* Good stuff from Nate Cohn on new Pew polling that demonstrates with depressing clarity that Republican voters want their party to rebrand itself, but don’t want it to moderate, at all, on the actual issues.
* Sabrina Siddiqui has new details on the grilling Obama will face tomorrow from Senate Dems unhappy with NSA surveillance overreach. I continue to think some kind of reform is inevitable, though it’s unclear how deep it will go.
* House Oversight Committee Dems release a new Web video recapping the initial GOP insinuations of White House involvement in, and political motivation for, the IRS targeting of conservatives, and juxtaposing them with what the hearings actually ended up showing:
I continue to wonder what Darrell Issa’s endgame will be here.
* Glenn Greenwald strikes again:
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
* Good catch by Scott Keyes, who posts video of Paul Ryan claiming House Republicans will not necessarily obey the Hastert Rule and will allow votes on immigration reform provisions, provided they’re in pieces.
That’s key, as long as something with citizenship gets a vote, as Ryan’s remarks do suggest very well may happen.
* Speaking of Rep. Ryan: He’s also conceding his office will help constituents with Obamacare, because…
“Anybody has a problem with the federal government, we’re going to help them because that’s my job.”
Good to know: As noted here the other day, Republican officials will soon have to decide whether they will offer their constituents the absolute minimum when it comes to helping them with the new law.
* GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski flips her vote and helps put Obama’s nominee to head the ATF over the top; ATF has been headless for a loooong time indeed.
* House Republicans yanked their version of the transportation and housing bill today, in what veteran reporter David Rogers explains is a “further sign that the party’s budget strategy is unraveling.”
Yes, it turns out that cutting spending requires — get this — proposing actual spending cuts.
* James Fallows on the awful false-equivalence treatment often accorded GOP debt ceiling threats, and how deeply absurd it is that this has come to be regarded as normal, as politics as usual.
* And a Montana veteran and gun owner pens an excellent piece in support of the Manchin-Toomey background check compromise.