We asked WaPo reporter Joel Achenbach to write us a week in review with his reflections about the past seven days in the world — and Washington. He agreed. This is that piece.
The House voted down the Farm Bill this week, an ominous sign that, with the arrival of the solstice, we face a long summer of partisan gridlock, dysfunction, sniping, grousing and that most dreaded of political behaviors, kvetching. The Farm Bill is supposed to be a lay-up. But most Democrats voted against it, because it cut the food stamps program, and a quarter of the Republicans voted against it, because they hate government spending. This could mean, according to our story today, all kinds of problems in the agricultural sector, including a rise in milk prices. I am sure I speak for all Americans across this vast land when I say that there will be riots in the streets if this drives up the price of a latte.
Sunday's paper featured a detailed breakdown of the key races in all 50 states.
Republicans and Democrats will pick their nominees for a pair of open seats in Arkansas and Kentucky on Tuesday, while Democrats choose their candidate against targeted freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.).
The trio of House primaries highlight what is otherwise a pretty sleepy primary day in which President Obama’s performance in the Arkansas primary will likely be the most intriguing storyline
For those watching the battle for the House — political nerds unite! -- below are the three key questions that will be answered as tonight’s results roll in.