NFL will fine teams if players kneel on the field for national anthem
NFL will fine teams if players kneel on the field for national anthem
The Note's Must-Reads for Friday June 28, 2013

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Amanda VanAllen, Jayce Henderson and Will Cantine

IMMIGRATION ABC News' Jim Avila, Arlette Saenz and Serena Marshall: " Senate Passes Immigration Reform"A supermajority of senators passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that would grant 11 million undocumented immigrants immediate legal status and a path to citizenship while sending $30 billion to the southern border to beef up security. Supporters hope the historic vote in the Senate, where lawmakers have been debating the bill for weeks, will put some wind at the back of a proposal to bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. LINK

USA Today's Catalina Camia: " Will Senate immigration vote resonate in 2014?" Will the Senate's bipartisan 68-32 vote to pass a sweeping immigration bill have an impact when voters go to the polls next year? It's hard to predict what will happen, especially because the Republican-led House doesn't intend to vote on the Senate legislation and it's unclear if anything will get to President Obama's desk. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Sara Murray and Janet Hook: " Senate Approves Overhaul of Immigration Laws" The Senate easily passed the most sweeping changes to immigration law in nearly 30 years, sending the landmark measure to the House, where conservative lawmakers threaten to slow the drive to grant legal status to many of the estimated 11 million people living illegally in the U.S. The 68-32 vote Thursday marked a major step in a long-debated overhaul to the immigration system and drew ceremonial flourish. LINK

The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe: " Senate Approves Comprehensive Immigration Bill" The contentious bipartisan effort to overhaul the nation's immigration laws achieved a decisive victory Thursday when the Senate approved legislation that would allow millions of illegal immigrants the chance to live legally in the United States and to eventually become U.S. citizens. LINK

Politico's Seung Min Kim: " Immigration Reform Bill 2013: Senate Passes Legislation 68-32" The Senate on Thursday passed the most monumental overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in a generation, which would clear the way for millions of undocumented residents to have a chance at citizenship, attract workers from all over the world and devote unprecedented resources for security along the U.S.-Mexico border. LINK

The Hill's Amie Parnes: " Obama calls for House to act on immigration" "Today, the Senate did its job," Obama said in a statement released minutes after the Senate's 68-32 vote. "It's now up to the House to do the same." Obama said the Senate vote brought the nation "a critical step closer" to fixing a broken system "once and for all." LINK

Bloomberg's Kathleen Hunter & Roxana Tiron: " Bipartisan Immigration Law Revision Passed by U.S. Senate" Finding a way to duplicate the Senate's bipartisan passage of a revision to U.S. immigration policy will be a tall order in the Republican-led House, though senators of both parties plan to keep up the pressure. The Senate passed the most significant immigration measure in a generation yesterday with the support of 14 Republicans and all 54 of the chamber's Democrats after months of painstaking bipartisan negotiations. A group of four Republican and four Democratic senators worked to build a broad coalition of support from the start. LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Immigration bill clears Senate, faces uncertain future in House" Vowing that they have learned the lessons from the 1986 amnesty, the Senate on Thursday approved the biggest changes to the immigration system in a generation, promising this version will prevent another wave of illegal immigrants while granting a pathway to citizenship to most of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country. The 68-32 vote, in which 14 Republicans joined all 54 of the chamber's Democratic caucus members in support, is likely the high-water mark for immigrant rights advocates, who held prayer vigils and packed the public viewing galleries during the vote, anticipating good news for illegal immigrants who have been waiting, in some cases for years, for legal status. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION The New York Times' Matthew L. Wald: " Energy Secretary Optimistic on Obama's Plan To Reduce Emissions" The short-term plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that President Obama outlined this week is achievable with some new programs and better management of existing ones, the new energy secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, said in an interview on Thursday. But he said reaching a longer-term goal would require bigger reductions as well as action from Congress. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Kathleen Hennessey: " Obama begins Africa tour, visits Senegal slave house" President Obama arrived in this corner of West Africa to deliver messages about civil society and good governance, democracy and development. Senegal's message to him was simpler: Welcome home. LINK

GAY MARRIAGE The Boston Globe's Maria Sacchetti: " Gay marriage decision to keep binational families together" Genesio Oliveira was still sleeping Wednesday morning in Haverhill when his husband, Tim Coco, awakened him. "DOMA's gone," Coco said. Oliveira, a native of Brazil, thought he was dreaming. Then he sat up, shouted, and they hugged in celebration of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that has threatened to separate them since they married eight years ago in Massachusetts, the first state to allow gay marriage. As a result of the ruling, gay and lesbian US citizens and green-card holders for the first time can apply to sponsor their foreign spouses for legal residency. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Gay Marriage Supporters Celebrate SCOTUS Ruling" LINK

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