* A new Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings Institution poll finds that 63 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship — including a bare majority of Republicans.
Tellingly, only 14 percent back legal status with no citizenship, underscoring that the position of many Republican officials gets no support from either side and doesn’t accomplish its apparent objective of moderating the party’s position without alienating the right. After all, more (21 percent) support self-deportation.
* Big news on the gun front, in a statement from Harry Reid:
Later tonight, I will start the process of bringing a bill to reduce gun violence to the Senate floor. This bill will include the provisions on background checks, school safety and gun trafficking reported by the Judiciary Committee. I hope negotiations will continue over the upcoming break to reach a bipartisan compromise on background checks, and I am hopeful that they will succeed. If a compromise is reached, I am open to including it in the base bill. But I want to be clear: in order to be effective, any bill that passes the Senate must include background checks.
That strong language is welcome indeed. Negotiations with Republicans over background checks will continue; Chuck Schumer’s stricter background check language bill will be introduced as a placeholder, but the compromise proposal is still very much in the mix.
* House Republicans privately concede to Ron Fournier that they are willing to give on revenues in exchange for entitlement cuts. If they genuinely understand they are not getting anything without conceding revenues, that would be something.
* Joan Walsh has a good post rejecting the idea that we must choose between a grand bargain and extended sequestration, and suggests progressives need to be battling the deficit hawks, not anticipating a cave to them.
* Peter Beinart has an interesting piece on Obama’s speech in Israel today, its flaws and its virtues, and how it “challenged the narrative” of the Jewish and American right and insisted Israelis recognize that the world can change — and has.
* Also: E.J. Dionne on how Obama’s speech effectively put him back in the game when it comes to Mideast peace, and why that matters, despite spin to the contrary.
* Markos Moulitsas makes a key point about my post on Dems increasingly organizing around guns, gays and minimum wage: It shows the liberal wing has largely won the battle with more the cautious establishment Dems over the direction of the party.
* Michael Crowley has a dispiriting post about how far away real transparency looks on Obama’s drone program, despite administration suggestions otherwise. In a nutshell: “our killer drones are here to stay.”
* And Dave Weigel flags an amazing quote from the chairman of the Iowa GOP that doesn’t exactly bode well for that GOP makeover: “so-called same sex marriage is an irreconcilable difference with the Republican Party’s largest constituency….Committed Christians.”