1. Is a new government part of the solution to Iraq’s escalating violence? Amid signals that the Obama administration may push for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation, a spokesman for Maliki says the leader will not step down in exchange for U.S. tactical support, according to the Guardian.
3. Then: We’re taking a look into the complicated racial and partisan politics in the South and previewing our new series, All In America: Behind the Color Line, airing all next week at 8 p.m. ET. For tonight: Republican Senator Thad Cochran’s game plan to beat his Tea Party challenger by courting black voters.
4. And: Rupert Murdoch makes his case for immigration reform in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Chris Hayes has the story behind the story.
5. Plus: Republican governors on the run! Prosecutors allege that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took part in a “criminal scheme” by coordinating fundraising efforts during the 2011-12 recall elections, while Esquire.com reports that prosecutors are closing in on some of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Port Authority allies.