OBAMA AGENDA: Poor marks for handling border crisis
Obama is getting poor marks on his handling of the border crisis, with 6 out of 10 Americans unhappy with the way the issue of unaccompanied minors at the border is being handled, per a new Washington Post/ABC poll. (That includes 54 percent of Latinos.) But congressional Republicans fare even worse. And about half of Americans support Obama's request for a $3.7 billion supplemental to address the crisis.
The latest in Gaza, from NBC News: Israel resumed military action against Hamas Tuesday, giving up on an Egypt-brokered truce after Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets over the border. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered airstrikes to resume after Hamas gave no indication it would accept the deal.
From the Washington Post: "A senior Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, accused Egypt of collaborating with Israel to spring the proposal on the militant Palestinian Islamist group without prior warning. He called the proposal “unacceptable” and said Egypt is not a fair mediator because its government is deeply hostile toward Hamas."
Secretary of State John Kerry won’t travel to the Middle East now to push a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas after all.
The pressure's on in Iran. From the Wall Street Journal: "Negotiators from the U.S. and five other international powers have until Sunday to reach a long-term deal with Iran on reducing its nuclear program, declare the negotiations a failure, or make the politically awkward decision to extend their self-imposed deadline for a deal." MORE: "U.S. officials don't want to talk about extending the deadline—that would just reduce pressure to get an agreement—though an extension seems the likeliest outcome as a bevy of high-level negotiators wrestle in marathon talks in Vienna."
More, from the New York Times: “Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, faced with an imminent deadline for an agreement with the West on the future of the country’s nuclear program, said in an interview on Monday that Iran could accept a deal that essentially freezes its capacity to produce nuclear fuel at current levels for several years, provided it is then treated like any other nation with a peaceful nuclear program.”
CONGRESS: Breaking down the HUMANE Act
NBC's Frank Thorp has all the details on the immigration legislation being introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. "Called the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, their bill would require that all unaccompanied children who entered the United States see an immigration judge within seven days of entering the country, after which the judge would determine whether the child could stay within 72 hours."
By the way, the first expedited deportation took place Monday, with 38 women and children returned to Honduras.
The AP previews Fed chair Jessica Yellen's testimony to Congress this week, writing that she'll be delivering some welcome good news about the labor market.
OFF TO THE RACES: Ads and endorsements everywhere
Here's our take on the newest NBC/Marist poll numbers on the Colorado and Michigan races.
From one of us(!) yesterday: Why Rick Perry and Rand Paul are jockeying for 2016 position over foreign policy.
SEIU is up with Spanish-language ads in Colorado, California and Nevada targeting Republicans on immigration. "Republicans again and again insult our community, and blocked immigration reform."
Bloomberg dives into Jeb Bush's touting of his education record, and the anger it's drawing from the Tea Party.
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how political ads are increasingly targeted to individual voters, based on their specific habits and viewing preferences.
Gov. Martin O’Malley says he’s “seriously considering” a run for president in 2016 in an interview with Mark Barabak of the Los Angeles Times.
COLORADO: Senate Majority PAC is up with a new ad hitting Cory Gardner for his stance on abortion restrictions and "forcible rape."
IOWA: American Crossroads is picking up the slack for Joni Ernst while she's off the trail for National Guard training.
MISSISSIPPI: Chris McDaniel "asked Monday for an emergency order forcing Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker to let him see original copies of poll books," writes the Hattiesburg American.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Jeb Bush endorsed Scott Brown on Monday, NBC's Andrew Rafferty notes.
Veterans issues are front and center in the race this week, with Brown highlighting his military service in a new TV ad and Shaheen unveiling new backing from vets, NHJournal.com notes.
NORTH CAROLINA: Medicaid expansion watch, North Carolina edition: Gov. Pat McCrory says he's open to it if the state is allowed to craft its own plan.
TENNESSEE: Laura Ingraham, who helped boost David Brat over Eric Cantor, says she's "all in" for Lamar Alexander opponent Joe Carr.
WEST VIRGINIA: NBC's Kasie Hunt reports on Elizabeth Warren's campaign appearance for Natalie Tennant, where the Massachusetts senator said Tennant’s Republican opponent would fight "for those who have already made it."
More from the AP: Tennant acknowledged that she doesn't agree with Warren on everything, saying "I am pro-coal. I am pro-coal miner. I will stand up to [Warren] … I will stand up to the president. I will stand up to anyone who tries to hurt our coal jobs.”
The Washington Post's Robert Costa writes that Warren is being greeted as a welcome alternative to the unpopular president because she "excites the base voters and small-dollar donors critical to any Democratic contender’s chances."
*** Tuesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: Gubernatorial candidate/fmr. Rep. Mark Schauer, Rep. Sean Duffy, msnbc/Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart, NBC’s Martin Fletcher, The Atlantic’s/msnbc’s Steve Clemons, Univ. of Colorado’s Douglas Kenney
*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: MSNBC’s Tamron Hall interviews Medal of Honor recipient and MSNBC Military Analyst Col. Jack Jacobs, and David Grosso, the DC Councilmember who proposed a bill to ban suspensions for Pre-K students.
*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews NBC’s Martin Fletcher and Ayman Mohyeldin, Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center Exec. Director Yousef Munayyer, msnbc’s Jose Diaz-Balart, Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol and the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.
*** Tuesday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) about a proposed federal site to house dozens of immigrant children crossing the border to the U.S. The Blue Planet Project’s Maude Barlow and Pastor David Bullock talk about the water shut-offs in Detroit. And actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith discusses her new play about the school-to prison-pipeline.