I lost myself a bit in an extended twitter fight between Glenn Greenwald and Ezra Klein, so instead of a new story I’ll just dump my tabs. There should be a final vote in the House on the reconciliation bill shortly.

• Kevin Drum tried to get my hopes up about ending the war in Afghanistan, but then the US military tamped down hopes for any peace proposal on the horizon.

• Charlie Crist just wrote Kendrick Meek’s campaign ad for the fall. Marco Rubio is a fraud, and a smart Democratic campaign would highlight that.

• Good news from China: they’re joining talks to reach a settlement between Iran and the developed world. Bad news from China: they’re not changing their currency policy. I guess the Senate will move to pass those penalties for currency manipulation – but wait, co-sponsor Lindsey Graham says the well is poisoned! Sorry, South Carolina workers!

• Are we really moving toward a Pope forced to resign in disgrace? I don’t think so – accountability and the Catholic church are not even passing acquaintances, especially in these sex abuse cases. Still, that’s a shocking story.

• As actual threats against Democratic lawmakers continue, I just feel sad for Eric Cantor and his preposterous claim about a shooting at his Richmond office. Here’s the truth. How pathetic.

• Speaking of Tea Bag Nation, crazy story about one of the taunters of that guy with Parkinson’s in Ohio, now remorseful and unable to sleep because of his actions.

• Thomas Hoenig railed against too big to fail today, but the problem is that the financial reform bills on offer bears no resemblance to the rigid separation between investment and commercial banks that Hoenig seeks.

• Brad Johnson has a solid look at what’s happening on climate change legislation. Looks like the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman framework would punt the question of offshore drilling to the states.

• Rich Trumka wants Craig Becker seated on the National Labor Relations Board.

• Shorter John Ensign: and I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for you meddling reporters with your microphones and cameras and such.

• David Frum has been written out of the conservative movement (and is Dick Armey next?).

• Bruce Bartlett has a retrospective on Frum and AEI, including this glorious phrase:

Since, he is no longer affiliated with AEI, I feel free to say publicly something he told me in private a few months ago. He asked if I had noticed any comments by AEI “scholars” on the subject of health care reform. I said no and he said that was because they had been ordered not to speak to the media because they agreed with too much of what Obama was trying to do.

The DNC actually sent this around to the liberal press. So I’m supposed to feel good about passing health care reform that AEI hacks could love? Or that the individual mandate is a conservative idea about “personal responsibility” endorsed by Mitt Romney?

• I don’t think those immersed in domestic policy and hailing this “win” for the Administration on health care understand how betrayed civil liberties advocates feel about this President.

• Small victory: we got that Afghan police contract out of the hands of Blackwater.

• I don’t see blogging so much as working, so I guess you can say that I work 43 minutes a month too, but I’m not being paid by the federal government to be a mechanic in a war zone.

• If you’ve never heard of the phrase special Attorney General, then you’re not the Governor of Georgia saddled with a top cop who won’t do everything you want.

• Yes, legalizing pot will be on the ballot in California in November. I have a feeling I’ll get more calls about registering to vote than ever before…

David Dayen

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