he makes national press is when he comes out and says something offensive about the undocumented or Hispanics," Navarro said. She did acknowledge he was "helpful" because other Republicans have been publicly distancing themselves from King. "First of all, I spoke only of drug smugglers. And if Ana understands the language, she should know that. I didn't insult her or other Republicans," King responded. "I’m not undocumented, congressman, I vote," Navarro shot back. "There are people in America who are dying today because of our immigration policy and our open border. … We need to secure the border first, restore the rule of law. Then we can have this discussion that you want to get to, let's not be insulting people in the process," King said. "You're going to talk to me about insulting people, congressman?" Navarro asked. Then Navarro really let King have it. "This is a man who couldn't even get elected senator in Iowa. That's why he's not running there. This is a man whose district has been polled and supports immigration reform in the majority. So, you know, he is -- this is his call to fame," she said.
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