It’s gonna be lively here at PA the next couple of weeks or so. We’re kicking off the roundtable discussion of Stan Greenberg’s piece on the white working class and the “reform” agenda tomorrow. And then next week we’ll be highlighting the full June/July/August issue of WaMo. Don’t go away!

Here are some less frantic midday news/views treats:

* Jeffrey Toobin offers an analysis of yesterday’s two SCOTUS decisions involving (though on the margins) freedom of speech and of religion.

* Huckabee claims children threatened by transgender rights.

* If you ever wanted to read a very long defense of Eximbank, Politico‘s interview with bank president Fred Hochberg supplies it.

* At TNR, Chloe Angyal reviews book on embattled lives of abortion workers.

* At the Prospect, Nathalie Baptiste wonders why Mike Huckabee’s offer of forgiveness to Josh Duggar and his parents doesn’t extend to victims of police violence who may have been less than perfect.

And in non-political news:

* Horrific death toll likely after cruise ship capsizes in Yangtze River.

As we break for lunch, here’s Charlie Watts and the Stones with “19th Nervous Breakdown” in 1966.

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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.