* Chuck Schumer tells Republicans they have a choice: Either move forward on immigration reform, or stand idly by while Obama acts unilaterally to ease deportations of the 11 million. This is how Dems can use the prospect of executive action to increase pressure on the GOP, rather than divert it.
* It looks like House conservatives are opposed to the bipartisan Senate deal to extend unemployment benefits, which casts doubt on its chances in the lower chamber and raises the prospect of House Republicans killing it.
* And Steve Benen catches one House conservative making a truly bizarre argument: Unemployment is down, so why do we need to keep helping the long term jobless?
Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign is circulating a new memo on the state of the Kentucky Senate race, summing up all the reasons Mitch McConnell is vulnerable. Key nugget: Millions in ads against her haven’t moved the polls out of a dead heat, even as McConnell’s approval remains in the toilet.
* Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is vowing to spend “whatever it takes” to reelect McConnell, even as McConnell casts Grimes as the “new face of the status quo.”
* Good stuff from Jonathan Cohn on why Dems need to stop equivocating about Obamacare, particularly as we enter a phase where the law’s concrete benefits are kicking in. This:
The official Republican Party position is to restore the old order — the one with features that, consistently, the American people have said they don’t like. Exposing these facts may or may not help Democrats in the fall. But they will have the virtue being true.
* Great point from Brian Beutler: Americans for Prosperity’s latest ad features a supposed Obamacare victim who lost her insurance (not a single word about its replacement), even as AFP lobbied aggressively to revoke the Medicaid expansion for thousands.
* Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity has reserved $850,000 in TV time in Colorado, probably to attack Senator Mark Udall, in the latest effort to convince everyone the Senate map is expanding. Cue up more Obamacare victim tales.
* Republicans very well may take control of the Senate this year, thanks to structural factors, but Charlie Cook offers this interesting tidbit on what the map will look like two years later:
Because 2010 was a terrific year for Republicans, the GOP will have 24 seats up in 2016, seven of which are in states carried by Obama in 2012. Democrats will have only 10 seats up that year, none in a state Obama carried by fewer than 5 points.
In 2016 we’ll also have a presidential year electorate.
* Good catch by Jennifer Rubin: A new poll finds Ted Cruz is underwater in his own state, another sign that his brand of extreme conservatism is alienating to the mainstream, and underscoring the larger dilemma Republicans face as they seek to broaden the party’s appeal.
* Michael Cohen cuts through all the BS and fog surrounding the arguments over Obama and the Ukraine crisis, reminding us that he simply has very few options, whether pundits want to admit it or not.
* And a good one from Josh Green: “The Jeep plant Mitt Romney said was moving to China is hiring 1,000 workers in Ohio.”