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9:20 AM ET, July 11, 2013


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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Boehner warns House GOP will be weaker without immigration reform  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urged their House Republican colleagues to pass immigration reform legislation in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, with the Speaker arguing that the party would be …
New York Times:
Republicans in House Resist Overhaul for Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — Meeting for the first time as a group to hash out their approach to immigration, House Republicans on Wednesday came down overwhelmingly against a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws …
GOP reaching out to Dems on immigration
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Power Line
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:   Republicans' Obamacare search-and-destroy mission
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
North Carolina GOP Attaches Abortion Restrictions To Motorcycle Safety Bill With No Public Notice
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans More Pro-Immigration Than in Past  —  Record-low 35% want flow decreased; support for increasing it now 23%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As House Republicans and Democrats each met separately this week to consider how to handle immigration reform, Americans remain more accepting of immigration than they were even a few years ago.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Jeff Sessions / National Review:
Sessions: How GOP Can Turn Immigration Debate On Its Head
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Booman Tribune
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate Dems heading back to the drawing board on student loans
Discussion: Politico
Eliott C. McLaughlin / CNN:
Ex-Sanford police chief: Zimmerman probe ‘taken away from us’  —  (CNN) — The George Zimmerman investigation was hijacked “in a number of ways” by outside forces, said the former police chief of Sanford, Florida.  —  Bill Lee, who testified Monday in Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial …
Judicial Watch:
Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Detail Role of Justice Department in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Tim Huelskamp hits Barack Obama, Bill Clinton  —  Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp on Wednesday managed to jab both President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton in less than 140 characters.  —  The outspoken Republican tweeted that he doesn't trust Obama on border security any more than the 42nd president with women.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: Trusting Obama On Border Security Like Trusting Clinton With Your Daughter  —  Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) fired the zinger over his Twitter feed: … When he was asked by NBC News about the tweet, Huelskamp called it an “off-hand” remark but largely stood by the jab.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor  —  A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people.  According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth.
Pete Kasperowicz / E2-Wire:
House blocks enforcement of light bulb standards  —  The House on Wednesday voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs.  —  Just like last year, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) …
US-Egypt fighter jet deal ‘on track’  —  The US is going ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite the political unrest in the country, senior American officials say.  —  This comes as Washington is continuing to evaluate last week's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the army.
Discussion: Hot Air, Israel Matzav, The BLT and Guardian
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Spitzer Leads Stringer in Comptroller Race: Poll  —  Former Governor Who Resigned After Scandal Is Frontrunner  —  Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer by nine percentage points in the race for New York City comptroller, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll.
Steve Saleeba / CBS Boston:
‘Free Jahar’ Chant As Boston Bombing Suspect Heads To Court  —  BOSTON (CBS/AP) - A small group of demonstrators showed up at Moakley Federal Courthouse in South Boston on Wednesday to show support for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  —  Tsarnaev appeared in court for his first public hearing.
Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe:
Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev arrives at Boston federal court for arraignment
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Carry Forward  —  Illinois joins the rest of the states in permitting concealed guns.  —  “This is a historic, significant day for law-abiding gun owners,” the Associated Press quotes Rep. Brandon Phelps as saying.  “They finally get to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Jezebel
Regina Medina /
Kane won't defend Pa. in gay-marriage suit, sources say  —  Attorney General Kathleen Kane is expected to announce Thursday that her office won't defend the state in a federal lawsuit that challenges Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage, the Daily News has learned.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  July 11, 2013 - American Voters Say 2-1 Stay Out Of Syria, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Drop In Foreign Policy Approval Keeps Obama Score Low  —  American voters say 61 - 27 percent that it is not in the national interest to be involved in Syria and oppose 59 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and ABC News
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Booker raises $4.6M in 2nd quarter  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) raised a staggering $4.6 million in the second quarter of the cycle and now has $4.5 million cash on hand for his Senate campaign in New Jersey.  —  The haul may be enough to vault him ahead of his opponents in fundraising.
Discussion: Politico
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Egypt's preferable tyranny  —  Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi knows neither Thomas Jefferson's advice that “great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities” nor the description of Martin Van Buren as a politician who “rowed to his object with muffled oars.”
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP bill would defund schools with rules against playing with imaginary guns  —  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) introduced legislation this week to block federal funding for schools that enforce rules which punish students for playing with imaginary weapons.  —  The Student Protection Act …
Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:
The Decline of Black Power in the South  —  To understand the depth of the damage that the Supreme Court's June 25 decision, Shelby County v. Holder, has inflicted on the voting rights of African-Americans, you have to measure it against the backdrop of the takeover of state legislatures, primarily in the South, by the Republican Party.
Kurt Schlichter /
Time to Throw Out Second Best GOP Senators  —  Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is a loyal Republican, a decent guy, and generally a good senator.  He also needs to retire from the Senate because he is not good enough, and I don't care if that makes him sad.  —  The New York Times probably thought …
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Annie Z. Yu / Washington Times:
Hundreds call to adopt Down syndrome baby, save it from abortion
Discussion: Hot Air, and The PJ Tatler
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House to vote on split farm bill Thursday
KPBS San Diego:
Filner Asked To Resign Over Sexual-Harassment Claims
Discussion: Associated Press
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Exclusive: Yahoo seeks to reveal its fight against NSA Prism requests
Discussion: Guardian
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The Cost of Compromise  —  In his 2011 memoir, “Five Chiefs …
Paul Krugman:
Income, Race and Voting
Discussion: EconLog and Yahoo! News
Wall Street Journal:
Fed Affirms Easy-Money Tilt
Discussion: MoneyBeat and Real Time Economics
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Snowden: I never gave any information to Chinese or Russian governments l Glenn Greenwald
 Earlier Items: 
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr / Washington Times:
CARSON: Restoring plain and civil speech to politics
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Branstad, Braley lead in Iowa
Discussion: Phantom Public and The Hill
Patterico's Pontifications:
Lois Lerner in 2011: Receiving a Thick Questionnaire from the IRS Is a “Behavior Changer”
Discussion: National Review and Power Line
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
The NSA slide you haven't seen
Discussion: CNN and Hot Air
Felix Salmon:
Wage deflation charts of the day
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Trishula Patel / Washington Post:
Adam Kokesh charged with possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms