* Reality check of the day: Jonathan Cohn notes that while Democrats won today’s filibuster standoff, the Senate remains as broken as ever, and functional, democratic government remains very far away indeed.
* David Firestone: Yes, Mitch McConnell really did lose some of his power today. Good stuff.
Republicans have conceded that Democrats can change the filibuster rule at will, and they clearly understand that the will to do so exists.
* Jonathan Bernstein on how today’s events mean nullification via the filibuster of executive branch nominations may now be dead.
“If in fact the House recognized the smart thing, the right thing to do, was to go ahead and send the Senate bill to the floor for a vote, I think it would pass tomorrow,” Obama told Norma Garcia of Telemundo Dallas in a series of four interviews with Spanish-language news stations at the White House.
“But the House Republicans I think still have to process this issue and and discuss it further, and hopefully, I think, still hear from constituents, from businesses to labor, to evangelical Christians who all are supporting immigration reform,” he continued. “All this means that we may have to go through several more weeks of work before we actually pass the bill. So it probably will — hopefully happen in the fall.”
Putting immigration reform’s hopes all on John Boehner and House Republicans, as many in the Hispanic media are already wont to do.
* Also in the interviews with Hispanic media: Obama says a path to citizenship is a must, and that Republicans must find a way politically to embrace it — again putting this all on them.
* Ed Kilgore continues to do nice work exposing the realities of the modern conservative movement to those who might prefer to look away.
* Senator Carl Levin to Obama: If you want to hold Director of National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for misleading Congress about the NSA surveillance, “fire him.”
* Liz Cheney is running for Senate, prompting her target, Senator Mike Enzi, to remark: “I thought we were friends.”
* David Atkins ponders the question: Why was George Zimmerman allowed to have a concealed firearm?
* And your sorely needed Tuesday comic relief: Someone inside Ken Cuccinnelli’s gubernatorial campaign thought it would be a good idea to make up a fake poll to prove the real one showing him losing is skewed, or something.