Washington Daybook: Heat Wave

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President Barack Obama plays basketball during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

A blueprint for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and provisions for border security and workplace verification will be released at 2:30 pm EST today by a bipartisan group of senators.

President Barack Obama welcomes the NBA champion Miami Heat team for a celebration of his favorite sport. He teamed with departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to defend his administration’s foreign policies in a joint interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program last night.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet this morning with local police chiefs from towns that have been scenes of mass shootings, including Newtown, Connecticut, as the administration presses. A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would likely be an “uphill fight” and may not be part of gun legislation that reaches the floor of the Senate, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program over the weekend.

The Senate this week may get its first opportunity to test newly revised rules that make it harder for a single member to slow legislation when it votes on measures including $50.5 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief, confirmation of Sen. John Kerry to replace Clinton as secretary of state, and a House-passed measure to suspend the debt limit until mid-May.

Lawyers for alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others will seek permission to collect evidence showing that some of the men were tortured, during the first of four days of pretrial hearings in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Proving torture could help the defendants exclude evidence at their trial or build a case for a reduced sentences if they’re found guilty.

 

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