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The Morning Line: Adjudicating Arizona’s Immigration Law

Keep your eyes on the flurry of activity set to occur at the Sandra Day O’Connor Courthouse today in Phoenix.

Two of the seven federal lawsuits seeking an injunction to prevent the Arizona immigration law from going into effect next week go before a judge today for oral argument.

The highest profile of the cases, the one filed by the Department of Justice saying Arizona has no jurisdiction over immigration law, is the case to watch.

It remains unclear to most court watchers if Judge Susan Bolton will issue a ruling before the law goes into effect on July 29.

In a must-read, the Washington Post takes a look at one town bracing for the impact the new law is likely to bring with it.

The Next Battle on the Hill

Senators stayed at it well into the evening Wednesday and passed the extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.

But don’t expect moving one hard fought bill off the legislative docket will ease the way for the next one.

On a couple of occasions this week, President Obama has made clear his next priority is to pass a bill aimed at getting small business loans and tax breaks to help spur hiring.

Republicans are not yet on board and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., once again finds himself trying to get to 60 votes.

The New York Times has more.

Clinton in His Prime

Bill Clinton is viewed significantly more favorably than his two immediate successors in the Oval Office, according to Gallup’s latest numbers.

The 42nd president — and soon to be father of the bride — scores a 61 percent favorability rating compared to 52 percent of respondents who view President Obama favorably and 45 percent who view President George W. Bush in a favorable manner.

Beyond the bragging rights this will give Mr. Clinton at the next gathering of the world’s most exclusive club, it helps illustrate why many vulnerable Democratic incumbents are requesting President Clinton’s support on the campaign trail this fall.

The White House is well aware that there will be many Republican-leaning districts that Democrats currently hold where a visit by President Obama may do more harm than good this campaign season. Those are precisely the kinds of districts where Bill Clinton may be able to step in and give his 61 percent favorability a spin around the track.

Remember, there are currently 48 Democrats sitting in districts won by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during his presidential run in 2008.

RNC Bookkeeping

Michael Steele’s Republican National Committee once again finds its financings under scrutiny despite ending June with roughly the same amount of cash on hand as the Democratic National Committee and carrying less debt.

This will likely be added to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s talking points to donors about why their money would be better in the National Republican Senatorial Committee or Republican Governors Association coffers than over at the RNC.

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