It’s hump-day for the year. All downhill in 2011 from this point forward.

• Late-breaking news tonight that a Kansas court has blocked the byzantine licensing rules for abortion clinics in the state. This allows two clinics to remain open. Between this, another block of South Dakota’s abortion law and the overturning Michigan’s affirmative-action ban, I’m thinking that, at least at the district level, there’s some sanity left in the courts.

• Tim Geithner says he’s staying at Treasury “for the foreseeable future.” I don’t really think yesterday’s claim that he was thinking of leaving after the debt limit debate came out of nowhere.

• The rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn has crashed and burned, based on some lies told to prosecutors by the victim. DSK was freed without bail. The forensic evidence that he and the maid had sexual relations is solid, but the woman’s credibility is in serious question. This is really bad for the Manhattan DA’s office.

• Unions proposed a settlement in the Boeing/South Carolina NLRB case. Why don’t they just move some of their overseas parts operations into South Carolina? “Nah, it’ll never work,” Boeing replied.

• But it’s harder to generate sympathy for the machinists’ union cause, when they criticize the President for wanting to roll back a small tax break on corporate jet ownership.

• Wisconsin state Supreme Court judge David Prosser has an extreme anger management problem, it would appear. The post-choking email flurry is interesting as well.

• Mitt Romney’s getting pummeled today for walking back his comment that Obama’s policies made the economy worse. I think it’s actually more damning that Romney’s whole “I raised $10 million in a day” stunt was a lie.

• Dan Crippen comes out against the online sales tax loophole. Amazon’s gambit of kicking all its California affiliates off its program isn’t going to work, by the way; they have at least two other major subsidiaries in the state.

• One reason why the BofA settlement needs to be stopped is that foreclosure sales are being halted all across the country, and this settlement could be seen as a model for banks to stop that process, who desperately want them off their books.

• All that talk about Ali Abdullah Saleh being days away from walking back into Yemen was spin. He’s in serious condition and not coming back for a while.

• Republicans still having trouble explaining to their constituents how ending Medicare is good for them.

• You can forget about a clean energy standard getting through this Congress, if you even remembered that anyone was trying to.

• Ezra Klein with the weekly reminder that doing nothing will solve the deficit “problem.”

• Heather Hurlburt has a good piece on the fetishization of the military in the 21st century. It’s ostensibly about the new CIA Director, David Petraeus, but really, that’s what it’s about.

• Linking the payroll tax holiday to the unemployment rate, so it goes away at a set time, is a decent enough idea if you think the economy will rebound… well, ever.

• Moammar Gadhafi’s son claims that there’s a secret deal with NATO on the table that would trade peace for a dropping of charges against the Libyan ruler in the International Criminal Court. I’m dubious. Meanwhile, now that one French arms shipment to the rebels has been revealed, the rebels want more.

• North Carolina’s comically gerrymandered redistricting is brutal for Democrats, particularly for Rep. Brad Miller, a very smart and conscientious guy who may not have anywhere to run now.

• Great point by Matt Yglesias on the debt limit: if we get to the point where the government has to prioritize payments to conserve cash, all the options other than ordering payment in full look Constitutionally suspect.

• US manufacturing shot up in June, leading to a stock rally. Goldman Sachs sees green shoots in the second half. If it wasn’t for the imminent default event, I’d say things are looking up!

More huge protests, more repression in Syria. It’s a very familiar story.

• DoJ is taking aim at medical marijuana dispensaries.

• Heard a radio ad about a Quicken Loans YOURgage, where they’ll build a mortgage made just for you! Now remember that the next time there’s a financial crisis. I’m sure it will be at least partially responsible.

“Some will call me a torturer.”

• How about the guy who flew from NY-LA with an old boarding pass not in his name?

• The special election to replace Anthony Weiner is the same day as the one to replace Dean Heller, September 13. Super Tuesday!

• Two things I love: Bjork and “a series of newly-invented instruments.”

David Dayen

David Dayen