MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

A Strategic Transformation
Talking Points Memo's Hunter Walker comments on Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli's transformation from hard-line Tea Party conservative to moderate Republican in light of his decision to run for governor.

Positive forecast for public debt
Wonkblog's Lydia DePillis says the declining debt-to-GDP ratio is due to improvements in healthcare reform and tax increases on the wealthy, among other variables.

A melting pot for gangs?
The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft criticizes the Gang of Eight's immigration proposal, saying it will grant citizenship to a sweeping majority of "criminal gang members" seeking amnesty.

IRS at the "nexus" of big government
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey argues that the IRS epitomizes the problems of an over-sized government.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Senate passes immigration bill on 68-32 vote
The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Thursday, but the legislation faces significant hurtles as it moves to the House, The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports.

Perry scolds Davis for abortion filibuster
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) criticized state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) for filibustering a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, due to her background as a teenage mother, The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports.