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:
* 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.”