National Journal: How Marco Rubio and Rand Paul could team up to pass Gang of Eight bill: "Rubio badly needs immigration reform to pass, having invested so much time and political stock in the bill's passage and lacking a major legislative achievement. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah signaled this week that their votes are out of reach, leaving Paul as Rubio's best hope for a prominent tea party wingman."
Politico reports on how President Obama is trying to network with House Republicans in the hope of passing some immigration bill.
Some House Republicans demand that the "Hastert rule" be applied on immigration; the Speaker's office remains open to possibilities.
Mickey Kaus says that concerns about DUI convictions are driving Democratic opposition to the Cornyn amendment.
Mark Krikorian writes that some in the GOP establishment believe that enforcement will actually happen this time (though he thinks this belief is unrealistic).
The Hill reports that the Cornyn amendment could be used as a vehicle for Republicans to back the president's immigration plan:
A Republican senator who is wavering over whether to support the bill said Cornyn’s vote would bring along a large group of colleagues because Cornyn is the Republican whip and represents a border state.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested earlier in the week that his vote and the support of other Republicans could be contingent on the fate of Cornyn’s proposals.