After a slow start, it’s been a very active morning, which may get even more active later today depending on events on Capitol Hill and in a Florida courtroom.

Here are some mid-day news/view snacks:

* Nancy Pelosi lays down her own immigration reform markers, making it clear Democrats aren’t going along with House Republican “compromise” schemes that impose “hard enforcement” triggers or deny path to citizenship.

* McClatchey’s Allam and Schofield explain why Edward Snowden can’t just fly out of Moscow to asylum.

* Intensifying his conservative rehabilitation project, Rubio argues for hard line on appropriations measures that don’t defund Obamacare.

* Ana Marie Cox argues that a Rick Perry presidential campaign in 2016 would inevitably involve a very focused referendum on abortion.

* At TNR David Dayen offers a profile of Jeff Merkley as a very frustrated would-be “liberal lion” of the Senate.

And in non-political news:

* Another public hint from Bernanke on determination to keep stimulus going sparks at least temporary stock rally.

Back within an hour.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.