WASHINGTON (CBS News) -- Sen. John McCain told me just the other day that the Republicans chances in the next presidential election will depend on how the party conducts its business over the next two years. They'll get their first chance this week.
The issue of immigration is heating up in Washington again. President Barack Obama doubled down this week on what he told us last Sunday on "Face The Nation" - that he is ready to bypass Congress and move forward with executive actions to change the current immigration system and give millions a path to legal status.
Republicans in Congress, empowered by their big wins at the polls, have pledged to stop Obama in his tracks.
But GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell, who will become the next Senate Majority Leader, are caught in a bind. They oppose Obama's executive actions, but under no circumstances to they want to run the risk of shutting down the government over it, which is exactly what some conservatives in their party are calling for.
This Sunday, we'll talk to former Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012. He had a busy election season, crisscrossing the U.S. to stump for his fellow Republicans. Some have even said he should take a third stab at the presidency and run in 2016. We'll talk about the election, immigration, and much more.
Senators from both sides will join the conversation. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, will be on the broadcast this Sunday. Could there be another government shutdown? Will the Senate confirm Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch? What about a resolution to authorize the mission against ISIS?
Speaking of foreign policy, we'll also talk to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There have been heavy clashes in Jerusalem this month, and Netanyahu joined Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordanian King Abdullah II in a meeting this week to try to ease tensions. But the most pressing matter in the region is the state of nuclear negations with Iran. The deadline is rapidly approaching, but not everyone is hoping for a deal.
Finally, we have a very special sit-down interview with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. He just completed a successful mission to North Korea to retrieve two Americans being held by regime led by Kim Jong-Un. It's extremely rare for such a high-ranking intelligence official to venture out to North Korea, one of the most mysterious and repressive regimes in the world. We'll talk about the details of his high-stakes trip.
A great show is in store for this Sunday so be sure to tune in. Check your local listings.