Face in the News: All eyes on Israel, ISIS and illegal immigration

WASHINGTON (CBS News) - Things are heating up at home and abroad, with crises simmering in Iraq, Israel and even the U.S-Mexico border, and it all played out Sunday on "Face The Nation."

Israel is again on the brink after a series of recent kidnappings, murders and beatings that have killed and injured both Israeli and Palestinian citizens. Violent street protests have become a daily occurrence.

Appearing on "Face The Nation," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Secretary of State John Kerry should travel to the region and use shuttle diplomacy to restore a tenuous calm. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged Palestinian authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of three Israeli teens last month.

"This thing is in danger of spiraling out of control," McCain said.

Their comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were picked up by Politico, The Hill, CNN and the Washington Times.

Concerns are also rising in Iraq, where Islamic militants from the group ISIS have captured a significant chunk of territory in the country and in neighboring Syria, where a civil war is still raging. ISIS over the weekend released a video showing a brazen public appearance by its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Graham and McCain said the extremist group directly threatens the U.S. and slammed the Obama administration for withdrawing all American troops from Iraq in 2011. McCain also urged the president to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets. These comments were covered by The Hill and MSNBC.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, struck a much more cautious tone Sunday, asking, "Do we honestly believe that sending air strikes in is going to change a 14-century-old battle within the religion of the Muslim people?" His comments were picked up by The Hill.

Back at home, there is a different kind of crisis brewing. Tens of thousands of young children are illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico, fueled by rising drug violence in their Central American home countries. The situation reached a fever pitch last week when anti-immigration protests in Murrieta, Calif. blocked a U.S. Border Patrol bus carrying undocumented immigrants, mostly young children and women.

Durbin, Graham, and McCain were all part of the "Gang of Eight" that carefully crafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill last year. The bill cleared the Senate but it completely stalled in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where conservatives objected to many of its citizenship provisions.

"They had the opportunity for one solid year to call the immigration reform bill, and yet they refused to," Durbin said, adding that many of today's GOP demands were addressed in the Senate legislation.

On the current crisis, Graham said unaccompanied minors caught at the border should be sent home to prove that the U.S. won't permit illegal immigration. The senators' comments were picked up by the Associated Press, The Hill (twice), MSNBC, National Review, Newsmax and the Chicago Sun-Times.

In a lighter moment, host Bob Schieffer reminded McCain that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently said the Arizona senator was her favorite Republican. McCain quipped back: "I think it's my job to work with every president -- if she regrettably obtains the presidency." That exchange was covered by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico, The Hill, CNN, the New York Post and the Daily Mail.

Finally, five esteemed novelists were on "Face The Nation" this week to talk about their favorite books, how the industry is changing and the creative process. The Orlando Sentinel covered Schieffer's intriguing discussion with Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, David Ignatius and Karin Slaughter.

  • Marshall Cohen

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