June 25

* Speaker of the House John Boehner confirmed today that he’ll be filing a lawsuit essentially alleging that Barack Obama is a tyrant, due to executive actions that circumvent Congress.

* A federal appeals court declared Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and a federal judge in Indiana did the same to that state’s ban.

* A lot of people have declared immigration reform dead in Congress recently, but it’s something else to hear it from Rep. Luis Gutierrez, one of reform’s most important advocates in the House:

“Nothing’s going to happen,” he said. “My point of view is, this is over. There’s no reason to continue to wait. Every day, 1,000 people get deported. The president should stop deportations. There’s no reason to wait. Wait for what? Every day, they [Republicans] become not recalcitrant but even more energetically opposed to working with us. How many times does someone have to say no until you understand they mean no?”

We’re now going to enter a new phase where pressure increases dramatically on the Obama administration to take whatever unilateral actions it can to ease the pace of deportations.

* Adam Serwer has a very good piece defending black Democrats voting in the Mississippi runoff, and explaining the larger meaning of what happened:

Black strategic voting to sway the politics of a party that seems hostile to their interests is essentially the story of how the modern Democratic Party came to be.

* For decades, Cuban-Americans were the one reliably Republican group among Hispanics, attracted by the GOP’s strong anti-Castro stance. But as the Cold War recedes and the first generation of immigrants dies off, more and more are shifting to Democrats. The  Pew Research Center notes that they are now nearly evenly divided, a shift from 64-22 Republican just twelve years ago.

* A new Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices Women Vote poll shows danger signs for Democrats: among some key groups including unmarried women, they’re performing worse than they did before the disastrous 2010 election. But the poll also suggests ways Dems can reverse their midterm problems by pushing the right populist issues.

* Larry Levitt with some thoughts from 30,000 feet on the drop in health spending announced today: signs are good, but gains could prove fragile.

* Iowa Dems are out with a new web video attempting to track Joni Ernst’s positions on the federal minimum wage, a sign this issue may loom large in this Senate race, too.

* David Dayen looks at the odd role-reversal in which Republicans are attacking the Export-Import Bank as corporate welfare, while Dems are defending it.

* Ed Kilgore, a veteran of the New Democrat movement of the 80s and 90s, offers some advice for today’s “reformist” conservatives on how they can change their party from the inside.

* The Supreme Court ruled against tiny-antenna marketer Aereo today, and Lauren Williams explains why it wasn’t surprising: when new technologies face off against big media companies, whether in the courts or in Congress, the big boys usually win.

* Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown won the Democratic nomination for governor. If he wins the general election, which barring a catastrophic scandal he almost certainly will, Brown will be the only black governor in America  (Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is not running for reelection).

* The Field Poll, long the most respected polling organization in California, has their first general election governor’s poll out. Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican Neel Kashkari by 20 points, 52-32.

* Steve Benen with a smart response to Greg’s post from this morning: Congressional Republicans as a whole aren’t that “business friendly” anymore, even though they continue to get all kinds of support from groups like the Chamber of Commerce.

* And finally, Benen follows Dick Cheney making the rounds to try to ramp up Americans’ fear. First he told Hugh Hewitt, “I think there will be another attack and next time, I think it’s likely to be far deadlier than the last one.”

But then, on Fox & Friends, Cheney hedged, saying it was only “a possibility,” in response to Steve Doocy’s warning that a terrorist could utilize “some sort of gizmo to wreak havoc.”

You see, when Republicans were in charge, they had the threat from havoc gizmos covered.