Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk RNC Chairman Reince Priebus butching it up

alazraqui• Comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his role in the new Pixar movie “Planes”

• The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country following the threat by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.

• Alex Rodriguez faced reporters Monday, thanking Major League Baseball for the opportunity to continue playing as he fights against doping charges. Rodriguez’s suspension, effective August 8, covers 211 games, but he will be allowed to continue playing as he appeals the decision.

• Today, President Obama will deliver a speech in Phoenix to, as White House spokesman Jay Carney put it Monday, “lay out proposals for continuing to help responsible homeowners and those Americans who seek to own their homes.”

A gunman blasted shots through the wall of a municipal building during a meeting in Pennsylvania last night and then barged into the room and continued firing, killing three people, before he was tackled by a local official and shot with his own gun, a witness said.