READ IN: Monday, July 7, 2014: Deportations of minors down, Senate deciding on Approps approach, Washington marijuana sales to begin tomorrow, and the Iowa GOP lost all its passwords

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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences to the father of a Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered last week in an apparent revenge attack for the deaths of three Israeli teenagers. Six Israeli Jews were arrested Sunday in connection with Mohammad Abu Khieder's death. Israel bombed targets in Gaza on Monday after militants fired more than two dozen rockets into southern Israel on Sunday. (Washington Post)

-- The number of immigrants under 18 who were deported or turned away from U.S. ports of entry fell from 8,143 in 2008, George W. Bush's last full year in office, to just 1,669 last year, according to new ICE data. About 52,000 minors have surrendered to or been caught by Border Patrol agents since October. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Passengers at some overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. will be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board flights, the TSA said Sunday. Intelligence officials are worried about al Qaeda efforts to produce a bomb that could elude security. Officials said last week there are indications that al Qaeda bomb-makers have traveled to Syria to get involved in the ongoing civil war. (Associated Press)

-- Paul Kane previews this week in Congress: The Senate has to decide whether it's going to advance a set of appropriations bills. Signs point to a full punt, or they could just approve a single measure -- most likely the Veterans Affairs/Military Construction bill -- which would make negotiations over a continuing resolution or an omnibus bill easier.

-- Ed O'Keefe adds: The Senate will also begin debating a measure to expand hunters' access to some federal lands. The bill is Sen. Kay Hagan's (D-N.C.) election-year take-home. Democratic aides think it'll survive a cloture vote, but final passage is still unclear.

-- The Obama administration has pushed the White House to break free of some of the technological anachronisms of the past by forwarding casework by email, rather than by courier; allowing interns to apply and tourists to schedule tours online; and by following journalists on Twitter. But not all is modern: Even in the first year of the administration, Obama's digital team had to use the fax machine. (Washington Post)

-- Juliet Eilperin offers the behind-the-scenes look at the hopelessly outdated White House: The president's staff was still using the telegraph for overseas communications in the early 1990s, and under George W. Bush, the cutting-edge way they screened potential job applicants was by checking out their MySpace pages.

-- Front Pages: WaPo and NYT lead with turmoil in Israel after six men were arrested in connection with the death of a Palestinian teenager. WSJ reports on government gains against pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine. L.A. Times fronts a Michael Memoli look at the GOP's split on foreign policy. And USA Today looks at fraud in health records.

National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.

-- Senate Landscape: Libertarian candidates are poised to draw votes in at least 11 competitive Senate elections this fall, from Alaska to Oregon to Arkansas and North Carolina. Libertarian candidates are working to get on the ballots in Kentucky and New Hampshire, too. (Washington Post) Republicans say they're not concerned about Libertarians drawing votes from their candidates. But in extremely tight races, those candidates can matter. Just ask Sen. Jon Tester (D), who has won twice by smaller margins than the Libertarian candidate scored.

-- Washington: Almost two years after voting to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Washington State will begin issuing licenses to vendors today, with the first sales expected to begin later this week. About 20 of the eventual 334 authorized licenses will be issued this week by the state Liquor Control Board. (Seattle Times, New York Times)

-- North Carolina: Opponents of a 2013 law that changed dozens of voting rules will ask U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder to delay its implementation until after the November elections today. Democrats opposed the bill, signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R), which cut early voting days and added new identification restrictions. (Charlotte Observer) Background on the election law here, from our story last September.

-- Massachusetts: Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) leads the Democratic race for governor with 52 percent of the vote, compared with 18 percent for state Treasurer Steve Grossman (D). Coakley leads 2010 nominee Charlie Baker (R) by a 40 percent to 31 percent margin. The Boston Globe poll found 4 percent of Bay Staters admit to using marijuana on a regular basis. (Boston Globe)

-- Iowa: The transition to a new leadership team at the state Republican Party has been rocky, and apparently one of the former staffers who lost his or her job changed all the passwords on the way out the door. The state party's last official tweet came June 4, and the last post on its Facebook page appeared on June 13. (Des Moines Register)

-- South Carolina: Former state Treasurer and reality show character Thomas Ravenel said over the weekend he will run against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) as an independent. Ravanel must turn in 10,000 signatures by July 15 to get a spot on the ballot. (Associated Press) There was a time when Ravenel, convicted on drug charges in 2007, represented a serious challenge to Graham. Now he's an asterisk.

DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.

