* The political media’s long nightmare is finally over, reports Robert Costa:
* While she didn’t officially come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Clinton’s remarks to Iowa voters show she is essentially endorsing Elizabeth Warren’s critique of it, in particular her concerns about the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision.
* In a significant development, Mitch McConnell has announced that he’ll allow a vote on a bill that would end the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.
“I think that’s an extreme way to go,” Christie stated. “I think that quite frankly what Hillary Clinton is doing right now is pandering… We need to have an intelligent conversation about this and bring the American people along to where we can find consensus.”
Actually, a path to citizenship is extremely popular. Maybe that’s what Christie meant by “extreme.”
* The latest Gallup poll shows 60 percent of Americans supporting same-sex marriage, a record high and a 5-point jump since last year.
* James Fallows says that “knowing what we know now…” is a terrible question to ask about Iraq, because the war was inevitable almost from the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center (and maybe even before). Everybody knew this then, and everybody ought to know it now.
* Rachel Maddow has a good segment on the ways the “knowing what we know now” question is sanitizing the history of the run-up to the war. This point, about the media’s credulous treatment of Republicans who “concede” they would not have gone in, based on what we know now, is right on:
“When they come up with this answer that the Iraq War was the right decision at the time, it was well meaning, there was just that bad intelligence — oh, and by the way, it’s nice that Saddam’s gone — by and large, that’s treated as the right answer.”
Let’s not forget how invested the entire Republican Party was in this war, and for how long.
* Danny Vinik has a nice reported overview of the convergence in thinking between progressive and center-left economists in the wake of the financial crisis.
* Jenée Desmond-Harris examines what media coverage of violent incidents like the biker gang battle in Texas looks like when it involves white people.
* And Senator Ron Johnson, who for some reason is the chair of the Homeland Security Committee, says that he trusts Ayatollah Khamenei more than Barack Obama when it comes to the Iran nuclear deal. His justification? Obamacare. Seriously.