>Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix reports that West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will appoint an interim senator by Friday and announce his own run soon after. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, the potential Republican challenger, is reluctant to risk her own secure House seat to run against the popular governor.
Ezra Klein's Wonkbook analyzes what the varying positions of Republican senators on extending the Bush tax cuts mean for Democrats:
In recent weeks, Republicans have gained a lot of traction -- and hung a lot of tough votes -- on their concerns for deficits. Now they're stuck between two untenable positions: That tax cuts needn't be offset as a matter of principle, or that they needn't be offset as a matter of policy... Meanwhile, they're filibustering an extension in unemployment insurance based on concerns about deficits. Democrats are ecstatic: Tax cuts for the wealthy versus insurance for the unemployed is, for them, the first hint of solid ground in some time.
The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet points to the Associated Press' account of a list of illegal immigrants leaked by an anonymous group in Utah. The list includes the names and personal information -- including children's birthdays and the due dates of pregnant women -- of 1,300 people, almost all Latino, and is signed "Concerned Citizens of the United States."
Mike Allen's Playbook notes that Sen. John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will today declassify over 1,000 pages of testimony from Vietnam-related hearings in 1967 and '68.
ABC's The Note links to The Hill's report that Senate Democrats and the White House have decided upon a three-bill agenda leading up to the summer recess. Congress will send the financial regulatory reform bill, an extension of unemployment benefits, and a small business jobs bill to Obama's desk in the next two weeks. The Senate will also take on an energy bill, but this bill was not named one of the three priorities to achieve before the August break.
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