1. Remember that Texas abortion law that made Wendy Davis famous? A federal judge today knocked out some of its provisions. Irin Carmon has the details.
2. Remember the Amash-Conyers amendment? It was an anti-National Security Agency (NSA) measure, and it failed narrowly in the House. Now, Adam Serwer reports, a bipartisan tide is moving even more strongly in favor of reining in the NSA; a new measure will include enough co-sponsors who voted against Amash-Conyers to have made up the difference in that case. In other words, this could be legislation with a real chance.
3. Big opportunity for reporters: check up on media examples of people getting hurt by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), find out that the story was botched — subsidies were ignored or increased benefits omitted or other possibilities. Erik Wemple shows how to do it.
4. Oh my. Did Suzanne Somers realize when she agreed to write against the ACA for the Wall Street Journal that Jonathan Chait was sure to notice? The exchange does not go well for her.
5. Here comes the battle over three D.C Circuit Court nominations, with Harry Reid filing cloture today on the first one, Patricia Millet. Jenifer Bendery reports.
6. Why Republicans should be careful about overdoing it on filibusters of these nominees, from Danny Vinick.
7. Overlooked point on immigration from Simon Rosenberg: the long history of Republican support for immigration and immigration reform makes this issue different from, say, health care or guns.
8. Sequestration is still hurting people, and Jared Bernstein is still tracking the unnecessary pain.
9. Kevin Drum watches the latest on Benghazi so we don’t have to. Nothing new? Yeah, I sort of figured that would be the case.
10. “How the Obama presidency may be changing young people’s views of race.” John Sides brings the political science.
11. John Judis on the future of the tea party.
12. Michael Lind on conservative Obamacare hypocrisy.
13. Outside money isn’t just a story in national contests; it’s also swamping into state judicial elections. Niraj Chokshi has the story. My view? If something should be decided by elections, then money is a plus — but judicial spots generally shouldn’t be determined by election.
14. And Garance Franke-Ruta is on “the case of the vanishing Obamacare girl.“