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OBAMA AGENDA: GOP expecting concessions for border supplemental

From one of us(!): DHS head Jeh Johnson said Thursday that ICE and CPB, at their current burn rates, will run out of money this fall without an emergency supplemental from Congress.

The Wall Street Journal crunches the numbers on child deportations. "In fiscal year 2013, immigration judges ordered 3,525 migrant children to be deported, according to Justice Department figures. Judges allowed an additional 888 to voluntarily return home without a formal removal order. Those figures pale in comparison with the number of children apprehended by the border patrol. In each of the last five years, at least 23,000 and as many as 47,000 juveniles have been apprehended."

Republicans are "signaling that they expect concessions for their legislative approval" of the president's $3.7 billion funding request to deal with the border, writes the New York Times.

In addition to the AP report appearing to debunk the "stand-down order" theory, the White House can point to this today too: "Top U.S. military leaders fully supported the decision to exchange five Taliban prisoners to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan for five years, according to letters released Thursday."

"The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper's hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show. The White House had publicly distanced itself on whether it would do the same to an American news organization," the Associated Press reports.

The latest in Gaza, from the New York Times: "At least eight Palestinians were killed overnight in airstrikes as Israel pressed on with its air offensive in Gaza, while southern and central Israel came under heavy rocket fire from militants on Friday morning."

“The German government ordered the CIA’s top officer in Berlin to leave the country Thursday in an extraordinary escalation of a conflict between the two allies over U.S. espionage,” writes the Washington Post.

CONGRESS: Detailing the lawsuit

From NBC's Frank Thorp and Andrew Rafferty: "House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday the Republican-led lawsuit against President Barack Obama will focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the White House decision to delay the employer mandate."

The New York Times points out: "By narrowly focusing the legal action on the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Boehner will sidestep the more politically problematic issue involving Mr. Obama’s executive action offering work permits for some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children."

The House and Senate tax committees are working on competing proposals to keep the highway trust fund solvent.

The Wall Street Journal profiles new Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. "Mr. McCarthy is doing what he can to ensure he doesn't suffer the fate of the man he replaces as majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor, whose Virginia primary loss last month came at the hands of a virtually unknown tea-party candidate who successfully attacked Mr. Cantor as having become too much part of the Washington establishment. Despite facing only a write-in opponent this fall, Mr. McCarthy already has aired a campaign commercial here. "Being elected majority leader was an honor," Mr. McCarthy said in the spot. "But the highest honor is serving our community and you."

OFF TO THE RACES: Rubio and the safety net

The Economist on Marco Rubio's unconventional way of talking about the social safety net from a Republican perspective: "[R]ight now he is the most effective standard-bearer for conservatives who worry more about reducing poverty and long-term unemployment than about waging culture wars and cutting income tax."

FLORIDA:From the Washington Post: "A judge struck down Florida's congressional map Thursday, ruling the Republican-drawn lines violate an amendment to the state constitution designed to curb gerrymandering."

GEORGIA: David Perdue is about to get a boost from his famous backers, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Perdue’s first-cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, will soon be featured on a TV ad boosting his candidacy, as well as campaign stops in the hours before the vote. And Herman Cain, who hosted a fundraiser for Perdue on Thursday night, will soon be featured on radio ads."

IOWA: Brad Zaun is not going to run as an independent in the 3rd District congressional race after all, the Des Moines Register reports.

KANSAS: Greg Orman, an independent running in the Kansas Senate race, is on the air with statewide radio and TV ads already.

KENTUCKY: Alison Grimes isn't weighing in on the emergency supplemental for the border, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. "When asked four times if she would vote for the supplemental funding that Obama requested from Congress on Tuesday, Grimes focused her answers on criticizing her opponent, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell."

MINNESOTA: Al Franken raised $3.3 million in the second quarter, three times the haul brought in by Republican challenger Mike McFadden.

MISSISSIPPI: "A Meridian man has recanted — sort of — his story that he helped U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's campaign buy votes for $15 each in Lauderdale County," writes the Clarion-Ledger. "Stevie Fielder now says he was asked to buy votes — by someone he won't identify — but that he refused because "I would be in jail because that's illegal." He says he has talked with the state attorney general's office."

NORTH CAROLINA: Americans for Prosperity is up with another ad campaign against Kay Hagan, blasting her for "runaway spending" in D.C.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Alex Witt interviews Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) on the border crisis; Legal analyst Lisa Green on a teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend, who faced a controversial search warrant; Gareth Murphy, Author of “Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry”; and in our exclusive Born in the U$A series, Lawren Askinosie from Askinosie Chocolate, whose father started the company after leaving his job as a prominent defense attorney.

*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Luke Russert is in for Andrea and will interview Rep. Luis Gutierrez, U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet, Fmr. State Department Senior Advisor Vali Nasr, the Washington Post’s Robert Costa and NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, Martin Fletcher, Kristen Welker and Mark Potter.

*** Saturday’s “MSNBC Live Weekends” line-up at 2:00 pm ET: TJ Holmes fills in for Craig Melvin and his guests include Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Mideast negotiator David Aaron Miller, Fmr. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Harvard Law Prof. Lawrence Lessig, Donita Judge of The Advancement Project, Ofelia De los Santos of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, The Washington Post’s Matea Gold, Jon Ralston of “Ralston Reports”, The Nation’s Dave Zirin, Fmr. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and Viviana Hurtado of the Wise Latina Club.

*** Sunday’s “MSNBC Live Weekends” line-up at 2:00 pm ET: Milissa Rehberger fills in for Craig Melvin and her guests include Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev, Palestine Liberation Organization’s Diana Buttu, and MSNBC contributor Prof. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto.