* Move along, nothing to see here:
Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, experts found.
As Ryan Cooper keeps pointing out, there really is a lot — like, a lot — riding on what Obama is willing to try to accomplish on climate via executive action.
* Ari Berman has a very useful explanation of the new bipartisan measure introduced in the House today to fix the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the SCOTUS decision undermining it, and what this all means for the national battle over access to voting. This nails it:
The problem of contemporary voting discrimination ultimately requires a solution that only Congress can provide…now that there’s legislation on the table, members of Congress face a choice: Do you want to make it easier or harder for people to vote? The question, and answer, is really that simple.
* The Wall Street Journal confirms it again: Republicans will embrace legal status for the 11 million in the immigration “principles” they’re rolling out. There’s the possibility for a real compromise here, but Republicans will need to do more than pass piecemeal measures and say, “take it or leave it.”
* The Senate overwhelmingly approves the budget deal fleshing out the sequester replacement, confirming that occasionally Congress is capable of acting in ways that don’t do maximum damage to the economy.
* Excellent Jonathan Cohn takedown of the latest conservative Obamacare-Crony-Capitalism-Big-Gummint-Bailout mumbo jumbo.
* Meanwhile, Jonathan Chait takes stock of the anti-Obamacare movement, and finds that a few foes of the law, at least, are no longer 100 percent certain it has already collapsed. Progress?
* James Fallows with a very deep policy dive into why the Iran sanctions bill is, well, friggin’ insane.
* A great point from Olivier Knox: Obama’s big speech on NSA reform tomorrow falls, coincidentally, on the anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the dangers the military industrial complex posed to democracy.
* Definitely check in on Fernando Espuelas’s ongoing dissections of the Associated Press’s great big “Spanglish” Obamacare scoop.
* And legalized medicinal marijuana has a new supporter: Harry Reid. The Nevada Senator’s change of mind on a host of issues, from this to filibuster reform to gun control to gay marriage, represents one of the more interesting political evolutions of the moment.