OBAMA AGENDA: What executive steps will Obama take on immigration?
Today's front pages: The Wall Street Journal runs an Obama/immigration action story on A1, but not so for the Washington Post, the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times.
Writes the Journal: "It appears all but certain the administration will make at least minor adjustments to deportation policy later this summer that would shield some illegal immigrants from deportation. What additional steps Mr. Obama may take are unclear. The president faces pressure from immigration activists to grant work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants, using executive authority that he has suggested many times he doesn't have."
The decision in the Hobby Lobby case may have been more narrow than it could have been, but it's certainly animating both parties a LOT heading into the November midterms, writes the New York Times.
NPR offers a probe of the question: How many companies are "closely held" (answer: more than you think) and how many might actually refuse contraception coverage? (answer: probably not many).
The Wall Street Journal's biz angle: "The Supreme Court showed there are limits to the business-friendly reputation it has earned under Chief Justice John Roberts, with the term that ended Monday marked by rulings favoring the middle ground on big issues from securities fraud to environmental regulations."
The latest in Iraq: "At first championed by the Bush administration’s neoconservatives as a potential leader of Iraq, Ahmad Chalabi ended up persona non grata, effectively barred from the wartime American Embassy here. Now, in an improbable twist of fate, Mr. Chalabi is being talked about as a serious candidate for prime minister."
After Israel found the bodies of three teens in the occupied West Bank, violence is erupting. Reuters: “Israeli aircraft bombed dozens of sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the military said, and troops opened fire and killed a Palestinian during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian medics said.”
The AP writes that the "audacious" ISIL declaration of a new caliphate has drawn ridicule from other Islamist rebel groups.
And the Denver Post on what’s on the line in today’s U.S.-vs.-Belgium World Cup soccer game: “When the U.S. and Belgium face off Tuesday, a case of Denver beer will be on the line. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is staking a case of beer from Epic Brewing Co.on the World Cup match with his counterpart from the European Union, Karel De Gucht. Froman, the nation's top trade negotiator and an adviser to President Barack Obama, visited the brewery on a visit to Denver last week. He also spoke to local business leaders before heading to the Aspen Ideas Festival.”
CONGRESS: No Surrender
They're not giving up yet. Roll Call: "Conservatives who backed Raúl R. Labrador’s bid for majority leader are saying they are already on to the next battle to force change from within the House Republican Conference. Austin Scott, R-Ga., who was one of Labrador’s earliest supporters, told CQ Roll Call that like-minded lawmakers are “extremely likely” to pursue an effort to address how the House operates."
From over the weekend: Members of the Congressional Black caucus have a message for incumbent Thad Cochran, writes POLITICO: You owe us.
Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi is being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after surgery for a mass in his brain.
OFF TO THE RACES: Cheneys try to mend GOP fences
Hillary Clinton called the Hobby Lobby ruling "a really bad slippery slope" at an Aspen Ideas Festival event.
POLITICO reports that the Cheneys are working to repair their strained relationship with GOP establishment figures. "Top GOP operatives and former Reagan and Bush officials were invited to a friendly, off-the-record dinner with the former vice president recently at the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington that several attendees said was billed as a “fence-mending’’ affair."
ALASKA: An event with Russian officials in Washington has prompted this scuffle in the Alaska Senate race, reports the Anchorage Daily News: "U.S Senate candidate Dan Sullivan attacked opponent Mead Treadwell on Monday for attending a "pro-Putin rally" on Capitol Hill this month, but Treadwell said the attack highlights Sullivan's limited understanding of Alaska and Russian issues.
GEORGIA: Jack Kingston says he'll pursue a seat on the Armed Services Committee if he wins the Senate race in Georgia. Why that's noteworthy? The AJC: "If Kingston beats David Perdue on July 22, he’ll face Democrat Michelle Nunn, whose father, Sam Nunn, was the longtime chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee – and one of the foremost defense experts of his period."
IOWA: Republican Sam Clovis lost his Senate primary bid to Joni Ernst. Now he's running for state treasurer.
KENTUCKY: Sam Youngman profiles admaker Mark Putnam, who's in his sweet spot working for red state Dem Alison Grimes.
LOUISIANA: "Kissing Congressman" Vance McAllister will run for re-election after all.
MISSISSIPPI: The McDaniel folks are pushing these conservative stories:
RedState: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal
Breitbart: DEMOCRAT PASTOR ACCUSES THAD COCHRAN CAMPAIGN OF VOTE-FOR-PAY SCHEME
*** Tuesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews WH Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, Fmr. WH Counsel Bob Bauer, SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe, GOP strategist John Feehery, WY Gov. Matt Mead
*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Quartz’s managing editor Bobby Ghosh on Iraq; Ida Aharoni, Israel's Consul General to NY on the Israeli teens killed; USA Today’s Raul Reyes on the President’s immigration push; Jim Galloway, Political Columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution on the new gun carrying law in Georgia; and Kevin Baxter, LA Times sportswriter on today’s World Cup game.
*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Peter Alexander fills in for Andrea and will interview Rep. Joaquin Castro, Planned Parenthood Federation on America Pres. Cecile Richards, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Chief Policy officer Tom Tarantino, USA Today’s Susan Page and Alan Gomez and the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.
*** Tuesday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews The Grio’s Goldie Taylor and political science professor Jason Johnson on Georgia’s new law that allows guns in bars, some churches, schools and government buildings. Plus The Nation’s Dave Zirin and Fmr. U.S. National Soccer Team Goalie Briana Scurry talk about U.S. World Cup fever ahead of today’s match against Belgium.