Just found out a casual acquaintance whom I’ve voted for a couple of times for city council is a Republican who’s thinking about running against veteran Democratic congressman Sam Farr. I then spent about twenty minutes trying to remember the theological term for people who hide their actual religion. It’s Nicodemites, and it’s amazing how many GOPers out here practice that form of mild but annoying deception. I do wonder if they have a secret sign they exchange at social occasions.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Wow: Motion to proceed with “clean” DHS funding bill passes Senate 98-2. Even Cruz on board. Now what from the House?

* Kerry opens up on Netanyahu, mentions his enthusiasm for Iraq War.

* At TNR, Danny Vinik makes the case for Dems dumping Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman exasperated that Republicans don’t get why any president would try to avoid alienating Muslims fighting IS.

* At College Guide, Emmanuel Felton discusses the domination of Twitter by opponents of Common Core.

And in non-political news:

* Inglewood, CA, city council approves 80,000-seat NFL stadium to be built on land owned by Rams’ owner.

That’s it for Wednesday. We’ll close with the quintessential George Harrison song: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” from the White Album.

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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.