Quote of the day.
"Our concerns really are around making sure that the path to citizenship is clear and expeditious and isn't tethered to anything like enforcement." Kica Matos, director of immigration rights at the Center for Community Change, one of the organizers of the National Rally for Citizenship taking place today at the Capitol.
1. Threat to block debate on guns appears to fade in Senate.
Several Senate Republicans said Tuesday that they would not participate in a filibuster of the first major gun control bill since 1993, as Democrats appeared on the verge of overcoming a blockade threatened by a group of conservatives before a word of debate on the measure was uttered.
(New York Times)
2. Bipartisan immigration reform bill is expected this week.
A bipartisan Senate group is likely to announce a proposal to overhaul the nation’s immigration system in the next several days, and a committee hearing could be held on the legislation as early as next week, people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.
3. Obama sends Congress $3.77 trillion spending plan.
President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.77 trillion spending blueprint that seeks to achieve an elusive "grand bargain" to tame runaway deficits by raising taxes further on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs such as Social Security.
4. Canadian visits U.S. to promote oil pipeline.
Alison Redford, the premier of the Canadian province that is home to the oil sands formations that would supply the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the United States, said Tuesday that critics of the project had distorted its environmental effects and exaggerated the impact of developing the oil.
(New York Times)
5. Obama’s drone war kills 'others,' not just al Qaida leaders.
Contrary to assurances it has deployed U.S. drones only against known senior leaders of al Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan, Pakistani, and unidentified “other” militants in scores of strikes in Pakistan’s rugged tribal area, classified U.S. intelligence reports show.
6. Kerry, Israel’s Netanyahu claim progress in preparing for peace talks.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed progress Tuesday in preparing for possible new peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, opening a new chapter in U.S. peacemaking after what Kerry acknowledged is a long history of disappointments.
7. North Korea: U.S. and Seoul brace for missile test.
The U.S. and South Korean combined forces command in the South has stepped up surveillance of the North and added intelligence staff as the region prepares for an expected missile test.
8. Iran announces an expansion of nuclear fuel production.
Iran’s president announced an expansion of the country’s uranium production and claimed other atomic energy advances on Tuesday, striking a pugnacious tone in the aftermath of diplomatic talks that ended in an impasse with the big powers last weekend in Kazakhstan.
(New York Times)
9. Five Indian UN troops killed in South Sudan.
Five Indian peacekeepers escorting a U.N. convoy in South Sudan have been killed in an ambush by rebels, the office for the U.N. secretary-general has said.
10. Colombia peace marches draw thousands.
Tens of thousands of Colombians have taken to the streets of Bogotá in support of peace talks aimed at ending Latin America's longest-running insurgency. Wearing white, playing music and chanting "We want peace," the dense crowds marched towards the Plaza Bolivar where they were joined by President Juan Manuel Santos.