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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, The Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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More Americans were likely to say their views on immigration match up with those of the Democratic party than the Republican party, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

The Democratic party's policies on immigration aligned more closely with the views of 48 percent of U.S. adults versus 36 percent who said their views more closely hewed to those of the Republican party, according to the survey.

Republican strategists have been urging the party to embrace comprehensive immigration reform as a means to court critical Hispanic voters. While less than half of U.S. adults surveyed related to either party on the issue, the Gallup poll found adherence to Democratic policies on immigration increased to 60 percent among Hispanics -- representing a "slightly greater preference for the Democrats among Hispanics than is seen in their general political party identification."

Republican Judd Gregg, the former New Hampshire governor and U.S. senator, joined conservative columnists like the New York Times' David Brooks in urging Republicans to embrace immigration reform or face becoming a "permanent minority" in an op-ed published on Monday in The Hill.

Gregg's column, titled "GOP needs to step up to its role," stressed the importance of the two-party system to building consensus and being inclusive -- something Gregg wrote the party "is on the verge of abandoning."

"How House Republicans handle the issue of immigration will be a key test," Gregg wrote. "Can the party continue in its role as a national force for consensus and good governance in the near future? Or will it take an exclusionary path that will inevitably lead to it being a permanent minority voice?"

"If it chooses the latter course, it will have abandoned its large and critical responsibility to be a part of a reasonably well-governed constitutional system built on the need to reach consensus," he continued.

Read the column here.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) campaign was expected to announce Monday that it raised almost $1 million in the last two weeks of June after her well-known filibuster of an abortion bill, the Texas Tribune reported.

Davis' campaign was expected to report raising $933,000 between June 17 and June 30 to the Texas Ethics Commission on its Monday filing deadline, according to the Tribune. Most of the 15,290 donations came from small donors, under $250 each.

Davis told the Tribune in an interview last week that if she decides to run to replace Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), fundraising in the red state would be "a key question." State Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who announced his own gubernatorial bid Sunday, reported raising $4.8 million for the same two-week period, according to the Tribune.

The Washington Times announced Sunday that David Keene will take over the helm of its opinion pages weeks after stepping down as president of the National Rifle Association.

Keene said in the announcement that his goal was to "continue to expand the reach of The Washington Times as the ‘go to’ publication for conservatives in Washington and around the country by giving readers access to solid, insightful and interesting conservative perspectives on public policy and politics that they can rely on."

As president of the NRA, Keene led the organization's efforts to fight gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting.

The United States and Egypt on Monday will hold their highest-level public talks since former President Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power.

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns arrived in Cairo Monday to hold meetings with officials from the military-led interim government, according to the New York Times.

Muslim Brotherhood officials vowed Monday to ramp up protests near the presidential palace and defense ministry, however, highlighting the anti-American sentiment running through Islamist circles that believe Washington had a hand in Morsi's ouster, according to the Times.

Los Angeles police officers in riot gear arrested at least seven people protesting the George Zimmerman ruling early Monday in front of the city's CNN building, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Over 100 LAPD officers fired "less-than-lethal" rounds to clear what authorities described as an unlawful assembly of about 80 people, according to the Times. The protesters condemned the acquittal of Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, carrying signs reading "We are All Trayvon Martin" and chanting "No Justice, No Peace."

Officials told the Times that the protesters were mostly peaceful, with a few outliers who were more aggressive.

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First-time Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez is open to running for political office again after suffering a loss at the hands of Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) in the Massachusetts special senate election, the Boston Globe reported.

“If something does pop up and I’ve got the same passion that I had for this last race, then I would be interested in it,” Gomez told the Globe.

The former Navy SEAL and private equity investor told the Globe that he'd be open to both federal and state level elected office, saying "nothing's off the table."

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Friday that the department agreed with Germany's request for the Egyptian military to release ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Reuters reported

When asked if the U.S. agreed with the German Foreign Ministry's call for Morsi's release, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "We do agree," according to Reuters.

The White House and the State Department have not called Morsi's ouster a "coup" since he was deposed last week.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday said the White House should nominate New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to replace departing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the New York Daily News reported.

"The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most important agencies in the federal government," Schumer said in a written statement, as quoted by the Daily News. "Its leader needs to be someone who knows law enforcement, understands anti-terrorism efforts, and is a top-notch administrator, and at the NYPD, Ray Kelly has proven that he excels in all three. As a former head of the Customs and Border patrol, he has top-level federal management experience. There is no doubt Ray Kelly would be a great DHS Secretary, and I have urged the White House to very seriously consider his candidacy."

When asked about Schumer's recommendation in a Friday briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said it is "far too premature" to start speculating about Napolitano's successor.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a Friday press briefing that if the Russian government were to give fugitive defense contractor Edward Snowden political asylum, it would be equivalent to granting him a "propaganda platform" and would run counter to Russia's previously stated neutrality.

Carney reiterated that since Snowden is facing three felony charges, he ought to be expelled from Russia to the U.S. where he will "be afforded due legal process."

"Every aspect of the United States system of justice is available to him upon his return," he said.

Carney said President Barack Obama will hold a previously scheduled phone call Friday afternoon with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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