Sen. Jeff Sessions Is the Face of the GOP's Immigration Reform Resistance

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June 28 2013 8:07 AM

Opening Act: I Could Talk to You All Day

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., arrives outside the Senate chamber ahead of the immigration bill vote on June 27, 2013. Sessions was one of 32 Republicans to vote against the measure, but that didn't stop him from granting an interview with Telemundo.

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Ben Terris spends Thursday following around senators as they vote on an immigration bill that everyone says is doomed.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, for example, spent part of his day in a Senate office building rotunda, a tall blond woman from the Tea Party News Network towering over him with her arm around his shoulder.
"Sorry that took so long, I could just talk to you all day," the interviewer told Sessions with a laugh. The Alabaman has become the face of the GOP objection to the Senate bill, telling almost anybody who will ask what he thinks is wrong with it (well, almost anybody. After talking to TPNN, he refused an interview with Telemundo, the Spanish language channel).
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That's an awesome anecdote, but it's not quite true: Sessions did go on to talk to Telemundo.

Molly Redden asks what the Senate's passage means for John Cornyn.

The ur-factor of his three decades in politics is his willingness to zig and zag within conservative culture, amassing more institutional power with every zig, and always retaining his placid public image. But now it seems the tea party may have taken him one evolutionary step too far. In making a show of his fringiness, Cornyn may have lost his ability to horse trade over the things that matter to the Chamber of Commerce man who lies underneath all of the Senator’s various incarnations.

Amy Walter names the House Republicans most and least likely to back an immigration bill that looks like the Senate's.

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Luke Mullins delves deep inside the FreedomWorks battle, which has left Dick Armey in a talky retirement and the D.C. organization awfully distracted.

Kevin Drum shares my confusion about how WaPo describes the players on tax reform.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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