So my plan is to stay home until after tomorrow’s Supreme Court opinions are announced (normally after 10:00 EDT), and then head to San Jose for Netroots Nation, from which I will be sending regular reports (some on news, some on the confab). Should be a nice change of pace for readers and for me.

Here are some finals items of this day:

* After Tuesday’s freakout over a CNN/ORC poll showing Obama’s approval ratings dropping like a rock, interesting to see new Pew survey showing his ratings “holding steady.”

* Former intelligence contractor Joshua Foust offers an outstanding agenda for NSA reform at TAP.

* Texas Republicans use lowered thresholds for enactment during special legislative session to pass one of those packages of “abortion clinic regulations” designed to shut ’em down.

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides discusses the relationship between presidential job approval levels and legislative outcomes.

* At College Guide, Devin Castles examines the growing racial and gender gap in college completion rates.

And in non-political news:

* Paula Deen battling a passel of allegations she’s lived down to one southern stereotype she should have eschewed: using the N-word.

That’s it for the day. Though it’s musically distant from the ex-slave song we featured this morning, it’s still phenomenal and expresses a similar sentiment: Shirley Verrett performing Mozart’s “Exultate Jubilate.”


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.