Immigration Reform 2013: What's Next For the Gang of Eight's Bill

Trending In Our News Feeds Boy Scouts to vote on gay ban. The Boy Scouts of America are set to vote on a proposal to end the organization’s ban on gays at its three-day Annual Meeting. The proposal in front of the 1,400-member National Council would allow gay youth to become Scouts, but would prevent gay scouts from filling leadership roles. While a Boy Scouts survey says 61% of those affiliated with the Scouts support the current ban on gays, a Washington Post-ABC News poll said 63% of respondents wanted to allow gay youth in the Scouts. The Council will vote tomorrow.
 
Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout and founder of Scouts For Equality, is a leading advocate in the fight to allow gays in the Scouts. In an exclusive story for PolicyMic, he discusses why every millennials should care about the future of the Scouts. Here are some highlights:
 
On the value of membership in the Scouts: “Entrepreneurship” was one of my very first merit badges, which helped turn the small gardening service I used for spending-money into a full-fledged lawn service company. It taught me how to read a balance sheet and monetize an idea. Scouting taught me how to lead and how to execute. Almost every single Eagle Scout I've ever met has conveyed nearly the same thing. Not necessarily about growing a business, but about leadership and cooperation and getting things done.
 
On the significance of acceptance of gay scouts: There's no scientific way to assess this, but I'd say that Scouting is likely somewhat less American than baseball, but probably more American than apple pie. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the cultural message sent when such a quintessentially American institution includes young gay men. As the [Boy Scouts of America] move towards the full acceptance of LGBT people, it… sends a message to the echelons of conservative America: “Gay people are our friends, family, neighbors… and our Scouts.”
 
Make sure to read Zach’s entire story and don’t forget to share it on Facebook.
 
Aid pours in for Oklahoma tornado victims. First responders continued to search for tornado survivors in the town of Moore as support poured in from across the country. The Atlantic Wire reports the University of Oklahoma offered to house tornado victims, and firefighters from California crossed state lines to help recovery efforts. Facebook groups sprung up to help residents of Moore track down their lost possessions, and Reddit crowdsourced the efforts to find lost pets. One woman even found her lost dog in the middle of a TV interview. The National Weather Service has given the tornado its most dangerous “EF-5” rating. Officials revised yesterday’s death toll down to 24, but more casualties are expected.
 
Senate committee approves immigration bill. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill last night by a vote of 13-5. Politico reports the Gang of Eight deflected most of the proposals to change the bill, having considered over 140 amendments from the committee. Before the bill passed, an emotional debate broke out over a proposal to grant green cards to the partners of gay immigrants. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), who proposed the amendment, said, “I don’t want to be the senator who asks people to choose between the love of their life and the love of their country.” The committee did not vote on the amendment, which would likely have made the bill unpalatable to Republicans. The bill will see a full Senate vote in June.
 
Garcetti wins L.A. mayoral race. The two-year, $33 million campaign to elect a new mayor for the city of Los Angeles came to a close early this morning when city controller Wendy Greuel called Eric Garcetti to concede the race. Garcetti tweeted at 2:52 a.m., “Thank you Los Angeles. The hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let's make this a great city again.” CNN tells you why this was a landmark race, from the candidates’ backgrounds to their roles within the Democratic Party. Garcetti will take office July 1.
 
Weiner announces run for NYC mayor. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner officially announced his candidacy for mayor of New York City in a video released this morning. In the clip, Weiner emphasizes his New York roots and promises to fight for the middle class. Weiner’s political ambitions suffered a major setback in 2011 when he tweeted a lewd photo of himself to a college student in Seattle.
 
Must Reads From PolicyMic 4 Issues Far Worse Than the IRS, Benghazi, and AP Scandals (Robert Taylor, @Westernerd) – While the latest Washington scandals are undoubtedly examples of corrupted political power, there are systemic, institutionalized threats to American liberty that are far more dangerous.
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5 Things No One Tells You About Life After College (Heather Price-Wright, @heatherwpw) – Post-graduate life can be an exciting and liberating time, but parts of it are tougher than you expect. No one told me just how hard it would be; here are five things to look out for.
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How Will Oklahoma's Budget-Cutting Senators Respond to the Tornado That Ravaged Their State? (Matthew Rozsa) – Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe voted to cut Hurricane Sandy relief funds by nearly two-thirds. Now that disaster is in their backyard, will they change their tune?
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6 Of Daft Punk's Most Blatant Rip-Offs (Sam Brounstein, @SamTheBearJew) – Daft Punk is not nearly as original as their fans would like to think. Music purists, prepare to be crushed.
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4 Reasons Olympia Snowe Was Right to Leave Congress (Kate Moening) – Critics say moderate Republican Olympia Snowe should have stayed in office to make real change in Senate gridlock. This is why they’re wrong.
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What We’re SharingWhy you shouldn’t blame Apple for dodging billions in taxes (Atlantic).
 
The scariest thing about tornados is how little we know about them (New Yorker).
 
Should geniuses like Tumblr’s David Karp be allowed to drop out of high school? (Salon)
 
A guy who used to work at Subway just made a major math breakthrough (Wired)
Hat tip: Jesse Chevan
 
Microsoft’s new Xbox: everything you could ever want to know (Verge).
 
If you’re Latino, good luck getting help from election officials (Washington Post).
 
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