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Cantor Asks McAllister to Resign, and How Earmarks Found a Home in Mississippi—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told Rep. Vance McAllister he should resign. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency's cross-state pollution rules, which were blocked in an earlier court ruling. An ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that Democratic candidates for Congress might not be able to escape President Obama's unpopularity. After making fun of Republicans for being afraid to take on immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner made clear that he blames Obama for the lack of progress. Texas utility company Energy Future Holdings filed for bankruptcy in one of the biggest Chapter 11 filings in history. And despite the Republican Party's staunch opposition to earmarks, candidates in cash-strapped Mississippi seem to be an exception.


CANTOR CALLS ON McALLISTER TO RESIGN: Opting not to seek reelection isn't enough, the House majority leader said. "When we took the majority, I had said that I believe we ought to hold ourselves to a higher standard. And I think what has happened in his instance doesn't meet that standard. So I told him that I thought he should resign." (John Bresnahan, Politico)


SUPREME COURT REINSTATES EPA RULES: The agency's cross-state air-pollution rule, which requires Eastern states to cut down on emissions that blow across state lines, had previously been blocked by a 2012 appeals court ruling. (Ben Geman, NJ)

POLL: VOTERS WANT REPUBLICAN CONGRESS: An ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Obama's approval rating at a new low and finds "a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands to check the president's agenda." (Balz/Craighill, WaPo)

BOEHNER PUTS BLAME BACK ON OBAMA ON IMMIGRATION REFORM: The House speaker met with Republicans to undo the damage of his comments last week ("Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard.") on Republicans who are avoiding taking on immigration reform. This time, he blamed the lack of reform on public distrust of Obama. (Russell Berman, The Hill)

ENERGY FUTURE BANKRUPTCY COULD BE HISTORICALLY EXPENSIVE: One estimate said the electric utility's bankruptcy could cost $270 million in fees, significantly higher than General Motors' and Chrysler's bankruptcies. (Emily Glazer, WSJ)

KERRY WALKS BACK APARTHEID TALK: Acknowledging that apartheid is "a word best left out of the debate," the secretary of State apologized for warning that Israel could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. (Peter Beaumont, The Guardian)

SUPREME COURT SEEKS TO DRAW LINE ON CELL-PHONE SEARCHES: The justices seemed to favor creating some defenses against warrantless searches of cell phones, but wanted to be flexible depending on the circumstances, during arguments in Riley v. California and U.S. v. Wurie. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Obama will hold an event on the economy at the White House. Vice President Joe Biden will speak at 12:15 p.m. at the Atlantic Council's conference on "Toward a Europe Whole and Free." Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will testify at 10 a.m. at a Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing on how the McCutcheon v. FEC ruling will affect campaign finance. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at 4:30 p.m. at the Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will speak at 11 a.m. at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony. The House and Senate are in session.


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GRIMM AND McALLISTER: Republican leaders cracked down hard on McAllister, but have kept quiet about Rep. Michael Grimm's indictment. One advocacy group says the culprit is the 24-hour news cycle. (Jonathan Weisman, NYT)

GRIMM'S CONNECTION TO LEBRON: Grimm allegedly received about half of his campaign donations from "Rabbi to the Stars" Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, who has given business advice to LeBron James, even though Pinto speaks no English. (Jaime Fuller, WaPo)

COLORADANS ON POT: DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO: A new poll shows Colorado's marijuana law is popular, but most say they'd be less likely to vote for a political candidate who lights up "two or three days a week." (Emma Roller, NJ)

FRANCE DOESN'T REALLY CARE ABOUT THOMAS PIKETTY: For starters, they already knew about Piketty, an economist, before his book came out. Secondly, Piketty's thesis on the dangers of income inequality is already a prevalent line of thinking in France. (Cowen/de Rugy, NYT)


IF PORK IS WRONG, MISSISSIPPI DOESN'T WANT TO BE RIGHT: The Republican Party has largely become the anti-earmark party, but Sen. Thad Cochran and House candidate Gene Taylor, a former Democrat, are calling out their opponents for stopping Mississippi from getting its piece of the pie. (Alex Roarty, NJ)

A SLOW RESPONSE TO A DEADLY FUNGUS: Investigators didn't fault the hospital, but a fungal outbreak may have spread because of lapses in infection controls at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. (Urbina/Fink, NYT)


THE DIVERSITY OF CLIPPERS FANS, GRAPHED: No wonder Donald Sterling is suspended for life. The Clippers, like much of the NBA, have a majority-minority fanbase. (Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: A school in Chicago will be named after President Obama. Seth Myers says the Obama school is expected to be very popular. At first. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

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