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Obama agenda: Pushing back on immigration

The Washington Post runs this piece from the National Governors Association meeting in Boston, which concluded over the weekend: “The co-chairmen of President Obama's debt and deficit commission offered an ominous assessment of the nation's fiscal future here Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer ‘that will destroy the country from within’ unless checked by tough action in Washington.”

The New York Times, meanwhile, focuses on the criticism from governors on the Obama administration’s lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration law. “In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administration’s suit against Arizona’s new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.”

“To learn how the immigration debate is playing in the heartland, and turning one-time supporters against President Obama, take a short trip north of Des Moines to some of the small towns of central Iowa,” the New York Post’s Earle reports. “These towns among Iowa's cornfields were the unexpected launching pad for Obama's historic presidential campaign. But now, many former Obama backers say they're bitterly disappointed -- thanks partly to broiling frustration over immigration and the administration's efforts to stymie Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants.”

“Attorney General Eric Holder says there's a real question about whether a terrorist suspect such as self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed can face the death penalty if he were to plead guilty before a military commission,” the AP writes.

“Mixing policy and politics, President Obama called on Congress yesterday to expand a clean-energy tax credit that could pay off in Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is struggling in his re-election campaign,” the AP says of Obama’s event in Nevada Friday.