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Last week's Republican primaries have exposed differences within the Party over immigration reform — when unity will be needed in the race for the White House in 2016. Has that created opportunities in the meantime for so-called "dreamers" to get GOP backing for small steps short of "comprehensive reform?" Also, the Ukraine crisis continues to escalate with Russia's gas shut-off, and winning the World Cup may depend on a kind of theatrics American players have yet to learn. Is "flopping" just artistic embellishment or actual cheating?

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Ukraine Crisis Continues to Escalate with Russia Gas Shut-Off 7 MIN, 49 SEC

It's the energy shut-off Europe was hoping to avoid. Russia's giant company Gazprom has stopped supplying natural gas to Ukraine — on the same day the new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans to unveil a peace proposal for pro-Russian separatists. Judy Dempsey is editor-in-chief of Strategic Europe.

Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe (@Judy_Dempsey)

Immigration Reform: A Mixed Bag for Republicans 35 MIN, 13 SEC

Immigration reform means one thing to Republicans on Capitol Hill and something else to the GOP's chances of winning the White House in 2016. When Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his Congressional seat in last week's Virginia primary to a tea partier, conventional wisdom blamed his willingness to work with Democrats for some immigration reform. But Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, an outspoken proponent of "comprehensive" reform, won in South Carolina without being forced into a run-off. Although "comprehensive" reform is being declared "dead" in Congress, smaller steps are alive and well in many state legislatures also controlled by the GOP. What are the lessons for the Republican Party? We hear how a new generation of so-called "Dreamers" has learned to play a nonpartisan game to accomplish their interests.

Gary Segura, Latino Decisions (@GarySegura)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Fawn Johnson, National Journal (@fawnjohnson)
Cristina Jimenez, United We Dream (@UWDCristina)

Latino Decisions on immigration reform as key to GOP's future
Johnson on how a new class of activists is changing immigration politics
UWD on President Obama's decision to postpone DHS deportation review

USA Soccer Doesn't Flop, and That Hurts Our Chances 8 MIN, 11 SEC

In the World Cup, much depends on how theatrically you play the great game. Success may depend as much on acting ability as athletic skill. The US is beginning its World Cup run today, and coach Jurgen Klinsmann says they'll need to improve their play. What about their acting? Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times joins us from Natal, in northeastern Brazil, where the USA Men's National Soccer team starts this year's competition.

Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times (@kbaxter11)

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