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Congress: Boehner watches over right shoulder

Roll Call: Speaker John A. Boehner looked to shore up his right flank Wednesday ahead of a looming battle over immigration as the Senate lurched its way to the finish line. … The Ohio Republican reaffirmed his commitment to House Republicans on Wednesday that he would not bring up the Senate bill for a vote in the House. While that bill has significant Republican support — and seems certain to get close to 70 votes on final passage — it has also faced a sizable backlash among parts of the party’s base. According to a source in the room, Boehner told lawmakers Wednesday morning that the House would do its own bill ‘through regular order and it’ll be a bill that reflects the will of our majority and the people we represent.’”

Politico: “Rep. Paul Ryan says the House won’t be taking up the Senate immigration bill, but it will be working on its own legislation that he says will create a ‘workable legal immigration system.’” Said Ryan on FOX: “We’re not going to bring up the Senate bill, we’re going to do it our own way, on our own very methodical way, because we want to make sure we get this stuff right,” Ryan said. “We want to have real triggers on the border, real triggers on what we call the e-verify.”

Sarah Palin took aim at Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Marco Rubio for their support of the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill. “I think that every politician should be held accountable for breaking their campaign promises. Kelly Ayotte, bless her heart, she had on her website that her top immigration priority would be to secure the border. ‘No excuses’ is her quote. No excuses,” Palin told Fox News radio to host John Gibson, WMUR’s Political Scoop reported Wednesday. “And she was absolutely against amnesty and yet Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio and all the others who had said that border security must come first before any talk about immigration reform they turned their back on the American public, so why should they not be held accountable?”

(Of course, Ayotte and Rubio would argue that the bill is very strong on border security.)

Here’s a quote by Edward Snowden, picked up by Political Wire: "Those people should be shot in the balls." That was in response to people “who leaked government information.”