What started out as a dreadfully slow news day where everybody was writing about stuff I wrote about yesterday is picking up smartly. Here are some mid-day updates in the form of lightly fried nuggets:

* Grassley amendment to immigration bill, which goes even further than Cornyn amendment by making initial legalization of the undocumented contingent on enforcement benchmarks, loses 43-57, with two Democrats (Manchin and Pryor) voting with Grassley and the four Republican Gang of Eight members plus Lisa Murkowski voting against it.

* SCOTUS unanimously holds companies cannot patent naturally occurring human DNA.

* Chief Justice John Roberts orders rare judicial misconduct review after complaint over 5th Circuit Judge Edith Jones’ inflammatory Federalist Society speech. Jones has regularly been on conservative SCOTUS nomination lists.

* House Oversight Committee Democrats set Monday deadline for Darrell Issa to explain exactly why he’s refusing to release full transcripts of witness testimony on the IRS “scandal.”

* Wisconsin Senate cuts off debate and passes bill requiring ultrasounds and detailed findings of results before any abortion.

And in non-political news:

* Watch the excitement build: Paris Hilton’s new album (for Cash Money Records) almost finished!

Back after some more news gathering.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.