* So #Benghazi is not going to be All Grayson All The Time. Nancy Pelosi has announced five members she’ll appoint to the special House committee:
The members selected by Ms. Pelosi all served on committees that previously investigated the deadly assault: Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; Representative Adam Smith of Washington, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee; Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, a member of the Intelligence Committee; Representative Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, a decorated and severely wounded combat veteran of the Iraq war; and Representative Linda T. Sanchez of California, who also serves on the oversight committee.
These five were obviously chosen not because of their ability to shout dramatically in front of TV cameras, but because they know something about this matter, for whatever that’s worth.
* Sabrina Siddiqui gets inside the thinking that led to the decision to participate:
A proposal to appoint just one member to the committee…was “seriously considered,” a Democratic aide with knowledge of the committee’s formulation told The Huffington Post on condition of anonymity. But…in the end, it was decided that putting a full slate of Democrats on the committee outweighed the potential benefits of boycotting the entire matter. The predominant concern that could never be alleviated by the pro-boycott faction was that the White House could end up blindsided.
* Everyone is saying that yesterday’s primaries represent a defeat for the Tea Party, since a bunch of Republican incumbents held off challenges. But Ben Jacobs argues that the Tea Party has already won:
Despite not having any candidates who draped themselves in Gadsden flags win marquee races on Tuesday, the election results showed the ultimate success of the Tea Party’s effort to change the very DNA of the GOP, as the median voter in a Republican primary has become far more conservative in the past few years. The “establishment” candidates may have won — but they did so by becoming increasingly conservative.
When Mitch McConnell — Mitch McConnell! — is saying in his victory speech that the “powers that be” in Washington better watch out, it’s hard to disagree.
* But as Brian Beutler spells out, the term “Tea Party” may not be very meaningful anymore, because the GOP solved its base problem by finding very conservative candidates who aren’t prone to saying stupid things.
* Ryan Cooper has a good piece examining a study on the effect of “climategate,” the non-scandal in which conservatives tried to convince everyone that climate scientists were conspiring to falsify data. The good news: The incident was forgotten relatively quickly. The bad: There has been a decline in interest in the climate change issue over the last few years, which is really unfortunate.
* Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has announced that he will not appeal the federal court decision declaring the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. What this means: Marriage equality is now the law in the entire Northeast.
* Remember when Republicans were going to use the nomination of Sylvia Burwell to HHS as an opportunity to destroy Obamacare in the realm of public opinion? Her nomination has approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 21-3 vote.
* Over at the American Prospect, I looked at the fundraising of the candidates on the ballot yesterday. Turns out that in almost every case, whoever raised the most money won.
* Democratic Michigan Senate candidate Gary Peters is attacking his opponent Terri Lynn Land over abortion and Personhood, another sign the issue could end up mattering.
* A Marquette Law School poll of the Wisconsin governor’s race shows Scott Walker and his opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, tied at 46 percent. #GOPWave
* A poll by Democratic firm PPP of the Iowa Senate race shows Bruce Braley leading probable nominee Joni Ernst by 6 points, which perhaps suggests that his farmer gaffe — widely and gleefully cited by Republicans — didn’t end his candidacy.
* In case you missed this one, a couple of days ago House Republicans released their agriculture budget, which included an interesting provision to get free meals to poor children over the summer months when they aren’t in school. The Republicans’ proposal would limit the program to rural poor children, as opposed to urban kids.
But it has absolutely nothing to do with race. Not a thing.
* And nutty Georgia Rep. Paul Broun gave up his seat to run unsuccessfully for Senate. One candidate who made a runoff yesterday to replace him is Jody Hice. Tim Murphy reads his book:
In a 2012 book, that candidate — pastor and talk radio host Jody Hice—alleges the gay community has a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children. In It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America, Hice also asserts that supporters of abortion rights are worse than Hitler and compares gay relationships to bestiality and incest. He proposes that Muslims be stripped of their First Amendment rights.
Soon, he may be making our laws.