Morning Must Reads: June 3

In the news: college Republicans, piecemeal immigration, IRS conferences, a deficit deal, Detroit's downfall, the temporary farm subsidy program, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the Strategy Group for Media.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • The College Republican National Committee rips the perception of its party’s economic position, and its stance on Hispanics and gay marriage, in a new report.
  • On immigration, the House GOP leans toward a piecemeal approach.
  • The IRS spent $50 million on conferences for employees.
  • Deficit deal is less likely as improving fiscal health eases pressure amid gridlock.
  • Steve Coll: “To rebalance the national-security state and to otherwise revitalize American democracy, the United States requires a Supreme Court willing to deepen protections for investigative reporters.”
  • Michael Barone blames unions for Detroit’s downfall.
  • Meet Google’s Washington insider: Susan Molinari
  • Congress is attempting to kill a farm subsidy program that was set to expire 10 years ago yet still doles out almost $5 billion a year to farmers and non-farmers alike.
  • Iraqi Kurdistan will be forced to seek a “new form of relations” with the central government in Baghdad if negotiations fail to resolve their disputes over oil and land, Masoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous region said.
  • Inside the meltdown at America’s most conservative, most Christian political consulting firm, the Strategy Group for Media