OBAMA AGENDA: The latest out of Gaza
"An examination of an Israeli barrage that put a line of at least 10 shells through a United Nations school sheltering displaced Palestinians here last week suggests that Israeli troops paid little heed to warnings to safeguard such sites and may have unleashed weapons inappropriate for urban areas despite rising alarm over civilian deaths," the New York Times says.
From Reuters: "Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its own ceasefire on Monday by launching a bomb attack on a refugee camp in Gaza City that killed an eight-year-old girl and wounded 29 other people."
From over the weekend, the Washington Post's Dan Balz: "For the next three months, Obama must be a partisan warrior, but not a petty partisan warrior."
An IG scandal ends in a retirement, per the Washington Post: "The top watchdog for the National Archives is retiring after a costly two-year investigation of allegations of misconduct found that he made insensitive comments about women and racial minorities."
The Associated Press puts the immigration mess like this: "Republicans can't figure out what to do about illegal immigration as the 2016 presidential campaign is starting to heat up and just three months before midterm elections."
Meanwhile, USA Today wraps the White House lines from the Sunday Shows: “White House officials are downplaying stories that President Obama is prepared to take executive action on immigration that would allow millions of undocumented people to stay in the United States.”
Here's Rep. Steve King of Iowa (who got to boast last week about being consulted on the House border bill) on Fox News Sunday this weekend: ""I think Congress needs to sit down and have a serious look at the rest of the Constitution, and that includes the 'I' word that none of us want to say."
And: “David Boies, the star trial lawyer who helped lead the legal charge that overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban, is becoming chairman of the Partnership for Educational Justice, a group that former CNN anchor Campbell Brown founded in part to pursue lawsuits challenging teacher tenure,” the New York Times reports.
OFF TO THE RACES: Wrapping up Fancy Farm
Bookmark: The Des Moines Register breaks down the busy 11-day stretch of GOP contenders visiting Iowa.
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"Sen. Rand Paul hasn't said whether he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. But his aggressive groundwork seems to point to no other outcome," writes the Wall Street Journal.
The Washington Post wrote over the weekend that Mitt Romney is filling up his summer campaign schedule as supporters talk him up for another White House run.
FLORIDA: "Florida legislative leaders said on Sunday they plan to call a special session on Thursday after a judge ordered them to redraw the state's U.S. congressional maps and held open the possibility of delaying general elections in November," writes Reuters. "The decision to reconvene the legislature, which is out of session, was in response to a ruling on Friday by Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis that required lawmakers to redraw the maps by Aug. 15."
HAWAII: A Hawaii News Now poll shows Colleen Hanabusa up 50 to 42 percent on Brian Schatz -- but other polls have shown Schatz in the lead.
KANSAS: The Washington Post takes a look at this week's Kansas primary.
KENTUCKY: Sam Youngman, for the Daily Beast, wraps Fancy Farm, “Hee Haw” Meets “Gong Show.”
Our own Perry Bacon Jr., in Paducah, on why the Kentucky Senate contest remains a true horse race.
Trey Grayson's assessment of Fancy Farm, via Cincinnati.com: "It's a Catholic picnic on steroids but without the booze and with a whole lot of hot air from politicians."
MISSISSIPPI: The Hill: "Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) will file a challenge to the results of his primary battle with Sen. Thad Cochran (R) with the Mississippi Republican Executive Committee on Monday.”
NEW YORK: A top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with federal prosecutors this month over the anticorruption commission flap, writes the Wall Street Journal.
NORTH CAROLINA: Worth keeping an eye on in one of the purest swing state races: "A Wake County judge is expected to issue an order this week for five “Moral Monday” protester cases that could have much wider implications."
Kay Hagan had emergency eye surgery last week.
TENNESSEE: Immigration is popping up big time in the Senate GOP primary, with Lamar Alexander defending his 2013 votes on the issue.
The Tennessean's political editor gives the Carr campaign an ICYMI: "I sat in on the senator's meeting with The Tennessean Editorial Board last week and listened as he successfully avoided saying what he really thinks on a whole host of topics: Medicaid expansion to provide health care for low-income Tennesseans; Common Core education standards; legislation that would require President Barack Obama to resume deportations of undocumented immigrants; and a proposal by his Republican colleague, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, to raise the gas tax to shore up federal road funds."
VIRGINIA: From one of us(!): A roundup of what to watch in the Bob and Maureen McDonnell trial.
WASHINGTON: The New York Times looks at how the death of oysters, the agenda of Gov. Jay Inslee, and the pockets of Tom Steyer are part of a bigger climate story in the Pacific northwest. "The Democratic governor, aided by what is expected to be millions of dollars from his billionaire friend Tom Steyer, is using the story of Washington’s oysters — scientists say a rise in carbon levels has spiked the acidity of the Pacific and is killing off shellfish — to make the case for passing the most far-reaching climate change policies in the nation."
*** Monday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews NBC’s Perry Bacon, USA Today’s Susan Page, Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, NBC’s Richard Engel, UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness, Fmr. Mideast Envoy Martin Indyk, Fmr. Sen. Bob Dole, NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci
*** Monday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews President of the Toledo city council, Paula Hicks-Hudson on the water crisis; Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on RushCard’s “Keep the Peace Initiative” a national anti-violence program; and actors Martin Lawrence & Kelsey Grammer on their new series on FX called “Partners.”
*** Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Sen. Chris Coons, SIM USA President Bruce Johnson, Fmr. Amb. Michael Oren, Fmr. RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Fmr. Gov. Ed Rendell, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Anne Thompson.