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Obama agenda: No 'appetite'?

On immigration, President Obama said yesterday "he didn't want to force an immigration bill through Congress 'just for the sake of politics,'" the AP writes. He added, "We've gone though a very tough year and I've been working Congress very hard, so I know there may not be an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue," the president told reporters aboard Air Force One returning with him to Washington from a Midwest trip.

The New York Times: "President Obama conceded Wednesday that Congress may not have the appetite to deal with the hot-button immigration issue this year, but he vowed to continue to press lawmakers to at least begin work soon on a comprehensive bill to overhaul the country's immigration system." 

"A fired-up Mayor Bloomberg warned the U.S. 'is committing national suicide' by passing the buck on implementing comprehensive immigration reform," the New York Daily News reports. "Hizzoner delivered the blunt message Wednesday as he criticized Arizona's harsh new anti-immigrant law. 'This is not good for the country. I don't agree with it,' he said. 'We love immigrants here.'" 

"Is the CIA's secret program of drone strikes against terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen a case of illegal assassinations or legitimate self-defense?" the AP asks. "That was a central question yesterday as the program was criticized by several legal scholars, who called for greater oversight by Congress, arguing the attacks could violate international law and put intelligence officers at risk of prosecution for murder in foreign countries."

Get ready… " '[B]irthers' reportedly plan to converge on Washington on May 29 with the Obama Care Eligibility March, claims original birther attorney Phil Berg, who runs the Web site ObamaCrimes.com. However, it is not clear how many people are actually expected to attend." 

"US Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar yesterday approved the nation's first offshore wind farm, the controversial Cape Wind project first proposed nine years ago in the beloved waters of Nantucket Sound, and proclaimed the dawn of a new era of clean energy in the United States," the Boston Globe reported, adding, "The project is also a critical milestone for President Obama, who pledged during his election campaign to make America a leader in clean energy but then failed to broker an international climate deal in Copenhagen last year. So far, the president has also been unable to sign an energy and climate bill into law. Even as the federal government developed offshore energy rules and as a suite of other projects were proposed off the East Coast in recent years, the Cape Wind decision loomed as a test of what kind of energy future the country would choose."

From Russia With Love? The New York Post: "At least eight prominent Kremlin critics have been caught in a hidden camera sex sting by a sultry young Moscow model in what they say is a classic KGB-style 'honey trap.'" The Post profiles the model, "Katya" and some of those who have been caught with her.