It’s unclear if any votes will happen on the Wall Street reform bill tonight. I’m told that lobbyists are working furiously to get Senators to vote against the Merkley-Levin amendment, which will come up soon. If anything happens, I’ll let you know.

Also, too:

• Rand Paul, the talk of the town today, has reversed himself on the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But he made basically the same points in opposition way back in 2002. This issue isn’t going away. Also, someone should ask him why he wants government to stay out of the lives of free people except when they want to give good Medicare rates to doctors like him. Anyone following this story has to read The Poor Man today, by the way.

• Could it be that the US is reverting back to the Bush-era stance that the only way for Iran to get back to the negotiating table is by giving up all their uranium enrichment? Is stopping enrichment a pre-condition for talks? What happened to “you talk with your enemies, without pre-conditions”?

• A House panel made it nearly impossible for the President to close Guantanamo, denying funds for a move to the Thomson correctional facility in Illinois.

• Bob Bennett will not opt in to a write-in campaign in Utah to try and win his seat back, preferring to retire and go quietly.

• DHS and the EPA are demanding from BP all data and information related to the BP oil disaster they have so far acquired. They’re finally getting a little serious about this.

• Chris Van Hollen is absolutely right about the piss-poor NRCC. They run the same “Nancy Pelosi is teh evul” campaign in every district, don’t speak to the voters’ local concerns, and lose over and over again. It’s pathetic. So here’s to them doing exactly the same thing in November.

• Arizona lawmakers may be troglodytes, but Arizona voters just passed a sales tax increase to pay for needed services and fill a budget hole. And they did it with relative ease. So much for Taxed Enough Already.

• Alan Blinder shills for Social Security cuts today. Again, I don’t know why Democrats let this conversation last for more than two seconds without saying “eliminate the cap on payroll taxes.” Problem solved.

More problems with the Minerals Management Service, this time over permits for drilling in the Arctic.

• Part one of Jonathan Cohn’s exhaustive study of the passage of health care reform is here. The series should have some interesting tidbits.

• The real story behind the single most devastating ad in Pennsylvania history.

• An unexpected rise in jobless claims along with more worries about the euro (amid more protests in Greece) led to a significant loss for the stock market today. The only thing up on Wall Street is fear.

• Is Bill Halter attracting rural, conservative, anti-Lincoln voters by default?

• There’s the little matter of another potential Korean War. Nothing to see here, move on please.

• Great story from FDL’s Michael Whitney on the job hazards of oil rig workers.

• Meg Whitman is only up by single digits over Steve Poizner, after having a 50-point lead in the same poll only two months ago.

• Two progressive candidates for the Texas Board of Education promise to fight the revisionist history textbook changes, if elected in November.

• The Staten Island GOP digs into its rolodex of good Republican spokesman and nominates Vito Fossella, the guy with two families, for his old House seat.

• Finally, here’s the best part of Ben Nelson’s admission that he’s never used an ATM machine: he says “I know about the holograms.” By “holograms,” he apparently meant the barcode scanners at the supermarket. Ben Nelson and George H.W. Bush should go on a barnstorming tour where they marvel at 1970s-era technology.

David Dayen

David Dayen

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