July 2, 2013
Obamacare fliers
A pamphlet titled “The Impact of Obamacare.” (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

1. The Affordable Care Act employer mandate and some reporting requirements will be delayed a year, until 2015.

2. Sarah Kliff gives a bit of background and explanation on this latest Obamacare story.

3. There’s a new report out today about federal district courts — yes, all that GOP obstruction has had an effect. Jennifer Bendery has a useful recap.

4. My take on the district court disaster.

5. Here comes ENDA: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is planning to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next week.This is going to be an interesting one when it gets to the Senate floor; it’s very popular, but Republicans almost certainly have 41 votes if they want to kill it by filibuster. Or will they allow it to pass by majority vote and make it John Boehner’s problem?

6. Kevin Drum makes the case for Republican action on immigration (or, at least letting the bill passed). Note that by this logic — that the big win for Republicans is getting the topic off the table — it doesn’t matter whether they support it or not, only that they allow it to pass.

7. But that’s not happening, reports Benjy Sarlin: Republicans are very tempted to go with the Anglos-only strategy.

8. Francis Wilkinson:

[T]he racial composition of the Republican Party isn’t just a numbers game; it’s a crisis of legitimacy. And further pursuit of whiteness is a jarringly wrong-headed strategy. In a multiracial nation, growing ever more diverse, how will nonwhites interpret the motives, aspirations and identity of a political party that insists on staking its claim to power on a racially exclusive base?

9. Sean Trende, whose analysis started the current round of the discussion, goes back to the numbers..

10. The politics of “framing” and abortion, from Ed Kilgore.

11. “Permanent portable” voter registration? Sounds good to me.

12. Digby wonders: “What if the people running our secret programs are idiots?” Good question.

13. And Ross Douthat on the importance of Andrew Sullivan.

Good catch from Nicholas Beaudrot: No one cares about judicial activism and thus worries about a backlash if the courts achieve some result (say, marriage equality) are wrong.