Administration officials announced yesterday that they discovered 10 previously unreported deaths in immigration detention. The 10 names were added to the official list, and there was an 11th death that occurred late last week. The list that is known as "the death roster" now includes the names of 104 people who died in immigration detention since October 2003. When the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency gave the list to Congress in March, it had only 90 names.
The LAT takes a front-page look at how Vice President Joe Biden appears to be improving his relationship with Obama and is winning some choice assignments despite his well-known tendency to speak his mind at inappropriate moments. Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama, goes as far as to say that his gaffes are "part of what makes the vice president so endearing" because apparently people can relate to misspeaking about Russia's position in the world. He has been working hard to build a friendship with Obama, which one aide described as "courtship after the marriage." Biden worried endlessly about what to get Obama for his 48th birthday. He was set on getting the president a Nintendo Wii and was disappointed when he learned Obama's daughters already have one. So he got him a golf range-finder instead. And, for whatever it's worth, aides say he hasn't discounted running for president in 2016.
The WP fronts, and everyone covers, ABC's announcement that Tom DeLay, the former Republican House majority leader who resigned from Congress in 2006 after being indicted, will be a contestant in Dancing With the Stars. The producers have apparently wanted a politician on the show for a long time and approached DeLay thinking he would say no. But The Hammer surprised them by quickly agreeing to participate and has been preparing for the show all summer. "If I hadn't been on the public stage, this would frighten me to death," he told USAT. "But this doesn't scare me. I'm going into this to have a great time." Political types quickly tried to out-pun themselves. "It would be interesting to see if Mr. DeLay can do the Perp Walk," said the research director of Texans for Public Justice.