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The story is changing by the minute, but here is what we know about the GOP mutiny on Capitol Hill over immigration…which now involves the farm bill:

From The Hill’s Melanie Zanona and Juliegrace Brufke: GOP lawmakers hope to reach an agreement by the end of the day to end a revolt by Republican centrists demanding votes on legislation to protect "Dreamers”...House conservatives and GOP leaders hope to come up with a way forward that moderate Republicans, conservatives and even some Democrats could support (The Hill)...The bill that conservatives favor will get a vote next month. That’s a problem for some who want to vote on immigration before the farm bill roll call. It’s also a problem for centrist Republicans who have indicated they may torpedo the bill sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteFusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke 'constitutional rights not to testify': lawyers MORE (R-Va.), voting against the rule bringing it to the floor. (The Hill).

This is a stunning and abrupt turn of events that seemed unimaginable only a week ago. Moderate Republicans running in swing districts have effectively forced Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Ryan signals support for sanctions if Saudis killed Khashoggi MORE’s (R-Wis.) hand by threatening to work with Democrats to force a vote on an immigration bill.

Analysis from The Hill’s editor-in-chief Bob Cusack:

“This is a multi-layered problem for Republican leaders, who are getting squeezed by the Freedom Caucus and moderate Republicans who are in danger of losing their seats this fall. For years, centrist GOP lawmakers have talked tough and then caved to leadership. But on this issue, they are organized and not backing down. Are Republicans going to get a sweeping deal on the thorny issue of immigration less than six months before the election? Color me skeptical.” 

Keep coming back to TheHill.com as more developments unfold today ...

Watch: House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth in Congress, attorney cries McCarthyism Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena MORE (R-N.C.) tells The Hill that Republicans are close to an immigration deal.

The Hill: GOP leaders will roll the dice on a Friday farm bill vote even as conservatives threaten to take it down over immigration. 

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