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House GOP huddles on immigration: House Republicans met to discuss immigration reform in an "open mic"-style session. Leaders announced no concrete plans to hold votes on five proposals that have already cleared committees. But they agreed to hold similar discussions in the coming weeks. Republicans also said they agreed the Senate immigration bill is a nonstarter.

McCrory threatens abortion veto: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) threatened to veto an abortion restrictions bill moving through the state legislature unless certain concerns are addressed.

Emotional Kerry provides update on wife's condition: Secretary of State John Kerry choked back tears as he provided an update on the condition of his wife, who is recovering from seizure-like symptoms. "Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and, we hope, improving,” Kerry said.

Crist memoir due out later this winter: A memoir by Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist is due out this winter. The subject will be his transition from Republican to Democrat. The title is "The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat." Crist is viewed as a potential candidate for governor in 2014.

Texas House approves abortion bill: The Texas state House approved a controversial bill to tighten abortion laws, moving action to the state Senate.

Ernst joins Senate race: Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) joined a crowded GOP field in the race for retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s seat.

Club targets Simpson: The anti-tax Club for Growth’s political arm will support Rep. Mike Simpson’s (R-Idaho) 2014 primary opponent, attorney Bryan Smith.

George H.W. Bush headed to White House: President Obama will welcome former president George H. W. Bush to the White House next week to honor volunteers with Bush’s nonprofit charitable organization.

Romney will raise $ for GOP: Next month, Mitt Romney will make his first fundraising appearance since the 2012 election. He will raise money for the New Hampshire Republican Party on Aug. 6

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