Morning Must Reads

In the news today: Tagg Romney, sequestration, anonymous prostitutes, confidential Justice Department drone memos, immigration, and the Violence Against Women Act.

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  • Just how many gun laws are there?
  • Charlie Cook writes that the U.S. is going through an energy renaissance .
  • Sen. Bob Menendez must now respond to charges from an anonymous prostitute.
  • The “right way” to cut Pentagon spending cannot be through sequestration.
  • Obama meets with labor and immigration leaders. House holds immigration hearings.
  • Justice Department concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens (through drone or otherwise) if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force.”
  • Republican governors seek to revive their party by acting on old ideas: spur growth by cutting personal and corporate income taxes.  Many are compensating with the loss in revenue with an increase in sales taxes.
  • House Republicans struggle with the Violence Against Women Act despite a large majority of the Senate likely to approve the bill this week. 56% of women voted for a Democrat to be elected to the House in 2012.
  • Mitt Romney’s son Tagg will not run for U.S. Senate.  Perhaps Rafalca will step up.