OBAMA AGENDA: More executive action
"Obama will sign an executive order Tuesday barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other,” the Associated Press reports. “The order is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That measure is scheduled for a vote this week, but is unlikely to pass. The president also will direct the Labor Department to adopt rules requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race."
Not just "criminals and gang bangers:” This will further fuel immigration activists' ire against Obama on deportations. "A New York Times analysis of internal government records shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all. Twenty percent — or about 394,000 — of the cases involved people convicted of serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, the records show."
NBC’s Suzanne Gamboa: “President Barack Obama stepped back to give Republicans room to pass immigration reform and in swooped the impatience of youth. Young immigrants, many not here legally, have ramped up their demand that Obama grab what he can now by using his executive authority to suspend deportations and worry later about winning over Republicans to sweeping reforms. These young immigrants have been dogging Obama for years and got a taste of victory when, before the November 2012 elections, Obama suspended deportations temporarily for young immigrants. That didn’t make them go away.”
Planned cuts over Medicare Advantage insurers are splitting Democrats, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Hill asks: When will the White House finally make the call on Keystone?
And don’t miss the New Republic’s interview with Chicago Mayor (and ex-Obama Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel.
CONGRESS: Unemployment benefits expected to pass in Senate
The Senate is set to pass an unemployment benefits extension Monday, but its fate remains uncertain in the House.
Bloomberg's Al Hunt likes the Republican system of term limits for committee chairmen.
Former CIA boss Michael Hayden said over the weekend that Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein showed too much "deep emotional feeling" about the panel's report on torture tactics to ensure an objective view.
OFF TO THE RACES: Frozen
The New York Times on those Jeb Bush immigration comments: "In perhaps his most expansive public discussion yet of a possible candidacy, Mr. Bush, a longtime supporter of overhauling immigration laws, warned against 'harsh political rhetoric' on the subject and urged more compassion for those who enter the country illegally for economic reasons. 'Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony; it’s an act of love,” he said. “It’s a different kind of crime. There should be a price paid. It shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to provide for their families.'”
Noted: Bush also said he would decide on a 2016 presidential run by the end of this year.
For the calendar: The Des Moines Register reports that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will speak at the GOP state convention on June 14.
The Wall Street Journal looks at how Hillary Clinton has frozen the Democratic field for 2016.
But guess what’s unfrozen now -- Joe Biden’s Twitter account. A DNC official emails First Read: “Vice President Biden’s campaign Twitter account is relaunching on Monday. The account will be run by the DNC after being dormant for over a year. @JoeBiden will be another way for the Vice President to engage our supporters, spread the Democratic message and support our candidates heading into the midterm elections."
Pot politics: "As politicians try to build national profiles ahead of the 2016 presidential race, they are navigating a force that barely existed in prior national elections: the growing push to allow marijuana for medical and even recreational purposes,” the Wall Street Journal writes. “It is a debate that often creates unusual political currents, scrambling the liberal-to-conservative spectrum."
The Washington Post sums up the "credentials caucus" -- "the period before the 2016 campaign when the Republican Party’s presidential aspirants quietly study up on issues and cultivate ties to pundits and luminaries from previous administrations."
Ryan Lizza writes in the New Yorker on what Bridgegate says about Christie's political style -- with plenty of nuggets about his formative mentorship by former Gov. Tom Kean, some high school baseball antics and a tiff with Joy Behar.
CONNECTICUT: Ted Kennedy Jr. is expected to announce a run for state senate, reports the Branford Seven.
ILLINOIS: "Pivoting from a primary campaign geared to his party's conservative base, Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is now seeking to expand his appeal with a TV spot featuring playful banter with his wife, who proclaims herself to be a Democrat," writes the Chicago Tribune. "But that on-screen declaration of political allegiance doesn't line up with Diana Rauner's history of campaign donations, which skews heavily Republican."
KENTUCKY: The Washington Post fact-checking team gives four Pinocchios to McConnell's claim that 280,000 Kentuckians have received insurance cancellation notices.
Glenn Beck told conservative activists at a Louisville rally that McConnell challenger Matt Bevin was "called by God."
NEW HAMPSHIRE: It’s official-ish. John DiStaso writes for the NH Journal that Scott Brown will formally launch his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Thursday in Portsmouth.
PENNSYLVANIA: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is up with her first TV ad in the Democratic primary for governor, the Inquirer writes.
*** Monday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel, The University of Kentucky’s Al Cross, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, Center for American Progress’ Daniella Gibbs Leger and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review and Bloomberg View.
*** Monday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: Chris Jansing interviews MSNBC Aviation Analyst Capt. John Cox, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), MSNBC Political Analyst Jonathan Alter, MSNBC.com’s Senior Editor Beth Fouhy, Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom, Former Bush-Cheney Senior Advisor Robert Traynham, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, and Investigative Reporter for Reuters David Rohde.
*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Attorney Paul Rothstein on Oscar Pistorius taking the stand; and Mykela Nunnelly, a 5th grader from Stapleton Elementary in Joplin who is one of the students who just brought school supplies to Moore, OK school.
*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews former FAA Chief of Staff Michael Goldfarb and NBC’s Ian Williams from Perth, Australia, NBC’s Mike Taibbi in Pretoria, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel in Kabul, Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, AP’s Julie Pace, Author and New York Times columnist Gail Collins and Khalida Brohi from the Sughar Empowerment Society.
*** Monday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews Eric Boehlert from Media Matters about Democrats strategy to fight back against the Koch brothers. Plus, Democratic strategist Kevin Cate talks about Jeb Bush possible 2016 presidential run.
First published April 7 2014, 5:59 AM