Lunch Buffet

Got caught in a construction-related traffic jam en route to San Jose, so stopped at the In-N-Out in Morgan Hill to do this post. Such a sacrifice, eh?

Here are some mid-day snacks, served Animal Style:

* A motion to table the much-discussed Cornyn Amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill passed the Senate by a 54-43 vote, presumably paving the way to consideration of the Corker/Hoeven border enforcement “compromise” discussed here earlier today. Interestingly, Rubio voted against tabling Cornyn, while Rand Paul voted with the remaining Gang of Eight Republicans and all but two of the Democrats.

* House Republicans apparently stand in line to tell Politico that the margin of victory in Senate for Gang of Eight bill will have no effect on what they decide to do.

* Rick Perry, who probably recalls getting clobbered in 2012 in no small part for being “too liberal” on immigration, comes out for making legalization strictly contingent on actual accomplishment of border control.

* SCOTUS rules 6-2 (with Roberts writing the opinion) that grantees of U.S. international programs to fight AIDS don’t have to adopt anti-prostitution policies.

* Tim Duy predicts Fed will exit from stimulus program when unemployment drops, even if growth remains tepid.

And in non-political news:

* Amazon pulls Facebook obit for James Gandolfini that was a bit too forward in hustling Sopranos DVDs.

Back when I’m credentialed and esconced at Netroots Nation.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.