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61,000 unaccompanied kids who have arrived at the Mexican border are upsetting the plans of both Democrats and Republicans. Members of Congress, about to go home for the August recess, are bracing for town halls full of emotional constituents with competing points of view. Before they leave, can House Republicans pass a bill that looks like it deals with the problem? Will the President help Democrats or hurt them if he takes executive action? What’s at stake for the mid-term elections and the presidential race in 2016?

Also, fighting continues in Gaza, and the NCAA and brain damage in athletes.

Banner Image: Pro-Immigration protesters march towards the Escondido City Hall July 22, 2014. A meeting was held by the Escondido City Council at the city hall to discuss whether or not to allow Southwest Key, a leading shelter provider for unaccompanied immigrant children, to open a shelter in Escondido. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Claire Martin

Israel Ramps up Rhetoric, Bombardment over Gaza 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Fighting continues in Gaza as both sides consider yet another ceasefire proposal.  The bombing of Gaza’s lone power plant is further evidence of the humanitarian crisis for Palestinian civilians.  Meantime, BuzzFeed has new evidence about the incident that triggered the Israeli incursion: three Israeli teenagers were not kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza after all.

Guests:
Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed (@sheeraf)

Border Crisis Scrambles the Politics of Immigration 35 MIN, 14 SEC

House Speaker John Boehner said today that Republicans will introduce legislation making it easer to deport Central American children.  The goal is to pass it before leaving Washington for the August recess.  Meantime, the Obama White House is hinting that the President plans some kind of executive action.  Laura Meckler writes about politics and immigration for the Wall Street Journal…

Guests:
Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal (@laurameckler)
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)
Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions (@LatinoDecisions)
Marc Hanson, Senior Associate with the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights group (@marcbhanson)

NCAA reaches preliminary settlement in head injury lawsuit 7 MIN, 47 SEC

Four million former college athletes could be affected by a preliminary settlement agree to by the NCAA.  It’s all about concussion and brain damage—not just in football but all college athletics.

Guests:
Ben Strauss, Climate Central (@ben_strauss)

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