Election Recycling: Appears to Have No Basis Edition

mom_shes_touching_me Bush defends war: "Today, because America has acted and because America has led, the forces of terror and tyranny have suffered defeat after defeat, and America and the world are safer." Cheney says Kerry, Edwards have "campaign amnesia" for un-supporting the war: "The president made the right decision, and John Kerry is simply trying to rewrite history for his own political purposes." [NYT, WP, WT, USAT, BG]

Republicans reportedly ready to push revised marriage amendment if current amendment fails; passage unlikely. [WP, NYT, WT]

USAT/CNN/Gallup shows 6-point bounce for KE04. [USAT]

Kerry's themes coalesce: military strength, budgetary discipline, better schools, improved health care. [BG]

Kerry pledges to support women's issues, be a president "who meets with the NAACP." KE04 to spend millions on Hispanic and African-American media buys. [NYT, WP, LAT, USAT]

Leak reveals administration salaries, shows most high-end White House jobs held mostly by men. Card, McClellan, Rice, Rove, Bartlett each earn $157,000. [WP]

Rep. Jim Turner (Tex.), Democrat on House Select Committee on Homeland Security, says election terror warnings "appear to have no basis." Experts say election contingency plan highly unlikely. [WP, LAT, WT]

Bush to open 60 million acres of forest to road-building and logging. [WP, NYT]

Ron Reagan to address Democratic convention in apolitical speech about stem cell research. [NYT, WP, WT]

Kerry to accept federal funding; discussed alternatives. [WP]

GAO study calls color-coded alerts vague, insufficient, seeks overhaul. [NYT]

Bush seeks political benefit from increase in local grants. [WSJ]

Kerry, liberal group has had three times the ad expenditures of Bush in the last month. [LAT]

250,000 estimated to protest GOP convention; 67 permits issued in Boston. [USAT, BG]

Networks plan 3 hours of coverage per convention. [NYT, LAT]

Adopt-a-Vote aims to encourage voting among middle schoolers. [LAT]

Court fight today over anti-war ad in Times Square. [LAT]

Ted Kennedy, 72, picks up dog poop near the FDR Memorial. [WP]

One eighth of voters to use punch-card this year. [USAT][REUTERS/Brian Snyder US ELECTION]

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FINALLY. Of course, we say "finally," because we haven't been behind the scenes in the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees to witness the negotiating and wrangling firsthand, so we don't know what it's taken to make this happen, but clear your calendars for July 17, because Bobby Mueller is goin' to Congress!

Committee chairs Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler sent the letter late yesterday, accompanied by a subpoena, for Mueller to testify at 9 a.m. Eastern on July 17, which is a Wednesday, so you will presumably not be busy with brunch. The hearings for each committee will be back to back, after which members of Mueller's staff will meet with committee staff behind closed doors.

Schiff told Rachel Maddow last night that it should not be viewed as a friendly subpoena, because as we all know, Mueller has been very reluctant to become the star of the political circus this will surely create. However, he's gonna have to suck it up, because as we all saw after what happened when Mueller addressed the nation for 10 whole minutes, there is great value in actually having Mueller breathe life into his own work, for an American audience that hasn't read his 448-page report. (And we don't blame them/you! We probably wouldn't have read it all if it wasn't our job. It would probably be on our "list," like "someday I am going to watch 'The Sopranos' start to finish finally. And then I will read the Mueller Report!")

Point is, it needs to happen on live TV, where people can gather around at work and on the train and in the Fantastic Sams while they gets their hair did, and let this highly respected public servant tell the story of how America's most hostile enemy attacked the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump, how the Trump campaign was positively orgasmic over that reacharound, and how Trump criminally obstructed the investigation into that hostile foreign attack at every turn.

And because Robert Mueller is a patriotic American who respects the rule of law and our institutions, he will be complying with the subpoena, because of fucking course he will.

Right off the bat, we have a couple of questions:

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Beds at the 'temporary' shelter in Homestead, Florida. US HHS photo.

The House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion emergency bill to fund detention of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers yesterday, but the bill's demands that government meet minimal standards of humane treatment led Donald Trump to threaten a veto, because no one puts cruelty in a corner. The bill passed largely along party lines, 230-195, with four progressive Democratic first-term representatives opposing it because they believed the machinery of the New Cruelty shouldn't get a single dollar more. Trump prefers a bill already passed by the Senate, which would provide a similar level of funding $4.6 billion), but lacks the House bill's crazy radical requirements that migrants be held in less horrifying conditions than have been reported in the last week.

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