* Political scientist John Sides on the serious long term risks punting on immigration reform carries for the GOP, and the role Hispanic media and opinion leaders could play in making them worse.
* The farm bill narrowly passes the House, which is being hailed as a big victory for GOP leaders, but they had to get rid of food stamp funding to get past conservatives, and now it heads to conference with a Senate that will insist on restoring it.
* Absolute must read from Robert Greenstein on how the House GOP could now pass their own food stamp bill, with truly draconian cuts to the program, relying on only Republicans to get it done. Also note the consequences it could have.
* Also see Kevin Drum, who puts the threat to the food stamp program in the context of the Great Recession. Terrible.
* Reality check of the day: Harry Enten on why even Democratic polling suggests you should probably forget about Dems taking back the House, which means the current stalemate will continue until at least 2016.
* Andrew Rosenthal on the folly of the GOP effort to make hay out of the employer mandate delay and how it reveals yet again that the GOP drive to sink Obamacare has strayed into pathology.
* Gallup: 71 percent of Americans want new laws governing immigration, suggesting strong opposition to the status quo and inaction. Eighty eight percent support a path to citizenship — including 83 percent of conservatives.
* Agree with Ed Kilgore: Harry Reid is right to focus the nuclear threat on GOP obstructionism that is explicitly designed to grind the functioning of agencies to a halt. And, no, liberals would not support that if the situation were reversed.
* As Steve Benen notes, Mitch McConnell’s claim that Reid is the one who is killing the Senate, when McConnell’s unprecedented obstructionism is what forced Dems towards the nuke option, is insanely out of touch with reality, and folks should say so.
* McConnell is threatening to make live even more miserable in the Senate if Reid goes nuclear, but Ezra Klein finds the problem lurking within this threat:
The majority is considering rules changes precisely because there’s nothing more the minority can obstruct that they really, really care about…This is the problem for Senate Republicans right now: The intensity of their obstruction has cut their leverage.
Of course, press accounts will treat this as a he-said-she-said dispute with no effort to tell readers whether Dems actually have a fair grievance here. Hint: They do.
* And Taegan Goddard flags Reid’s response to McConnell’s threat to make things even worse if Reid hits the nuke button:
“And that would be different how?”