Updated at 4:15 p.m.
On Wednesday at the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas, former President Bill Clinton mentioned the possibility of turning Social Security cards into photo IDs as a way of counteracting voter suppression. It sparked immediate reaction from the left and the right -- it's the thread of an idea that has provoked controversy many times over the past decade.
An incredible thing happened this week: A bill written by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has passed Congress.
It's a notable accomplishment in an institution accustomed to taking months, if not years, to pass legislation. And it's even a more notable accomplishment for a senator considered by many to be the embodiment of partisan gridlock and who has been frank about his disinterest in going along to get along on Capitol Hill.
President Obama has been sounding the alarm to Democrats about the midterm elections. He's trying to energize the base, warning that Democrats get "clobbered" in midterm elections and urging a major push to get people to the polls.
At a Houston fundraiser Wednesday night -- at a mansion with a pool flanked by palm trees, which a reporter there described as "a sight from Versailles" -- Obama lambasted the amount of money that Republicans were pouring into super PACs and what he believes are deliberate efforts to dissuade Democrats from voting.
Stephen Colbert made his mark in comedy -- and politics -- as a conservative. He repeatedly lambasted President Obama, the Democratic Congress and a panoply of liberal outlets. Like this riff on President Obama and the NSA spying scandal.
Except that Colbert was kidding. From the pronunciation of his last name -- KOHL-bear not kohl-BERT -- to his espoused arch-conservatism, Colbert was, self admittedly, playing a character named "Stephen Colbert." And, according to reports announcing his hiring to succeed David Letterman as the next host of "Late Night" on CBS, the character "Stephen Colbert" will be no more. "In the new role, Colbert, 49, will retire the faux conservative character he portrays on his cable show," reports Bloomberg's Andy Fixmer.
Here's President Obama at a fundraiser Wednesday night for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Houston, Texas: "This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory. And that's by objective measures, just basic activity."
So, is he right? And, if he is, so what?
Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey hail from opposing ends of the political spectrum. But they have a common enemy: A super PAC that has hit the airwaves with attack ads aimed at both of them.
It's not every day that an outside group simultaneously hits two candidates from different parties running in the same race before the primary election. But that's exactly what Ending Spending Action Fund is doing in the Georgia Senate race. The group's sudden foray into the quickly intensifying campaign has drawn renewed attention to the unique lane it occupies in the midterm campaign.
It's not news that the ideological middle in Congress is disappearing. But rarely have I ever seen it so starkly documented as in these two slides courtesy of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, a lobbying firm here in D.C. Using National Journal's annual vote ratings, the slides compare the most liberal Republican and the most conservative Democrat and count the number of members in between those two poles.
"Good news, ladies. If you're 38 years old, financially you're just 29."
The ultimate question swirling around Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is whether his four-month congressional career is doomed after a video caught him snogging a married staff scheduler. But what are the chances he is still in office next year?
Not great, according to a Post analysis of 38 scandals since 1974.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the main muse of the Civil Rights Summit taking place at the LBJ Presidential Library this week, legislation passed the following year, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, has brought forth many words from the Obama administration this week, many of which can be linked neatly to the 2014 midterms and where the Democratic Party sees itself in the future.