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June 16, 2013 4:25 PM GOP Sens. optimistic on immigration bill and other Sunday evening reads

By Samuel Knight

*Marco Rubio said that an immigration reform bill is “95, 96 percent…in perfect shape and ready to go.”

“I think the debate now is about what that border security provision looks like,” he said on “This Week.”

Colleague Lindsey Graham echoed those sentiments on “Meet the Press” — saying he has “never been more optimistic” about passing immigration reform, which he predicted will receive more than 70 votes in the affirmative.

*North Korea opened up the possibility of renewed diplomatic negotiations with the U.S. on Sunday.

According to the AP:

…the invitation from North Korea’s National Defense Commission, the powerful governing body led by leader Kim Jong Un, comes with caveats: No preconditions and no demands that Pyongyang give up its prized nuclear assets unless Washington is willing to do the same…

However, while White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said the Obama administration supports talks, he asserted that discussions “have to be based on them living up to their obligations, to include on proliferation, on nuclear weapons, on smuggling and other things.”

*Treachery expert and hunting enthusiast Dick Cheney called Edward Snowden a traitor this morning.

“I’m suspicious because he went to China. That’s not a place where you would ordinarily want to go if you are interested in freedom, liberty and so forth,” Cheney said, adding: “It raises questions whether or not he had that kind of connection before he did this.”

Say what you will about the effect of Snowden’s leaks — as if extremists weren’t aware that the U.S. government has a vast surveillance network — but the idea that Snowden is a Chinese spy seems rather wishful. A spy wouldn’t have disclosed the information to the public.

*Meanwhile, the Guardian is reporting that Snowden’s disclosures revealed that British and American intelligence services spied on allies during two G-20 meetings in London in 2009.

*Finally, Vladimir Putin denies charges that he stole the 2005 Super Bowl ring that formerly belonged to New England Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft. Really.


Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening and don’t let the Monday grind get you!

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.

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