The Caucus: The Early Word: Pause

Today’s Times

  • A long-running argument over austerity versus stimulus is likely to be muted at the two-day Group of 8 summit meeting this year, Jackie Calmes writes, as the United States and its allies are expected to continue debate on whether and how to intervene in Syria’s worsening civil war.
  • The battle against illegal crossings from Mexico has shifted for the first time in over a decade – from Arizona to South Texas – and the shift has fueled a bitter debate in Congress over whether the border is secure enough to move ahead with new immigration legislation, Eric Lipton and Julie Preston report.
  • President Obama is expected to name Cliff Sloan, a lawyer and close friend of Secretary of State John Kerry, as the new diplomatic envoy for the shutdown of the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Charlie Savage reports.

Happenings in Washington

  • Performers recognized as United States Presidential Scholars for dance, jazz, theater, music and voice will put on a free show at the John F. Kennedy Center on Monday evening.
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