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OBAMA AGENDA: Show me the money

Coming today: details on the Obama administration's request for funds to deal with the issue of unaccompanied kids at the border. And, for now, that won't include legal changes to help send the children back home more quickly. The AP: "The White House insists the kids must be returned. Administration officials say they are still working on ways to do it faster, but say that the request for specific legislative changes will move on a separate track than the emergency spending request Obama is sending to Congress on Tuesday."

The latest in Gaza: "Israel intensified its aerial offensive in Gaza early Tuesday, bombing about 50 targets, including four homes the military said belonged to militants, after about 80 rockets were fired out of Gaza on Monday, some of them reaching deep into Israel. Military officials said additional reservists were being called up in anticipation of a possible ground assault."

“Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah's camp rejected preliminary results of last month's run-off election on Monday as a "coup" against the people, putting him on a dangerous collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani,” Reuters reports.

A tough Wall Street Journal health care lede for the White House: "Months after the sign-up deadline, thousands of Americans who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act still don't have coverage due to problems in enrollment systems."

CONGRESS: Benghazi panel could cost more than $3 million

Remember the Bob Menendez prostitution allegations? The Washington Post: "Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, according to people familiar with the discussions."

Hopes of a budget ceasefire appear to be dead amid midterm campaigning, writes the Washington Post's Paul Kane. "It means that come October, it is increasingly likely that federal agencies will have to function for some portion of fiscal 2015 on auto­pilot, based on the previous year’s funding plans rather than on detailed new budgets."

Even a hunting bill is laying bare midterm politics, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Senate Democrats split Monday night on a procedural vote to consider a hunting and recreation bill introduced by one of the chamber's most vulnerable Democrats of this election cycle, reflecting a divide among Democrats over gun-control policy."

The Benghazi special select committee to investigate Benghazi may cost more than $3 million this year, USA Today's Paul Singer reports.

OFF TO THE RACES: Rick Perry, the fighter

Rick Perry declined a "quick handshake on the tarmac" when Obama is in Texas but offered a longer meeting with the president to talk about the border crisis. "At any point while you are here, I am available to sit down privately so we can talk and you may directly gain my state's perspective on the effects of an unsecured border and what is necessary to make it secure," Perry wrote in a letter to Obama Monday.

The Texas Tribune's Ross Ramsey looks at how Perry is racking up political fights as he becomes a top GOP voice of opposition to Obama over the issue of undocumented minors at the border. "From a political standpoint, that puts the governor right where he likes to be — at the front of a pack of angry voters, pointing his finger at Washington, D.C."

The RNC is expected to choice today between Dallas and Cleveland to host the party’s 2016 presidential convention.

As Hillary Clinton's speaking fees remain in the news cycle, conservative group America Rising is calling for the Clinton Foundation to release documentation of its financial records, including IRS documents, speaking engagement records and funds spent on travel, entertainment and celebrity accommodations.

Clinton is getting a "thorny embrace" from Wall Street, the New York Times writes. "[A]s Wall Street hopes for a warm embrace from the former secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton must grapple with a populist surge coursing through politics, on both the right and the left."

In an interview with a British parenting site, Clinton defended her handling of a 1975 rape case, saying that she "asked to be relieved" of the responsibility to defend the accused client but "had a professional duty to represent my client to the best of my ability, which I did."

ARKANSAS: Sen. Mark Pryor is up with a new ad challenging comments Tom Cotton made about his faith. (Team Pryor has already called for an apology for the remark.) "I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God and I believe in His Word," Pryor says in the direct-to-camera ad. "The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does." The ad's a six-figure buy and will run statewide, the campaign says.

And here’s a new Cotton ad hitting back at Pryor’s attacks on disaster relief votes. “Shame on anyone who uses our tragedy for their own political gain,” a Faulkner county sheriff says in the ad.

IOWA: America Rising gets Bruce Braley on video responding to a woman who tells him "we're farmers" by saying "so am I."

Republican Joni Ernst is under more fire from the League of Conservation Voters, which is launching its second ad against her.

KANSAS: That primary between Pat Roberts and Milton Wolf got some nasty new ads this week, with Roberts re-upping the issue of Wolf's Facebook posts of x-rays of gun victims and Wolf hitting Roberts on the residency issue.

Roberts appears to be expressing some regret over renting out his Dodge City home, per an interview with POLITICO: "Roberts expressed regret for renting out his home and switching his voter registration to his friends’ house. An Army captain — who is now in charge of recruiting in the area — needed a place to live, so, Roberts said, he agreed to rent him his home. But given the headaches, he suggested he would’ve been better off staying put. “Now, hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have done it,” Roberts said."

KENTUCKY: Alison Grimes is up with a new ad featuring the Democratic candidate and a retired coal miner asking Mitch McConnell "I want to know how you could’ve voted to raise my Medicare costs by six thousand dollars. How are my wife and I supposed to afford that?”

MICHIGAN: Republican Terri Lynn Land is distancing herself from her family's lucrative real estate business. The Detroit News: "[A]s the November election quickly approaches, Land has separated herself from the actions of Land & Co. She has denied ever working for the company — despite public records suggesting otherwise — after Democrats criticized the firm for evicting residents of Land’s childhood trailer park and leveling it for redevelopment that hasn’t materialized."

MINNESOTA: Reuters: "Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's lawsuit accusing slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle of defaming him in a best-selling book and public statements goes to trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota."

MISSISSIPPI: The latest in the Senate runoff fallout, via NBCNews.com: 'Volunteers for Chris McDaniel’s Senate campaign sorted through Mississippi ballot boxes on Monday looking for voter irregularities in preparation for a possible legal challenge to the results of last month’s runoff election against Sen. Thad Cochran."

McDaniel's attorney said Monday that "as we've gone through this process, we are surprised by the amount of evidence that continues to come forward that shows us there has indeed been election fraud in this case," the Clarion-Ledger adds.

NORTH CAROLINA: The News & Observer wraps the first day of hearings over the state's controversial voter ID bill.

TEXAS: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took on GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott over a ruling designating information regarding some dangerous chemical facilities secret.

Wendy Davis is launching a campaign tour based around the issue, the Houston Chronicle notes.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Tuesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews NBC’s Stephanie Gosk, Rep. Tom Cole, Fmr. Rep./Wilson Center’s Jane Harman, Fmr. Bush NSC staffer/Washington Institute’s Michael Singh, Rogers State Univ. Prof. Quentin Taylor, Export Now CEO and Fmr. U.S. Amb. Frank Lavin

*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews: Rep. Lloyd Dogget (D-TX) on the Texas border crisis; Exec Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Neill Franklin, on the first retail marijuana stores opening in Washington state; defense attorney Eric Guster on the Clippers probate trial; Levar Burton with a Reading Rainbow update; and today our Born in the USA series highlights “52businesses” founder Colin Grussing and CEO Jason Seidman.

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki, NBC’s Stephanie Gosk on the road in Guatamala, USA Today’s immigration reporter Alan Gomez, MSNBC Counterterrorism expert Michael Leiter, Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, NBC’s Ayman Moyheldin in Jerusalem

*** Tuesday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid talks to MSNBC political analyst Ron Reagan and NBCNews.com’s Tony Dokoupil about the first retail marijuana stores opening today in Washington state. Also Joy interviews to Lucy Flores who’s running for Lieutenant Governor in Nevada as a Democrat.