10 things you need to know today: July 9, 2014

The Fifth Column

The scream.  The scream. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Week

Democrats push Obama’s immigration package, Brazil suffers a stunning World Cup defeat, and more

1. Obama urges approval of $3.7 billion plan to handle child-immigration crisis
Senate Democrats vowed to move quickly on passing a $3.7 billion package President Obama proposed to confront a wave of thousands of children illegally pouring across the Southwest border. President Obama urged Congress to approve the spending, which would pay for caring for the children but also swiftly deporting them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he aimed to finish a bill by Congress’s August recess, but many Republicans withheld support due to what they called Obama’s failure to secure the border. [The HillThe New York Times]


2. Brazil stunned in historic World Cup loss
Germany humiliated Brazil in the World Cup semifinals on Tuesday, eliminating the host team 7-1…

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Morning Must Reads: June 23


  • “As Iraqi Army forces try to rally on the outskirts of Baghdad after two weeks of retreat, it has become increasingly clear to Western officials that the army will continue to suffer losses in its fight with Sunni militants and will not soon retake the ground it has ceded.” [NYT]
    • “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad’s forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control.” [Reuters]
    • What’s the Pentagon’s endgame in Iraq? [TIME]
  • Crashes mount as as military flies more drones in U.S. [WashPost]
  • “Incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday he wouldn’t support reauthorizing the charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, placing in doubt the future of a major agency that facilitates U.S…

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