Obama: ‘I’m Comfortable With’ FDA Decision Allowing Girls 15 and up to Buy Morning-After Pill – ABC News abcn.ws/ZYzDv0
Outside the Bubble in Mexico - Jim Avila Looks at Self-Deportation – After desperately and dangerously crossing the border for work in the U.S., many Mexican immigrants now find the land from which they fled holds more opportunity and economic promise.
“When the economy [in the U.S.] started going down, it was hard, especially my work,” Erika Felix said. “It was just so much stress and my parents tell me, ‘Why don’t you come back and continue education here?’ So I did.” Self-deportation is a trend not often mentioned in the debate over immigration reform. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, since 2005 migration between the U.S. and Mexico has been net zero. Roughly 1.4 million Mexicans came into and out of the United States during that time. After living undocumented in the U.S. for nine years, Felix decided to move home to El Cargadero. “I heard some people say we’re even better here in Mexico, and I think so, too,” she said. “You have more rights, more freedom,” she added. “You know you’re not hiding. You can work and everything.” http://abcn.ws/YpYXf8 (Avila, Bruce, Smith)
Newtown Follows Anti-Background Check Senators Home – ABC’s Jeff Zeleny followed Sen. Kelly Ayotte to Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire to see how her vote against background checks for most gun purchases was playing in the Live Free or Die State.
Zeleny: It seemed like a typical afternoon civics discussion if Gilles Rousseau hadn’t driven here from Connecticut and taken a seat in the front row. He clutched a folder carrying the death certificate of his daughter, Lauren, a first-grade teacher killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “It says she died of multiple gunshot wounds,” he said in an interview, pausing to compose himself, apologizing for his tears. Rousseau said he had one burning question for the senator: Why did you vote against expanding background checks? He never got the chance to ask. http://abcn.ws/13PNIej
Clinton or Not, Emily’s List Ready for ‘Madam President’- Hillary Clinton said she put millions of cracks in the glass ceiling with her 2008 bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The women’s group Emily’s List launched a “Madam President” campaign Thursday to make sure that glass ceiling is shattered in 2016, regardless of whether Clinton runs or not. http://abcn.ws/15cdTRd (Shushannah Walshe)
1. Penny Pritzker – Roll Call’s @StephenTDennis: Fun fact: Penny Pritzker’s $1.85B wealth is roughly equal to *every penny* currently in circulation.
2. McConnell’s on a Plane: from @2_Shoes, who sat next to Minority Leader enroute to the Derby:: “Flew home next to Mitch McConnell… We are boys now. pic.twitter.com/8wJb6cjctP”
McConnell is clearly angling at being the hippest Senate Minority Leader in the country. There’s a TUMBLR contest where you can win a drink with him. (Since Obama joked who’d want to have a drink with him). Anyway, there are lots of user-submitted photos of McConnellites drinking beer across from an empty chair and a wine glass. It is a little unfair of the McConnell people, since the most famous high-powered red wine drinker might be John Boehner.
Gay Marriage in All of New England – By the end of tonight, with Gov. Lincoln Chaffee’s signature, gay marriage is set to be legal in ten states and the entirety of New England. http://abcn.ws/17A7nRw
O’Malley Signs Death Penatly Repeal - http://abcn.ws/106Ze1F
Hagel: Us Re-Thinking Possibly Arming Syrian Rebels – http://abcn.ws/1070x0L
Human Trafficking Raid at Saudi Diplomat’s House – http://abcn.ws/153rYQg (Dana Hughes)
Biden’s Poll Lead Evaporates If Clinton Runs in 2016- ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports: A world without Hillary Clinton looks pretty good for Joe Biden. Indeed, if the former secretary of state decides against running for president in 2016, a new Quinnipiac University poll released today shows, the vice president not only looks like a leading contender, he leaves other potential Democratic hopefuls in the dust. http://abcn.ws/1011Lze (Michael Falcone)
YouTube Brings Congress to the People- Move over C-SPAN, YouTube is now bringing Congress to the people. All members of the U.S. Congress were invited earlier this week to start live-streaming video from their YouTube channels. “Whether it’s to share a look into your daily work, broadcast speeches and meetings, or showcase events in your district, we can’t wait to see how you connect with your constituents,” a news release from YouTube says. Congress can’t hardly wait, either. The House and Senate both issued “Dear Colleague” letters to congressional members urging them to use the technology offered by YouTube. http://abcn.ws/15czlFF (Alisa Wiersema)
Obama Taps Billionaire for Commerce, Aide as Trade Rep- President Obama today will nominate a billionaire campaign fundraiser Penny Pritzker to head the Commerce Department and trusted, longtime economic aide Michael Froman as the next U.S. trade representative, a White House official said. http://abcn.ws/18eXUk0 (Devin Dwyer)
Truth Is Out There? Really? Ex-Lawmakers Piqued, but Skeptical on ETs- UFOs aren’t often discussed in Washington, D.C., and former members of Congress don’t often hold hearings. But that’s what’s happening this week at the National Press Club, where the UFO advocacy group Paradigm Research has paid $20,000 each to former Sen. Mike Gravel and former Reps. Roscoe Bartlett, Merrill Cook, Lynn Woolsey, Carolyn Kilpatrick, and Darlene Hooley, all Democrats, to stage a five-day “hearing” modeled after congressional proceedings to examine evidence of UFO sightings and the possibility of advanced extraterrestrial life. The program has an eye toward government disclosure of whatever the military and intelligence communities may know about the subject. http://abcn.ws/15bFj9O (Chris Good)