* Today the White House held a summit on family-friendly policies like paid family leave, which every industrialized country except the United States offers. But Zachary Goldfarb makes the key point: There was something noticeably absent, i.e., any specific legislation that the President is getting behind, and that may be because it would cost money.
* Thousands of families caught coming over the border have been released and then told to report for a deportation hearing, but the Obama administration won’t say how many, even though it appears to have the numbers. This is not going to go away, and the administration will need an answer.
* The Obama administration today released its memo laying out the legal justification for drone strikes, and civil libertarians warn it leaves many questions unanswered and could allow future presidential activity that we really, really would not be prepared to accept. — gs
* Harry Reid is warning Republicans not to try to shut down the government over the EPA regulations. Given how much they hate him, that may just be enough to make them do it.
* Reid is also offering Republicans a deal, telling them that he’ll give them an up-or-down, 51-votes-wins vote on Mitch McConnell’s effort to block EPA regs, if they will do the same on Democratic priorities like universal gun background checks. Well trolled!
* The Supreme Court handed down a decision today on the EPA’s authority that Republicans widely touted for striking down one specific EPA interpretation of a statute. Meanwhile, it left in place their ability to undertake almost all the carbon regulation the administration is planning.
* In tomorrow’s Senate GOP primary, Thad Cochran has been reaching out to Dems, which in Mississippi means black people. So naturally, Tea Partiers backing Chris McDaniel are mobilizing an army of poll-watchers, just to ensure the integrity of the ballot.
* Jonathan Bernstein makes a good point about the resurfacing of all the Republican neocons who brought us the Iraq War resurfacing:
The real problem, then, isn’t that the media is featuring former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and the rest of the 2002 gang. The problem is that, for the most part, the Republican Party still hasn’t moved past “dead enders” and “they’re probably in Syria” and other 2003-2004 greatest hits. Or, to be more precise, the Republican foreign-policy debate these days is between the people who basically continue to believe the Iraq War was both a good idea and ultimately successful, and a minority Paulite isolationist faction.
So if you’re a TV booker, you aren’t going to have an easy time finding Republicans who agree with the rest of America that the Iraq War was a fiasco from the start and should never have been waged.
* Looking for a comprehensive roundup of resources to help you understand the issue of all those Central American kids coming to our southern border? Alex Hagermoser has you covered.
* Philip Klein compares Hillary’s wealth gaffes to the deftness with which Bill handled questions about wealth, and reminds us she just isn’t that great a politician. I’d agree she tends to need time to get the hang of it — recall that by the end of the 2008 nomination battle she’d become a Blue Collar Heroine — and my guess is she’s rusty right now.
* Over the weekend, the South Dakota GOP passed a resolution calling for President Obama’s impeachment. Jaime Fuller has a handy roundup recapping the many, many people who have demanded the same over the past five years.
* And finally, Barack Obama went to Chipotle’s for lunch today. The Wire does a careful analysis of the meaning of the Burrito Bowl he ordered.