-- President Obama will formally ask Congress this week for additional funding to secure the border and deal with the flood of new immigrants pouring into the U.S., many of whom are minors. Obama travels to Austin this week for a pair of DNC fundraisers, though he won't visit the border. This afternoon, Obama welcomes a group of teachers to the White House.

-- Vice President Biden has meetings in the White House all day. Dr. Jill Biden is in Sierra Leone, her last stop on a three-nation Africa tour she started last week.

-- The House returns tomorrow with a handful of suspension measures to consider. They'll take up the Energy and Water Appropriations bill later this week. Both chambers are likely to start working on a supplemental bill to handle the flood of immigrants, many of them children, pouring over the southern border.

-- The Senate meets at 2 p.m. today, with first votes coming at 5:30 p.m. The Senate will vote on a Third Circuit Court of Appeals nominee, and on cloture on Hagan's hunting bill, S. 2363.

TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.

-- Tennessee: A month from today, Sen. Lamar(!) Alexander (R) faces several conservative challengers in a primary. Alexander has reserved almost $450,000 in airtime through the August 7 primary, multiples more than his rivals. State Rep. Joe Carr (R) doesn't appear to have been on air since March; physician George Flinn (R) spent about $50,000 on ads through June.

The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.

-- The most powerful man in North Carolina politics may be state Budget Director Art Pope. The businessman's family foundation gives millions to conservative causes, including Americans for Prosperity. But his power has been challenged by members of the state Senate lately; he was threatened with a subpoena unless he showed up to describe his Medicaid spending calculations. (Associated Press) Freudian Typo: Sixth graph makes it look like Pat McCrory works for Art Pope, not the other way around. The wags in Raleigh will laugh at that one.

B1: Business, politics and the business of politics

-- The Koch brothers are investing long-term in key states like Iowa. The state chapter of Americans for Prosperity has five field offices and 27 staffers; the national group plans to spend about $300 million this year, and by 2015 AFP will have outlets in 37 states. (Des Moines Register)

-- Big banks are beginning to abandon transferring money from the U.S. to other countries as government regulators crack down on financing headed to terrorists and drug traffickers. JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have ended low-cost services that allow Mexican immigrants to send dollars home, and Banamex USA, a Citigroup subsidiary, has closed branches in Texas, California and Arizona. Almost half of the $51 billion in U.S. dollars sent out of the country in 2012 ended up in Mexico. (New York Times)

-- The U.S. produced a daily output of more than 11 million barrels of crude oil in the first quarter of 2014, outpacing Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the largest producer in the world. Output is expected to rise to 13.1 barrels a day by 2019 and plateau after that. (Bloomberg)

-- Markets are trading lower today after closing at record highs after Thursday's short session. Most world markets were down a hair on Monday. (CNN)

C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.

-- Former Treasury Secretary and Obama administration official Larry Summers writes: "At a time of high tension in Europe, with Russian adventurism in Ukraine, pervasive conflict and instability in the Middle East and rising tensions within Asia as China makes its presence ever more strongly felt, the choices the United States makes will have far-reaching consequences. It is no exaggeration to say that there is more doubt about our willingness to stand behind our allies, resist aggression and support a stable global system than at any time in decades." Summers wants Congress to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank and approve changes to the IMF. (Washington Post)

-- Robert Barnes highlights the words and cases to remember from this year's Supreme Court session.

-- Former Sen. Alan Dixon (D-Ill.), who served two terms before losing the 1992 Democratic primary to Carol Moseley Braun, died Sunday at his home. He was 86. Dixon was known for accomodating colleagues on both sides of the aisle; after the Senate, he headed the Base Realignment and Closure Commission under Bill Clinton. (Chicago Tribune, Associated Press)

C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work

-- Stories we will always click on: "Senator Patrick Leahy shares his love of Batman." Leahy once played the voice of a 19th-century governor of the Utah territory in a Batman cartoon. (Boston Globe)

-- A train derailment in Western Montana sent three Boeing 737 fuselages sliding down a steep embankment and into the Clark Fork River over the weekend. No one was injured, but a bunch of 737 bodies hanging out in a river make for interesting photos. (Seattle Times)

Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.

-- House Speaker John Boehner writes on his lawsuit against the Obama administration: "[T]oo often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him."

Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today

-- A Fourth of July parade float in Norfolk, Neb., that depicted an outhouse with the words "Obama Presidential Library" on the side was one of the most popular entrants in this year's event, organizers said. A parade committee member said the float was intended to be a political cartoon, rather than an offensive statements. (Lincoln Journal-Star)

Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post's GovBeat blog. He's a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he's a complete political junkie.
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