MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Grimes's uphill battle for Senate seat
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey argues that Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is not likely to beat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the Senate seat in Kentucky, a historically red state.

Republicans skeptical as immigration bill moves to House
The Corner's Lindsey Grudnicki comments on Lou Barletta's (R-Pa.) interview where he addresses the Corker-Hoeven amendment, stating that it "creates the image of strength while in reality it is the opposite."

Red states implement strict abortion regulations
The Plum Line's Jamelle Bouie criticizes Texas's Senate Bill 5 that aims at restricting abortions by requiring that clinics be located within 30 miles of a hospital.

DOMA prompts tough choices for same-sex spouses
TPM's Brian Beutler recognizes the Obama administration for unlocking benefits for same-sex couples living in "recognized" states, but notes that those couples living in "nonrecognition" may face serious questions regarding where to live for estate planning purposes.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Director of National Intelligence: "I apologize"
In a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Director of National Intelligence James Clapper apologized for misleading Congress regarding NSA surveillance activity, The Hill's Jeremy Herb reports.

Farm lobby: "Move a unified farm bill forward"
Agriculture organizations are lobbying against the conservative push to split the farm bill into separate food stamp and farm subsidy portions, The Hill's Erik Wasson reports.