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politics lead

June 18th, 2013
06:23 PM ET

Analysis: No incentive for GOP to vote for immigration reform

In an unaired, unedited portion of an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Speaker of the House John Boehner patted himself on the back a little for allowing bills to pass the House, without a majority of Republicans backing them.

"There are some bills that have passed with a majority of Democrats in favor, and a minority of Republicans ... and I've been criticized for it," said Boehner.

"My job as Speaker is to ensure all members on both sides have a fair shot," said Boehner. When pressed by Stephanopoulos if that includes putting on the floor a bill that will get more support from Democrats than Republicans, Boehner said, "We'll let the House work its will."

But on Tuesday the Speaker said, "Any immigration reform bill that's gonna go into law ought to have a majority of both parties support, if we're really serious about making that happen."

Boehner's office insists this is not a flip-flop, he's merely taking a "firmer stance" on his preference to have majority Republican support.

National editor for The Cook Political Report Amy Walter says the bottom line on immigration reform for Republicans is, where's the incentive?

"For these House Republicans there is very little incentive to vote for something," said Walter. Republicans up for re-election will face primary challenges if they sit in Republican districts, and almost all of them do, added Walter.

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pop lead

June 18th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

The Lead Read: 'The Silver Star'

CNN "The Lead" is highlighting new books for summer vacation reading, the latest recommendation comes from author Jeannette Walls.

Millions of Americans already know the moving prose of Walls from her 2005 memoir, "The Glass Castle," which explored in heart-wrenching detail her tumultuous childhood of squalor and fantasy in a dysfunctional family.

The book became a huge success, selling more than four million copies. "Deadline" reports that Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to star in the movie version.

"The Glass Castle" continues to have an enviable run; seven years after its release the memoir is still a New York Times bestseller, currently ranked No. 7 on the paperback nonfiction list.

Walls's latest book is not a memoir but a novel.

"The Silver Star" is about a girl and her sister - "Bean" and Liz - abandoned by their mother, and fending for themselves in a small southern town during integration.

"I'm fascinated by people who think, sort of, outside the box, and Liz does," said Walls of her new book. "I'm riveted by these people who make things up ... and there are a lot of parallels between ‘Bean’ and her sister, and me and my siblings."

world lead

June 18th, 2013
10:36 AM ET

Hashtag you're it: Porsche markets $900 go-kart for kids

For our hashtag game Monday, we asked people to tweet us how Porsche should promote its new $900 go-kart to 5-year-olds. Thanks to all tweeps who played, and a shout out to those who made air. @MichelleDouglas tweeted: "#kiddieporsche - because is it really that much more ridiculous than a 10 year old with a cell phone?" @littleblokes sent in: "Porsche – Providing solutions for the under-10 mid-life crisis ..." And @I3IGR3DT4NK tweeted, "#kiddieporsche because my daddy makes more money than your entire immediate family."


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