July 15, 2013

1. I’ll start with something that isn’t getting the attention it deserves: the effects of sequestration. Every day, the costs of the failure of Congress to choose more sensible policies — and, yes, Republicans deserve the bulk of the blame here — lead to pain and suffering for real people. Oh, and it’s also terrible for the economy. Nancy Cook reports on “How the sequester hurts poor people.”

2. Meanwhile, Jared Bernstein continues his terrific work on this with another in a series of links to important articles about sequestration effects.

3. Senators meeting this evening on the fate of the filibuster on executive branch nominations. Jonathan Weisman and Jeremy Peters report.

4. Molly Ball wonders if Harry Reid could still be bluffing.

5. But Harry Reid’s rejection (at least for now) of a new “gang” of compromisers suggests he has the votes.

6. Could this be news? Mike Memoli reports: “Sen. Udall tells reporters may be deal in works to avert nuclear option, with status of NLRB noms the key sticking point.”

7. I argue that as long as nullification dies, a reasonable deal may be possible.

8. Interesting. Did a new district make Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) moderate his position on immigration? Andrew Kaczynski reports that he’s pulled immigrant-bashing videos from his Web site.

9. Always informative when Sarah Kliff answers questions about Obamacare implementation.

10. Richard Hasen: “Three Wrong Progressive Approaches (and One Right One) to Campaign Finance Reform.”

11. Yes, this: Anna North pleads for an end to “women’s stories.”

12. Henry Farrell on the evidence about autism.

13. Some useful history (that’s not only history): Ed Kilgore on Barry Goldwater.

14. And here’s a fun one: Forty years of Congressional acronym abuse, from Noah Veltman.