July 8

* You’ll be pleased to learn that House Republicans have their priorities straight:

House Republicans are planning to spend as much as $3.3 million for this year’s operations of the special committee they created in May to investigate the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, a bigger budget than the House Veterans Affairs and Ethics committees were given this year.

The committee will have 30 staffers, which presumably will give them the manpower to figure out what the deal is with Area 51 while they’re at it.

* Today the Obama administration requested $3.7 billion to address the current crisis of children arriving at our southern border. Vox takes a look at where the money would go.

* Carl Hulse has a terrific reported explanation of how the current border crisis is rooted in a law passed in 2008 with strong support from evangelicals and Republicans — and Democrats — and signed by President George W. Bush.

* Alec MacGillis has a good piece looking at the border situation as — get this — a policy crisis, and a takedown of the silly, reflexive pundit comparison of it to Katrina:

There are countless facets of the crisis to consider. What role are child trafficking laws playing in hamstringing the Obama administration in sending the kids back home? Should we, in fact, reevaluate our asylum laws to reckon with the claims of the new arrivals that they are fleeing rampant political and gang violence in El Salvador and Honduras? Where should the children be housed in the interim while their final status is being adjudicated, given the NIMBYism that has quickly sprung up in some of the locations under consideration?

One could delve into these questions. Or, if among the Beltway commentariat, one could just dwell on the political optics, which means asking, for the ninth time in the past five and a half years, “Is this Obama’s Katrina?”

Wait, is he saying that people on TV should examine the issue in all its nuance and complexity? Who is he kidding?

* Greg noted earlier that Colorado Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner will come under increasing pressure over the national GOP’s call for deportation of DREAMers in response to the border crisis. Here’s the Colorado Independent reporting on what that pressure is already starting to look like.

* At the American Prospect, I examined why the current acute border crisis is immune to easy answers.

* The Republican National Committee announced today that it will hold its 2016 convention in Cleveland. Jonathan Cohn has a good catch, explaining how Republicans just stumbled into a controversy over the Affordable Care Act that won’t make them look too good.

* At long last, Sarah Palin has called for President Obama’s impeachment. Benjy Sarlin goes to great lengths to understand her “argument,” such as it is, so you don’t have to.

* And here’s Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst floating Obama’s impeachment in a newly-unearthed video.  Note that her spokesperson is not meaningfully walking this back, beyond saying: “impeachment is a strong word and should not be thrown around lightly.” — gs

* Bill House has new details previewing the House GOP rollout of the lawsuit against Obama, reporting that the process will be a “highly visible — and likely tumultuous — three week process.” There’s no way this will backfire on them. No way at all.

* Democrats have drafted a bill to undo the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision by ensuring that that for-profit corporations will have to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s preventive care mandate regardless of their owners’ beliefs about contraception.

* In a shocking development, Republicans have once again postponed their plan to finally reveal their long-awaited Obamacare alternative, which couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that there is no Republican Obamacare alternative.

* Phillip Klein spells out what conservatives are hoping for: That in 2016, the GOP refrains from nominating someone associated with the party’s Wall Street wing, making a conservative populist critique of Hillary Clinton as too close to Wall Street a real possibility.

* Erik Wemple has a fun take on the pundit scorecards from PunditFact, a PolitiFact spinoff, which rank which network tells the most falsehoods. You’ll never guess the winner.

* And finally, the Insane Clown Posse has lost their lawsuit over a 2011 FBI report that classified the group’s fans, known as Juggalos, as a gang. It’s now time for America to heal.