Slatest PM: Senate Passes Sweeping Immigration Reform

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June 27 2013 4:25 PM

Slatest PM: Senate Passes Sweeping Immigration Reform. Now Comes the Hard Part.

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View taken on November 20, 2009 shows the US Senate and Capitol Dome in Washington.

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Just In: The Senate passes sweeping immigration reform by a vote of 68-32, sending the package to the House where it faces an uncertain future.

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What's In the Bill: Associated Press: "The legislation's chief provisions includes numerous steps to prevent future illegal immigration - some added in a late compromise that swelled Republican support for the bill - and to check on the legal status of job applicants already living in the United States. At the same time, it offers a 13-year path to citizenship to as many as 11 million immigrants now living in the country unlawfully. Under the deal brokered last week .. the measure requires 20,000 new Border Patrol agents, the completion of 700 miles of fencing and deployment of an array of high-tech devices along the U.S.-Mexico border. Those living in the country illegally could gain legal status while the border security plan was being implemented, but would not be granted permanent resident green cards or citizenship."

Rare Bipartisan Push: Washington Post: "The vote [caps] more than six months of tedious and contentious bipartisan negotiations led by the so-called gang of four Democrats and four Republicans from across the country with various political strengths and ties to key interest groups. The issue united Schumer and McCain, two of the chamber’s most high-profile members, who had rarely worked together before on significant legislation. They were joined by Democratic Sens. Richard Durbin (Ill.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Michael Bennet (Colo.) and Republicans Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.)."

Now Comes the Hard Part: New York Times: "House Republicans say they feel no pressure to act quickly on a similar measure, leaving the fate of the bill very much in doubt despite solid bipartisan Senate support. ... Two senior House Republican leadership aides were ... blunt when speaking privately: Speaker John A. Boehner has no intention of angering conservative voters and jeopardizing the House Republican majority in 2014 in the interest of courting Hispanic voters on behalf of a 2016 Republican presidential nominee who does not yet exist. Even advocates of a comprehensive immigration bill that includes a pathway to legalization for unauthorized immigrants now in the country say that Senate passage ... would not change House sentiment quickly."

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Rick Perry Says Wendy Davis Hasn’t Learned: NBC News: “Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Thursday that the Democratic state lawmaker who halted a restrictive abortion law ‘hasn’t learned from her own example’ after having been born into adversity and becoming a teenage mother before going on to success as a Harvard law grad and legislator… Speaking at the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas, Perry accused Wendy Davis, a Texas Democrat who on Tuesday spoke for 11 hours to filibuster a bill that critics said would have virtually done away with abortions in the state, of ‘hijacking the Democratic process.’”

Tsarnaev Indicted: USA Today: "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged on Thursday with killing three people in the Boston Marathon bombings and fatally shooting a police officer in a federal indictment that alleged that he downloaded instructions on building a homemade bomb from an al-Qaeda website. The 56-page indictment also said that Dzhkokhar contributed to the death of his 27-year-old brother, Tamerlan when he drove over him while trying to escape a confrontation with police three days after the April 15 bombings. The 19-year-old Cambridge, Mass., student is also charged with using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death and the use of a firearm resulting in death. Tsarnaev, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted, is scheduled to be arraigned July 10."

It Gets Worse for Aaron Hernandez: CNN: “Hernandez, the former NFL tight end charged with murder in the death last week of an acquaintance, is now being investigated in connection with a double slaying in Boston's South End in July 2012, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told CNN. The source gave no indication whether there was any connection between that investigation and Hernandez's current murder charge. What is known is that the Boston Police Department has located and impounded a silver SUV… that's linked to the scene of a double homicide in 2012, the source said. Investigators believe that Hernandez was renting the SUV at the time of those killings.”

Obama Sounds Off on Snowden: Washington Post: “President Obama said Thursday that he has not spoken to his Russian and Chinese counterparts regarding the whereabouts of fugitive leaker Edward Snowden because he does not want to damage broader relations with those countries or to engage in ‘wheeling and dealing’ to return Snowden to the United States. ‘I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,’ Obama said during a news conference here with Senegal President Mackey Sall on the first full day of his visit to Africa.”

Junk Food Out at Public Schools: CBS News: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is replacing potato chips and candy bars with baked chips and granola bars as part of new standards for the nation's schools. ‘Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children,’ Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release. ‘Parents and schools work hard to give our youngsters the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong, and providing healthy options throughout school cafeterias, vending machines, and snack bars will support their great efforts.’”

Gandolfini Laid to Rest in NYC: NBC News: “ Family, friends and fans of James Gandolfini gathered in New York Thursday for a final remembrance of the actor known for his role as the tough-guy mob boss on ‘The Sopranos.’ Co-stars from that series -- usually recognized for their stoicism -- embraced one another with trembling lips and sorrowful faces as they entered the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine… Gandolfini’s wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini, provided the first of four remembrances. In brief but emotional remarks, she spoke tearfully of her late husband as a great father to his children, 13-year-old Michael and 9-month-old Liliana. She called him an ‘honest, kind and loving man’ who ‘ironically, was extremely private.’”

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