Politico: “Speaker John Boehner has been stunningly silent about his plans to move immigration reform through the House. But privately, the Ohio Republican is beginning to sketch out a road map to try to pass some version of an overhaul in his chamber — a welcome sign for proponents of immigration reform. … The speaker wants House committees — Judiciary has primary jurisdiction — to wrap up their work on a version of immigration legislation before the July 4 recess. And he would like immigration reform to see a House vote before Congress breaks in August. His goal is to begin moving either bite-size immigration bills or the bipartisan House immigration group’s legislation through committees before the Senate passes its bill, which could happen by the end of this month. The Senate Gang of Eight plan is on the Senate floor this week and is expected to get a vote before the July 4 recess.”
NBC’s Carrie Dann: “GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire will support the comprehensive immigration bill drafted by the bipartisan ‘Gang of Eight,’ she said Sunday, saying the legislation offers a ‘tough but fair’ path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.”
National Journal: “This is how [Marco] Rubio’s immigration dance has gone—and will likely continue to go until the final vote on the Senate floor. Rubio is playing both the ultimate insider’s game (crafting a major piece of legislation with a small group of lawmakers) and the ultimate outsider’s game (trying to build public pressure to sway the legislation in a more conservative direction). On the issue of immigration, he’s trying to be just a little bit pregnant.”
On the IRS… Reuters: “A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy. In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he and an underling set aside "Tea Party" and "patriot" groups that had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS filings.”
National Journal previews Thursday’s congressional baseball game at Nationals Park. Democrats have won the last four years on the arm of Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who played at Tulane and is described as the best player anyone can remember playing in the game. Republicans though have hope this year with Florida freshman Ron DeSantis, who captained the Yale baseball team, and, in practice, hit one out of a stadium in Alexandria.